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Hungarian author awarded Man Booker International

Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai was presented the Man Booker International Prize for 2015 at a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on Wednesday.


The real reasons for hurt sentiments

In the name of religious sentiments, an attempt is made to prevent the emergence of a society that can think and act for itself


A string of coincidences is not a coincidence

It may sound a bit far-fetched to say that there is a relationship between a Man Booker prize-winning novel set in New Zealand and the creative environment in India.


‘Being the subject of a book didn’t make life lovely in Annawadi’

Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo on the purpose of writing  Behind the Beautiful Forevers  and what the Annawadi community is doing now


A novel Flanagan was ‘born to write’

The process of writing is a journey into humility, says Man Booker winner


The art of memory

The world outside France wondered who Patrick Modiano was after the French author was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature last week. The 69-year-old author, who is well-known in France, a country where he has been o


CREATING A NEW MEDINA

In his forthcoming book on the idea of Pakistan, the historian Venkat Dhulipala argues that Pakistan was not simply a vague idea that serendipitously emerged as a nation-state, but was popularly imagined as a sovereign Islamic state, a new Medina, as some called it.


Modi-Xi meet to open new chapter in ties

The leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of strategic, economic, multilateral issues.


An unending struggle for free speech

Talking to Salman Rushdie is an opportunity to reflect on four giant changes, and their impact on free expression.


Greater public scrutiny of draft policy

The controversy raises serious questions; it is not clear if the books involved count as whistle-blowing.


Writing no wrongs

The sophisticated handling probably comes with practice; the political memoir is a well-established genre in book writing in western democracies.


Safeguarding the many histories of India

Wendy Doniger’s book was Penguin’s to protect but freedom of expression is ours to safeguard; our responsibility is collective and so should be our response.


Democracy versus majoritarian will

To restore India as a liberal democratic nation, it will require more than a mere conduct of regular, supposedly free and fair, elections. We will need to shift the goalposts of our attentions to the fundamental tenets that make a democracy.


A hostage to history

Once again economists are predicting that the U.S. recovery will speed up and, once again, economic indicators (especially on housing and jobs) contradict the forecasts.


Scribblers, scholars in the same boat

How did a provision which was meant for scurrilous scribblers end up chilling historical works by respected scholars? The answer lies in the fact that self-censorship and collateral censorship spread themselves much wider than Section 295A.


Reversing roles in U.S.-China ‘marriage of convenience’

If China is to build a consumer society and find jobs for millions of peasants flooding into cities looking for work, it must create a robust services sector.


Totalising history, silencing dissent

The agreement by Penguin Books India to destroy all existing copies of Wendy Doniger’s book represents the destruction of the very fabric of Indian culture.


ACTION REQUIRED : Signing for freedom

An online petition


Publish and perish

The trouble for Penguin Books started with a 2010 legal notice by a Hindu fundamentalist group, Shiksha Bachao Andolan, asking that the publisher and the author unconditionally apologise for the book and withdraw it.


Penguin withdraws book on Hinduism

Penguin India took this book knowing that it would stir anger in the Hindutva ranks, and they defended it in the courts for four years, both as a civil and as a criminal suit.