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 »

Reimagining Partition: Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Ahmad Rafay Alam, Urvashi Butalia In Conversation With Indrajit Hazra

The audience was invited to remember Partition in 1947, which resulted in the largest mass migration in human history with 12 million migrating over just a few months, and to consider if it was different in kind from the 1983 killings of Bengalis, the killings of Sikhs during the reign of Indira Gandhi, the anti-Muslim… Read more »

The Literature Of War And Revolution: Antony Beevor, Maaza Mengiste, Otto De Kat And Lara Feigel, Moderated By Artemis Cooper

We all know the devastation and gory bloodshed that result from war and revolution, but in some strange way, they have also given birth to some of the time-honoured masterpieces in literature. Renowned historian and author Artemis Cooper introduced the panel, joking that her husband Antony Beevor was ‘someone who has fought the Second World War four times as… Read more »

Savage Harvest: Navtej Sarna In Conversation With Urvashi Butalia

The sensitive subject of the 1947 Partition of India has long been approached as a source of agony and anguish. Curiously, it is the “element of humanity” in memories of the partition that has been omitted. It is precisely this element that is so beautifully portrayed by writer Mohinder Singh Sarna in his collection of short stories, Savage… Read more »