Women's Issues to Find Resonance at Jaipur Litfest
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At a time when the nation is debating afresh the sensitivities and travails of women, the issues of the world's better half will find a resonance in the underlying theme of this year's Jaipur Literature Festival.

The five-day annual festival, that celebrates both international and indigenous writing, is trying to take a fresh look at women's issues as part of literature in general.

The tone for the festival will be set by none other than Mahasweta Devi, the acclaimed activist-author whose has been a powerful voice of the beleaguered and downtrodden.

The festival will also be attended by several acclaimed women writers from across the world, including Arab novelist Ahdaf Soueif, American writer scholar Diana Eck, Pakistani feminist writer Fahmida Riaz and a host of authors from India including Tamil feminist writer Ambai, Kishwar Desai, Jaishree Misra, Nasreen Munni Kabir, Shobhaa De, among others.

Discussions will be held encompassing issues pertinent to women and this comes in the backdrop of a surge in debates across the country, fuelled by the recent outrage over a gangrape and killing of a young Delhi girl.

"This was planned by festival organisers much before the recent incidents and the programme was drawn out earlier," said an organiser.

However, the theme becomes all the more pertinent in the light of the debate generated on the rights of women in India and a fresh focus the recent protests have given to crimes against women.

The sixth annual Jaipur Literature Festival will begin from January 24 with several sessions revolving around the core issues of inclusiveness and equity for women.

"India is a nation of strong women who are socially vulnerable. This years' programme at Jaipur addresses a range of women's issues and literary voices from across the world," said festival co-director Namita Gokhale.
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