Women and Power

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Helena Kennedy and Margaret Alva in conversation with Arati Jerath By Sonal Sharma, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Against the backdrop of a world where women are actively coming out and fighting for their rights, it is imperative to discuss the growing need for women in power. A panel comprising of two parliamentarians… Read more »

Dr. Ambedkar and his legacy

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Chintan Chandrachud, Christophe Jaffrelot, Manoranjan Byapari and Sukhdeo Thorat in conversation with Pragya Tiwari By Hemal Thakker, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s quest for equality set the tone for the constitution of India. His vision, coupled with his tremendous scholarship, made him a timeless icon. On the 69th Republic day… Read more »

Mira Nair: The Personal and the Political

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Mira Nair in conversation with Vir Sanghvi   Aditya Sinha, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger “It is a sign of social change that we are in a room full of people with a woman who made a movie on Kamasutra,” journalist and talk show host Vir Sanghvi observed. It was an apt way to… Read more »

Magical Mystery Tour: The Beatles in India

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Philip Norman and Ajoy Bose in conversation   Aditya Sinha, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Philip Norman, biographer of the world’s most famous band, The Beatles, and Indian journalist Ajoy Bose, researcher of The Beatles’ years in India during the 60s, took the audience on a rocking 50-year-old magical mystery tour through the iconic… Read more »

Debate: We Are Living in a Post-Truth World

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Anne Waldman, Ashutosh Varshney, David McWilliams, Luke Harding, Shashi Tharoor, Prasoon Joshi, Suhel Seth, and Swapan Dasgupta moderated by Barkha Dutt Prachi Bhagwat, Rushati Mukherjee, and Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Bloggers   The tenth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ended not with a whimper but with a bang, as nine… Read more »

Mother India: Indian Films and the National Narrative

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Imtiaz Ali, Rachel Dwyer and Sudhir Mishra  in conversation with Shubhra Gupta   Prachi Bhagwat, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   No form of art is ever isolated from the political climate in which it is produced. While some films are most valuable during the era they are made in, others speak to the… Read more »

Brave New World: The Virtual Economy and Beyond

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Amitabh Kant, Aruna Sunderarajan, Mihir Sharma and Ashok Wadhwa in conversation with John Elliott   By Jules Evans, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Guest Blogger   Within three years, cash machines in India will be completely irrelevant. This bold prediction of Amitabh Kant, CEO of the government body NITI Aayog, was greeted with a mixture… Read more »

Awakenings: Freedom to Dream

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Ornit Shani in conversation with Puneeta Roy   Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   One of the fundamental rights granted to all Indian citizens is Universal Franchise. Every Indian citizen above the age of 18, regardless of gender, caste, or income, has the right to vote for their democratic representatives at every… Read more »

The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit

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James Mallinson, S.R. Bhatt and Sudha Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Vikram Chandra   Harish Alagappa, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   ‘Sanskrit’ literally translates to ‘refined, or well-ordered, speech’, which is a rather apt description of a language loved by linguists around the world for its near-perfect structure and organization. In the words of… Read more »

Imagine: The Freedom to Dream

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Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta Roy   By Rushati Mukherjee, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   Anne Waldman is a poet, professor, performer, author and activist. Her poetry travels through one’s blood. The ‘rage’ that propelled her through her early years of poetry could scorch the sun, but her wit and affection can… Read more »

Learnings from Australia

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Cate Blake, Edwina Johnson, Fiona Henderson, Laura Kroetsch, Margot Lloyd and Stephanie Siriwardene, moderated by Wendy Were   By Arjun Bhatia, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Blogger   The Jaipur BookMark (JBM), which began as a two-day sister event of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in 2014, has grown into a full-fledged parallel festival… Read more »