Ashutosh Bhardwaj

Articles By Ashutosh Bhardwaj

Death in Bastar, Life in Banaras

Off the election trail in Kashi, where the dead await salvation, a reporter haunted by violence finds the answers to the bigger questions

Book review: The cities he loved and lost

A translation of the second part of Upendranath Ashk’s multi-volume novel in Hindi brings to life the city of Jalandhar in the 1930s through the eyes of its dissolute, disillusioned protagonist

The solitary women of Indian literature

In Indian novels, the solitary woman is still an art in evolution. Yet, her recurring presence suggests an increasing engagement with the interiority that women have, for long, been denied in life and literature.

O Ladki, Alvida: Farewell to Krishna Sobti

Courageous, sensitive and fiercely independent. She created among the most assertive women characters in Indian literature, yet resisted being called a “woman writer”. A writer transcends gender distinction, she would say.

The many initiatives that are keeping ‘serious literature’ in Hindi alive

While pop Hindi literature finds more readers, the editor as gatekeeper helps sustain the literary ecosystem – online as well as offline.

The Land of Steady Habits

In its 50th year, Shrilal Shukla’s iconic Hindi novel Raag Darbari continues to show us how the grand narrative of an overarching Indian democracy cannot be built by overlooking the little myths, delicious ironies and flawed romances of individual lives.

Scheherazades Of Bastar

Local journalists in this conflict zone rarely receive the credit they deserve

Inventing the Urban Naxal

An underground insurgent loves and needs a mythical aura. An insurgency is as much a reality, as it is the product of myths that the society, unable to comprehend them, weaves around the insurgent.

Nehru: For and against

Never before in Indian political discourse has Jawaharlal Nehru — and his idea — been so pilloried or celebrated depending on which side of the faultline you are on. On his 128th birth anniversary, Indian Express captures the debate around the man and his legacy.

Things He Left Behind

The Mahatma’s last 27 months and how the waning of the principles he advocated was an indication of what was to come

Nirmala Sitharaman as Minister of Defence gets RSS thumbs-up

After the meet, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav told reporters, “We have seen some good decisions being made and some great people being inducted in the cabinet, especially Nirmala Sitharaman.”

RSS holds meeting, offers prayers at Gandhi Darshan near Raj Ghat

Giving details of the meeting, a Gandhi Darshan official said: “The organisers rented the Tagore Hall where the meet took place, three dormitories and some rooms. One dormitory has 20 beds.”

Dera violence: Between faith and denunciation, the caste factor

For several days, hundreds of Dera followers had been gathering here, preparing for the day of the verdict, but the police occupied it on Friday and evacuated them.

Anger of Dera followers natural: Haryana Minister

Haryana Minister and BJP’s MLA from Rohtak Manish Grover, who holds various portfolios including Urban Local Bodies, Cooperation, Printing and Stationery, was earlier reported to have donated Rs 11 lakh to the Dera Sacha Sauda from government funds.

Govt backs privacy right but said opposite in court

Justice S A Bobde noted that Attorney General K K Venugopal had said during the hearing that “the right of privacy may at best be a common law right, but not a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution”.

Right to Privacy: Government backs SC judgment but said opposite in court

Justice S A Bobde noted that Attorney General K K Venugopal had said during the hearing that “the right of privacy may at best be a common law right, but not a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution”.

Right to Privacy: Bench by Bench, a right discussed and interpreted

In Selvi vs State of Karnataka, the court noted that right to privacy is enshrined in Article 20(3), the right against self-incrimination.

At Nehru Memorial, Jawaharlal Nehru will share space with all PMs

The NMML has drafted “an Expression of Interest for selection of a professional advisor”, who will “assist in conducting the global competition” for selecting an “architect and design specialist” for the new museum.

16 Dalit, OBC, Muslim groups meet to plan Mayawati’s ‘ouster’

Mayawati, who resigned from Rajya Sabha last month saying she was not being allowed to speak on atrocities against Dalits, had expelled Siddiqui from the BSP in May after the party suffered a crushing defeat in the UP Assembly elections.

RSS begins counting annual ‘guru dakshina’ from swayamsevaks today

Lakhs of swayamsevaks across the country gather at their nearby shakhas and offer their contribution in a sealed envelope before the saffron RSS flag that they consider their Guru.

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