Ghosts of Empire

Maya Jasanoff, Charles Allen and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Kwasi Kwarteng Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger Ably chaired by British politician and historian, Kwasi Kwarteng, it is perhaps no surprise that a session considering the impact and legacy of the British Empire should be host to heated debate and… Read more »

The View From Raisina Hill

Meghnad Desai, Suhel Seth, Dinesh Patnaik and John Elliott in conversation with Mukulika Bannerjee  By Malavika Subramanyan In Lord Meghnad Desai’s new book The Raisina Model, he examines the nature and workings of Indian parliamentary democracy, which is unique among the parliamentary democracies of the world. In his opening remarks, Desai addressed the question of… Read more »

Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death: Fact and Fiction

Ashis Ray and Anita Bose Pfaff in conversation with Somnath Batabyal Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger   It is almost 73 years since the mysterious death of Indian nationalist and revolutionary Subhas Chandra Bose in August 1945. In 1942, the British government put out a story saying Bose had died… Read more »

The Commonwealth of Nations

Philip Murphy, Y.K Sinha, David Howell, Rita Payne and Salil Tripathi in conversation with John Elliott By Paula Van Hagen: Official ZEEJLF At The British Library Blogger   British journalist John Elliott has lived and worked in South Asia for over 25 years, writing for the Financial Times, Fortune and The Economist. Opening the session,… Read more »

Ideas of Democracy

Salman Khurshid, Helena Kennedy, Brian Klaas and Sunil Khilnani  in conversation with Ornit Shani Anusha Ali, Official ZEE JLF At The British Library Blogger The distinguished panel discussed the changing role of democracy and democratic practices in a globalised world grappling with increasing political backlash, nationalistic sentiment, and the rise of neo-religious discourse in countries around… Read more »

Letters from Gandhi

Tridip Suhrud and Faisal Devji in conversation with Alex von Tunzelmann. Introduced by Dinesh Patnaik   By Louisa Tomlinson, ZEEJLF at the British Library Blog Editor   Ambassador Dinesh Patnaik introduced the session, citing Ghandi as a symbol of non-violence and proof that ‘the world is actually not a depressing place.’ He urged today’s politicians… Read more »

The Dance of Democracy

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Jyoti Kiran, Manvendra Singh, Pavan K. Varma and Sachin Pilot in conversation with Kota Neelima By Medhavi Dhyani, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   A heated and provocative debate unfolded on the last day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, as four distinguished politicians and political writers discussed the questions most pertinent to democracy… Read more »

America Trumped: How Did This Happen?

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Matt Frei introduced by Suzy Hansen By Hemal Thakker, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger author of Only in America and made a documentary called the Trumps: From Immigrant to President How did Donald Trump become President of the most powerful country in the world? British journalist, author and documentary maker Matt Frei explained the… Read more »

The Day of the Dragon:China and the Future of Asia

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Humphrey Hawksley, Michael Vatikiotis and Tom Miller in conversation with Suhasini Haidar Ishan Kawley, Official Zee Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger Moderator and diplomatic editor of the newspaper The Hindu, Suhasini Haider rolled out the session by announcing that China is such a strong force to reckon with, that the topic of the session could well… 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 »

A World Turned Upside Down: India in the 18th Century

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B.N. Goswamy, Maya Jasanoff, Uday S. Kulkarni and Yashaswini Chandra in conversation with William Dalrymple By Medhavi Dhyani, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger In his opening statement, Padma Bhushan award recipient and art historian B.N. Goswamy pointed out that ironically, the phrase ‘the world turned upside down’ brought to mind the 21st century more… Read more »

The Sword of Poetry

Vijay Fafat

Explore the relationship between poetry and political protest in the 21st century. A pen in rebellion signs its symbols for the ages; history has lived up to this maxim. Revolutionary literature, down the ages, has lit matches to the tinder of popular discontent and simmering uprisings. The flourish of writing in the form of incendiary… Read more »