IDEA OF INDIA PART 4 – Spoken Word History

Of all the great civilizations of the ancient world (Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China), India has arguably had the most difficult time separating fact from fiction in the historical record. The reason for this is probably due to the lack of written records for most of India’s history. After the collapse of the Indus Valley… Read more »


The notion of diaspora in current times not only signifies ideas of hybridity (intermixing) and heterogeneity (plurality), it also makes possible the visualisation of a space within which various identities intersect and render them all unstable, hence freeing them of colonial dichotomies (such as East/West, colonial/colonised). The Panel, comprising of four British, Asian and British-Asian… Read more »

Who Will Rule The World? Xiaolu Guo, Oscar Guardiola- Rivera And Lord Meghnab Desai, Rana Mitter Moderated By Sunil Khilnani

  The stimulating panel discussion ranged from questions of whether the world would be ruled by economic or military might in the future, to predictions of potential power struggles between chief nations, the importance of culture as a force to be reckoned with, and whether the question was even a valid one. Rana Mitter, an… Read more »

Magnificient Delusions: Husain Haqqani And Robert Blackwill, In Conversation With Shyam Saran

The hot topic of the complex relationship between the US and Pakistan was discussed by three renown diplomats, who suggested the relationship might best be summed up as one of mutual incomprehension. Robert Blackwill and Hussain Haqqani both agreed that the interaction between Pakistan and the US was based on delusions. Hasain Haqqani, former ambassador to the US and… Read more »

What Makes The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival So Special?`

Over the seven years, I have worked as Blog Editor for the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, I have often wondered what is the magical element that makes this festival not only commercially successful, but also so influential as a cultural catalyst, and so loved by people the world over. I believe that JLF is one of a kind… Read more »