How Game of Thrones inspired a children’s book set in Jharkhand

How Game of Thrones inspired a children’s book set in Jharkhand

Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar is a well-known name in contemporary Indian literature. His debut novel, The Mysterious Ailment of Rupi Baskey, won, among many others, the 2015 Yuva Puraskar, and was longlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award. His second collection of stories, The Adivasi Will Not Dance: Stories, opened up to wide acclaim and…

On Dalit Autobiographies

On Dalit Autobiographies

The kind of experiences which are narrated in Dalit autobiographies have had no models before. One of the first points that strikes the readers of Akkarmashi by Sharankumar Limbale is the dehumanising impact of caste oppression in Hindu society. His autobiography documents his struggles against poverty, deprivation, discrimination and caste violence. His family rarely enjoys…

Lecture by Aijaz Ahmad: The Languages of a Union

Lecture by Aijaz Ahmad: The Languages of a Union

Aijaz Ahmad, noted academic and cultural critic, delivered the inaugural lecture for the Indian languages festival of the India Habitat Centre — ILF Samanvay 2015. Using the phrase “transnational matrix of the country”, he says that the Indian nation-state is conceived as a union of several autonomous linguistic nationalities. Hence the name we have given…