Keeping Count

Keeping Count

On August 15, 2015, India celebrated its independence for the 63rd time. As always, independence may not mean much to those on the peripheries of a republic of inequality. But economic inequality and age-old caste and tribe inequalities have a sharper edge in our country today. Since the BJP government has taken over, divisions of…

Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) was one of the most well known and celebrated writers of post-independent India. While he was also known for being a professor, an essayist, translator, editor, dramatist,  theatre Director, actor, social and political activist, it is  his fiction that has made the most significant contribution to Hindi literature. Proficient in Punjabi, Hindi,…

“A dictatorship counts on the silence of those who disagree​. . .​”

“A dictatorship counts on the silence of those who disagree​. . .​”

Ritu Menon​, founder of Women Unlimited​ and co-founder of Kali for Women, India's first and oldest feminist press, ​speaks to Nayantara Sahgal, who​ has recently edited Nehru’s India: Essays on the Maker of the Nation ​for Speaking Tiger Books. ​Beginning from the assumption that culture and politics ​are inextricably linked, the discussion revolves around the…

“Har Koi Chahta Hai Ek Mutthi Aasmaan”

“Har Koi Chahta Hai Ek Mutthi Aasmaan”

Souradeep Roy of the Indian Cultural Forum interviewed Kiran Nagarkar, whose most recent novel The Extras has been published by HarperCollins India. Nagarkar ​discusses the conflation of mythology with science​. In this context, he makes a distinction between the ​present government and ​previous ​ones who, ​despite their conservative policies, did not interfere with either the…