Closing Debate: Do Liberals Stifle Debate?

Kapil Sibal, Makarand R. Paranjape, Mihir Swarup Sharma, Sagarika Ghose, Salman Khurshid, Sonal Mansingh, Hardeep Singh Puri and Vikram Sampath moderated by Sreenivasan Jain Once relegated to the fringes, political debate and discussion have entered the mainstream consciousness. Though it may seem like there’s never been a time like this to broaden your horizons and… Read more »

Waste of a Nation

Assa Doron and Sanchaita Gajapati in conversation with Robin Jeffrey Presented by Aga Khan Foundation They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure; but in India, waste has implications for more than just frugality and hygiene. History, inequality, and classism all tie into waste management, all of which we already put little thought… Read more »

JLF 2019 Interview Series

Peter Bergen The seismic shift in world order has led to us ‘flirting with the idea of a post-American world’. As a national security analyst, how do you interpret its impact on the USA’s foreign relations? We now have four big centres of power – United States, India, China and the European Union. The US… Read more »

Women and Work

Nishtha Satyam, Manjima Bhattacharjya, Naina Lal Kidwai and Namita Waikar in conversation with Namita Bhandare Presented by UN Women Women Uninterrupted Series There’s no denying that the conversation surrounding women’s empowerment has amplified in recent times. The discourse so far has primarily focused on sexual harassment, and while that is certainly an important subject, there… Read more »


André Aciman, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Irvine Welsh and Yann Martel in conversation with Sandip Roy Presented by Patrika Game Changer Series If there’s one age-old question that is unlikely to have a yes or no answer anytime soon, it’s ‘Can film adaptations ever live up to the book?’. While readers and film enthusiasts everywhere have… Read more »


Mihir Desai, Naina Lal Kidwai, Ambi Parameswaran and Tarun Khanna in conversation with Mohit Satyanand Presented by Bank of Baroda A quick skim through any news headline is proof enough that the trust deficit in society has never been deeper. Between all the political upheaval, the “fake news” narrative, and growing inequality, it’s easy to… Read more »

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with Bee Rowlatt You don’t have to comb through the archives to know that Bee Rowlatt was right when she said “I don’t think the words ‘The priest and I got into the bulldozer’ have ever been said at the Jaipur Literature Festival”. But that’s just the turn things take… Read more »

Jaipur Music Stage

Usha Uthup, and Jasbir Jassi in collaboration with Kutle Khan Following a day of spirited discussion, debate, and deliberation, literati from around the world made their way to the Jaipur Music Stage. They were in for a treat as famed songstress Usha Uthup, singer Jasbir Jassi, and Kutle Khan of the Kutle Khan Project took… Read more »

The Empire of Cotton

Sven Beckert in conversation with Patrick French In his book Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind, author Henry Hobhouse described the potato, sugar, tea, quinine, cocoa and cotton as having altered the course of history forever. The last of those, which certainly isn’t the least, was at the heart of the discussion on the… Read more »

Ancient DNA: Who We Are and How We Got Here

Daniel E. Lieberman and David Reich in conversation with Tony Joseph   Presented by Business Standard   Who are we? How did we get here? These questions have forever piqued the interest of humanity, as much as the exploration of the purpose of our existence. Whilst the future is the subject of much intensive research,… Read more »