Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

Murder of Secular Publisher and Writer Shahzahan-Bachchu an Attack on Free Expression in Bangladesh

The murder of Shahzahan Bachchu, a publisher, writer, and activist known for his support of secularism, is proof that free expression remains under grave threat in Bangladesh, PEN America said in a statement today.  Bachchu, a writer and outspoken proponent of secular principles, owned the Bishaka Prakashani publishing house, which specialised in publishing poetry, and was a…

“From a very young age in fact I used to collect books that were banned”: Salil Tripathi

“From a very young age in fact I used to collect books that were banned”: Salil Tripathi

In an interview with Laetitia Zecchini, writer and journalist Salil Tripathi says that he always… felt passionate about free expression     LZ. You are a writer, an award-winning journalist for different British, American and Indian journals, and an advisor for the Institute for Human Rights and Business in London. You have also been a board…

The Artist as Activist

The Artist as Activist

K. Satchidanandan Pablo Picasso, ‘Guernica’ / Museo Reina Sofia Theodore Adorno’s famous statement “Poetry is impossible after Auschwitz” beautifully sums up the inevitable impact of politics on art. The statement was certainly not literal. He must have meant that poetry – and art in general – can no more remain what it was; it cannot…