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 »


Medhavi Dhyani

If their power erected sky high on the foundations of oppression and injustice is the iron they will shamelessly relentlessly ruthlessly forge the bars of our cages with, bind us with helplessness as they trample on all our truths and hail this as our inherent tragedy, then we will persistently ferociously fearlessly endlessly scream and… Read more »

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man


Luke Harding introduced by Samanth Subramanian   By Jules Evans, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Guest Blogger   Luke Harding, Guardian journalist and the author of The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, transported the audience of the Jaipur Literature Festival into a world of intrigue, espionage and danger, and… Read more »

The Politics of Literary Translation


Chandan Gowda, Deborah Smith, Eluned Gramich, Javier Montes, Mrinal Pande, Rumena Buzarovska, Shailesh Bharatwasi, Sukrita Paul Kumar, Urvashi Butalia and Vivek Shanbhag, moderated by Nataša Ďurovičová   Apekshita Varshney, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   It is undeniable that English has become the linguistic currency of the world. The hegemony of English continues whilst… Read more »



A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, Linda Colley, Surjit Bhalla and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jonathan Shainin   By Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Guest Blogger Jules Evans   Brexit is ‘the most divisive issue in Britain’, according to Guardian journalist Jonathan Shainin, and that was all too evident in this panel at the ZEE… Read more »

The Enigma of Amma


Vaasanthi in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand   Prachi Bhagwat, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   Jayalalithaa’s life has been a contradiction in terms. She occupied the position of a fierce female leader in a political scene overwhelmingly populated by men, for over three decades. In a political party founded to represent the Dalit voice,… Read more »

We The People of India


Ashok Desai, Madhav Khosla and Pratap Bhanu Mehta in conversation  with Chintan Chandrachud   Apekshita Varshney, Official ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Blogger   What is the one thing that separates Indians from Americans? If a lousy white joke came to mind, you’re wrong. It is having a basic knowledge about their country’s constitution. Most Indians stop thinking about… Read more »