Speaker Kota Neelima at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2018

Kota Neelima


Kota Neelima has worked as a political journalist for 22 years with various leading newspapers. She is the author of four novels dwelling on the themes of farmer suicides, gender issues and media and political ethics in India as well as two books on spirituality. Her third novel, Shoes of the Dead, was a critique of the inheritance of political power in India, and is being made into a film. She was a senior research fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and her recent academic research is about electoral democracy in India that centralises perception at the expense of peripheries. Her upcoming nonfiction book, Widows of Vidarbha, Making of Shadows, is based on the lives of farm widows in rural India.

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