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Ashutosh Bhardwaj


Manglesh Dabral’s poems distilled the sorrows without surrendering hope
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

Ashutosh Bhardwaj writes: Politics takes refuge in a leader; poetry is a celebration of people. Dabral’s political poetry is not about grand revolutions, but the muted sorrows of the common woman and man.

Conversations with Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

As the filmmaker steps into his 80th year, a look at what goes into the making of his movies

Inside the wondrous world of writer Vinod Kumar Shukla
Sun, Feb 16, 2020

The pathbreaking Hindi writer and poet, who is now being discovered by English readers and award juries, on failing Hindi tests and writing to become a better human being.

Krishna Baldev Vaid’s novels stepped into uncharted zones
Sat, Feb 08, 2020

Krishna Baldev Vaid remained away from the literary establishment. Perhaps that’s why he did not receive awards.

In the forest, a voice: On Diwali, Ramayana show us the light, warn us against darkness
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

Diwali 2019: The transformation of Ramayana’s darbha into a treacherous battlefield between the Maoists and the security forces is a reflection on the civilisation that seems to have squandered the wisdom of its epics.

Death in Bastar, Life in Banaras
Sun, May 12, 2019

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
Sat, Apr 06, 2019

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
Mon, Mar 11, 2019

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
Sat, Jan 26, 2019

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
Sun, Jan 20, 2019

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
Sun, Nov 18, 2018

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
Mon, Nov 05, 2018

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

Inventing the Urban Naxal
Fri, Aug 31, 2018

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
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

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
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

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
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

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
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

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
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

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
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

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
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

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
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

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
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

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
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

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’
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

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
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

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.