In the latest in our series of interviews #WritersTalkPolitics, Souradeep Roy speaks to S Shankar, critic, novelist and translator. They begin by talking of Shankar’s current project on translating E V Ramaswamy (Periyar)’s commentary on Ramayana. In the latter half, Shankar talks about the need to think of free speech both in terms of its form and the content. In America, for instance, free speech is often cited to favour Right-wing opinion, because the content of that speech is never scrutinised. Shankar also says that his larger commitment is to foster “cultures of reading”, a term he explains in the course of the interview.