Sunday, 3 July, 2022
TopicIndian Literature

Topic: Indian Literature

Manoj Das—Marxist Odia writer who became Aurobindo’s disciple and hated ‘modernity’

First Odia writer to win the Sahitya Akademi award and honoured by Mulk Raj Anand and Ruskin Bond, Das is a name the literary world can't miss.

Sahitya Akademi is a failed Nehruvian project. Now it has to survive in a ‘digital’ India

Sahitya Akademi doesn’t make news today except for the annual announcement of awards. And events like Assam's Kokrajhar Literary Festival are ready for competition.

Can the Hindi novel keep up with social media? Its new readers are signalling a revival

Critics must drop their haughtiness to accommodate new writers ushering in a new era where readers play judge, jury and executioner on social media.

There is only one way to rescue Bhojpuri from vulgarity — state patronage

To rescue the language, the first step would be to honour the history of Bhojpuri literature and then to include it in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Uttar Pradesh had a thriving literary culture in the 1980s, but proximity to Delhi killed it

Uttar Pradesh's proximity to New Delhi and the elevation of Hindi as an official language killed its literary culture but the sun is yet to set on its revival.

Nandan, the children’s magazine that is more a collectors item for today’s generations

Nandan's appeal lay in the fact that it offered a combination of the traditional and the modern in its stories, poems, interactive columns and educational content.

Parmanu — the Indian superhero who was both Atom and Ant-Man rolled into one

One of Raj Comics' most-loved creations, Parmanu was a muscular man in a yellow suit who had a Batman-like tragic origin story. A cop by day, he became a superhero at night.

Rabindranath Tagore was also Bhanusingha, inspired by a ‘Vaishnav saint’ and a British poet

‘Bhanusingher Padabali’, verses in Brajabuli that Rabindranath Tagore started to write as a teen, went on to become a complete genre of songs.

Subramaniya Siva, Tamil nationalist who fought for purity in the language

On Siva’s 94th death anniversary, a look at the Tamil freedom fighter’s lesser known battle — the Tanittamil literary movement.

Satyajit Ray: Cine maestro & literary genius who could say no to Indira Gandhi, Narasimha Rao

Ray was a true auteur — a director, scriptwriter, editor, he would decide the music, set up the scene and props, design posters, and cast the actors.

On Camera

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Kanhaiya Lal Teli’s body being taken for last rites in Udaipur on 29 June 2022 | Photo: ThePrint | Manisha Mondal

India’s blasphemy beheadings have a new audience—and they’re sitting behind smartphones

Videos on social media have become a key feature of blasphemy killings. Each inspires communal competitors to stage a more macabre act of revenge.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.

Defence

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on the latter's first visit to India | Photo: Twitter/@narendramodi

India and Egypt work towards building strategic relationship with focus on defence & security

From holding joint military exercises to exporting wheat as Russia and Ukraine stop supplies, New Delhi and Cairo are redrawing their relationship as geopolitical tensions rise.    

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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