As the dust settles in five states that went to the polls, writers and poets look back and ahead as they analyse the changes around them -- politically and socially.
The assembly poll outcome in Punjab signifies a catharsis that the state has been desperately waiting for since early 1980s
The poem was written by Sanjiv Verenkar, a Sahitya Akademi award-winning poet, and translated by Mayabhushan Nagvenkar
Caught between a rapidly changing socio-political environment and cultural atrophy, literature in Uttar Pradesh is in limbo
The silence of major writers suggests that the rightward shift of the Hindi heartland was inevitable.
In Mann Ki Baat 2.0, prime minister Narendra Modi put emphasis on reading the printed word in this digital age. It was great to see a leader recommend what he had read. It was also heartening to see people share their reading lists on the Namo app.
The people of the state are a hardy lot, always taking on the divisive forces, the invaders, whether from within or without, head on.
This poem, translated from the original in Meitei by Khuraijam Nirupama, was composed for a pre-election poetry recital event titled Ethical Election, organised by Youth Collective Manipur.
If Goa’s official language sustained despite an attempted colonial wipe-out, there’s hope that people will find a way to preserve their Goan-ness irrespective of the ruling party
Reflections on lasting themes like Partition, changing trends like alienation, and the lack of gender and caste perspectives in Hindi literature
Along with Lucknowi mushaira and Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb, Urdu literature is in decline. And the current socio-political atmosphere can't escape its share of the blame
Literature coming out of the state once celebrated communal harmony, but current political developments have exacerbated the paradox and dilemma of Hindi literati
Besides sweeping away a simpler way of life in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, rapid changes have cast a long shadow on the fragile ecology