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International PEN have sent a formal letter to PM Manmohan Singh, raising their concerns about the government's failure to support Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasreen and the Jaipur protest writers, and calling on them to reaffirm their commitment to freedom of expression.



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Few figures seem more remote from contemporary India than Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma, or “Great Soul,” who spearheaded the struggle for independence. Gandhi’s beloved rural poor figure only intermittently in the consciousness of a country now focused on call centers, software

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[This message from Arundhati Roy arrived in my inbox this morning. The allegation that the news media is colluding with those orchestrating the violence is extremely serious and requires a response.] 

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[I was just forwarded this by Pankaj Mishra. In Srinagar Roy shared a stage with Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Shah Gilani. a report from the Economic Times is

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 Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières and Rizzoli have published an anthology called Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers On The Frontline of Crisis, "a collection of 14

CNN-IBN reports on the explosion of interest in writing from the Indian diaspora.

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Mumbai, Terror, and Islamism

Current Cullman Center Fellows Akeel Bilgrami and Hari Kunzru join Montclair State University Professor Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Kashmiri mulsim journalist Basharat Peer to discuss the connections between the recent attacks in India and radical Islamist ideology

January 2009 at the Jaipur Literary Festival. Listening to the incomparable Phaban Das Baul.  Photo by Wasfia Nasreen.


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