Literature was all that mattered

Will there ever be a literature festival devoid of bans on books, protest groups breathing down the neck of speakers, waiting for them to make foot in mouth statements, or perhaps having police guards escorting the calmest of all species such as authors?

As much as I wanted to avoid beginning this article with a question, I couldn’t detach myself from the truth – the sad, sordid state of India’s democratic system, a system that loves boasting its secularity on stage, while conforming to tactics of pleasing religious allies and vote banks behind closed doors.

Originally published in The Times of India


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