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 under more scrutiny than other journalists for the choice of their words, because the insider/outsider dichotomy is more pronounced. This phenomenon can be observed in… Read more »

Deconstructing Change: The Election That Changed India

The 2014 General Election was a landmark moment in the history of independent India. A packed Char Bagh saw one of the most electrifying sessions of the 2015 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival as the speakers analysed the repercussions of the historic mandate given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its meaning for the future of Indian politics and… Read more »

Against the Grain

This title of this session derives from a documentary about Israeli journalist Gideon Levy. Publishing industry professional and moderator Meru Gokhale described the panelists as all being ‘contrary by nature.’ Gokhale asked the panelists about the genesis of their contrariness. Salima Hashmi, daughter of Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, replied that it was because of… Read more »

Adab Bara-E-Zindagi: Art For Life’s Sake – The Progressive Writer’s Movement

The crowd was bursting at the seams for this session, testimony to the popularity and reach of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. The session began with Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor at Zee News, speaking about ZEE ZINDAGI, the cross-cultural television channel that is bridging the gap between India and Pakistan with programmes that promote the Hindustani language, a confluence of… Read more »

Lawrence of Arabia, War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East

A beautiful sunny morning set the stage on the Rajnigandha Front Lawns for a scintillating conversation about the man and the myth, T.E.Lawrence. Veteran war journalist and author of Lawrence in Arabia, War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Scott Anderson and the vibrant Jonathan Shainin sought to debunk the myths around T.E. Lawrence, understand British Imperialist policy during… Read more »

JBM 1. Is Publishing “Unbankable

This year, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival has extended beyond the bounds of Diggi Palace to the delightful Narain Niwas, headquarters for the Jaipur Bookmark discussion series. Writers, journalists and members of the publishing industry meet on these intimate lawns to discuss issues and innovations in their changing business. In the first session this afternoon, panelists tackled the heavy topic of finance. Aditi… Read more »

The Essential Gloria Steinem

The first in a series of sessions under this year’s theme Women Uninterrupted was a thrilling encounter between two icons in the women’s liberation movement: American feminist writer and activist Gloria Steinem, and Ruchira Gupta, Indian sex trafficking abolitionist, journalist and activist. Their conversation was a complex exploration of female identity and the feminist movement in India and the wider… Read more »