Sharpshooting with Shotgun

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Shatrughan Sinha in conversation with Rachel Dwyer Sneha Khaund Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   Veteran Bollywood actor and Member of Parliament, Shatrughan Sinha, was interviewed by Rachel Dwyer about his recent biography, Anything But Khamosh, written by Bharathi S. Pradhan. As described in the book, Sinha was one of the earliest FTII graduates to enter the… Read more »

Interview: Shatrughan Sinha

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Sneha Khaund   What are your thoughts on JLF at Southbank Centre? This is my very first experience of JLF.  I have enjoyed talking to Rachel. Such festivals encourage intellectuals and interested people to engage. I have deep appreciation for the organisers of the Jaipur Literature Festival, as well as the participants.   What are… Read more »

The Third Gender

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A. Revathi and Laxmi Narayan Tripathi in conversation with Vayu Naidu and Namita Gokhale Presented by Zeloof Family Sangeeta Bhagawati Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   The Third Gender, or the Hijda community of India, is a sexually ambivalent community – usually treated with fear and misconception, and often marginalized or discriminated against as a… Read more »

Democracy at Work: An Eye on Elections

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Swapan Dasgupta, Salman Khurshid, Mukulika Banerjee and John Elliott in conversation with Pragya Tiwari Sneha Khaund Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   The major theme of this session was the recent rise of national parties in regional elections. Swapan Dasgupta argued that a successful political party is one that blends national concerns with local issues.According… Read more »

Reporting India

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John Elliott, Dean Nelson and Andrew Whitehead in conversation with Barkha Dutt Presented by Aga Khan Foundation Sangeeta Bhagawati Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   Barkha Dutt explored some of the challenges of being a journalist, specifically a foreign correspondent, in a pluralistic and dynamic country like India. She pointed out that often foreign correspondents come… Read more »

Ideas of India

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Swapan Dasgupta, Rakhshanda Jalil, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, Mukulika Banerjee  and Pragya Tiwari, introduced by Malvika Singh Sneha Khaund Official JLF at Southbank Blogger   Pragya Tiwari spent two years researching the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the right-wing, Hindu nationalist organisation in India. She noted that it was Tagore who coined the phrase “Idea of India,”… Read more »

Interview with Jim Mallison, the Sadhu-Academic

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By Jules Evans, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Guest Blogger   Dr Jim Mallison is unique among British academics. Not only is he a widely-respected Sansrkit scholar at the School of Oriental and Africa Studies in London, he’s also the only Westerner ever to become a mahant – a senior sadhu in a sect of yogis,… Read more »

Interview with Manu Joseph

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By Apekshita Varshney, ZEE JLF Official Blogger   Conversations at literary festivals, whether at launches, lunches or lulling talks, tend to range across a complex tumult of terms, from post-truth and nihilism, to ideas of ‘the other’ and rewriting mythology. So when a voice conducts a straightforward, intelligible inquiry into literature and activism, it stands… Read more »

Interview with Paul Beatty

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By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Paul Beatty writes for himself. But since becoming the first American to win the Man Booker Prize in 2016 for his novel The Sellout – a bizarre, comical yet profound take on racism – he has become a global phenomenon. Beatty’s uncanny sense of humour,… Read more »