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Jaipur Literature Festival

Right to dream should be made a fundamental right, says Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi, rights activist and iconic Bengali writer, struck a strident note during her session that flagged off the Jaipur literature festival by calling into question the constant suppression of women, tribals and landless labourers. Anurupa Sen reports.

Novel not dead, but reading is in trouble

The last session of the first day of the sixth edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival ended on positive note: the future of the novel is not dead. In the words of winner of Man Booker Prize Howard Jacobson, those who say the 'novel is dead' are exhausted themselves, Jairaj Singh writes.

Dalai Lama, keeper of the faith

From academics to international relations, ethics must guide the world, says His Holiness the Dalai Lama. People jostled for space, trying to catch a glimpse of the Tibetan spiritual leader, in conversation with travel writer and novelist, Pico Iyer. Zehra Kazmi reports.

Two Pak diplomats not allowed to attend Jaipur literature festival

The government has denied two New Delhi-based Pakistani diplomats — press councillor Manzoor Memon and minister of trade Naeem Anwar — permission to attend the Jaipur Literary Festival, Jayanth Jacob reports.

Scandal, grey cast shine in novelist Zoe Heller's works

Leading American novelist of British origin Zoe Heller has a fondness for gray characters that fall short of being heroic because of their unsympathetic nature.

No to Pakistani diplomats unrelated to Jaipur fest: Khurshid

The denial of permission to two Pakistani diplomats to travel to Jaipur did not specifically have anything to do with the literature festival in the city and was a "coincidence", External Affairs minister Salman Khurshid said today.

Nandy leaves after protests over comment

As the controversy over his comments at the Jaipur literature festival refused to die down, sociologist and author Ashis Nandy left for Delhi on Sunday.

Nandy leaves Jaipur, cops seek session video

Police have sought video of Ashis Nandy's controversial comments on OBC, SC and ST communities were the "most corrupt" made at the Jaipur Literary Festival.

Nandy's remark example of 'mental bankruptcy': Gehlot

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot today said the controversial comment of author Ashis Nandy about ST, SC and OBC was an example of "mental bankruptcy".

Arabian twist: Harry Potter in Hoshruba?

Everyone loves a good story. Perhaps that is why Musharraf Ali Farooqi's English translations of the stories of the adventures of Amir Hamza and the land of Hoshruba have not only found takers, but revived interest in the dastan tradition. Zehra Kazmi reports.
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Who is your favourite author at this year's Jaipur Literature Festival?

The much-awaited DSC Jaipur Literature Festival has been scheduled from 24th to 28th January, 2013, at Diggi Palace in Jaipur, where literary talents from across the globe meet. Tell us about your favourite author.
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