Elections are a prosaic business. Why then are Amit Shah and Siddaramaiah quoting Karnataka’s rashtra kavi Kuvempu at each other in the run-up to the Assembly elections? Where does Karnataka’s beloved poet, novelist, playwright and intellectual stand in its culture and politics?
Prakash Raj has spoken out on a range of issues, from the campaign against Padmavati to the gag on S Durga at IFFI, from demonetisation to Hindutva politics in Karnataka and the pageant of hate from Rajasamund, Rajasthan.
Who was Yashwant Chittal? What is his place in modern Indian literature? As an English translation of his cult novel, Shikari, releases this month, a look at the life and times of the Kannada writer, who saw the “nightmare” of the city long before his contemporaries did.