In Defence of the Writer

In Defence of the Writer

Pushkar Raj Image Courtesy Indian Express The recent Chennai High Court judgment concerning the writer Perumal Murugan is a requisite addition to the Indian jurisprudence as it underlines the relationship between the writer and society, which has lately suffered from grave confusion. Permual Murugan was hauled up in the court of law for describing a…

Perumal Murugan: A Parable of our Times

Perumal Murugan: A Parable of our Times

Writer Githa Hariharan talks to ICF and Newsclick about the Madras High Court’s judgment in the Perumal Murugan case. While the judgment is to be celebrated, literary merit cannot be decided by either mobs or courts; readers and citizens must be the arbiters of free speech.  See the full text of the judgment here.

Writing the Age

Writing the Age

Nayantara Sahgal © Anselm Kiefer, ‘Morgenthau Plan’ / Royal Academy of Arts The title for my talk — “Writing the Age” — was suggested to me and I thought it was appropriate because my writing seems to have been about the making of modern India. This was not a decision I made. As you know,…

“I have always stood with all my writers”

“I have always stood with all my writers”

Souradeep Roy spoke to Kannan Sundaram when he was in Delhi to receive the Samanvay Bhasha Samman 2015 on behalf of Perumal Murugan. Sundaram talks about setting up Kalachuvadu, started initially as a magazine by his father, the Tamil writer Sundara Ramaswamy. Sundaram also talks about the status of the petition filed in Murugan’s favour…

Let Perumal Murugan the Writer Live Again!

Let Perumal Murugan the Writer Live Again!

Perumal Murugan’s Facebook page, 12 January 2015, declaring that “Perumal Murugan the writer is dead.” We believe that the freedom with which the artistic and intellectual community go about their work is a measure of our nation’s health. In recent months, that freedom has been diminishing in India. Writers, artists and academics have been threatened…