Thu. Jun 27th, 2019

The Seer

Read, Think, Act

BLF 2017

Bangalore Literature Festival

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Kaavya Sanje does not just bring in poetry from India, but also those from across the world. Poetry from France, Haiti, and Philippines, made their way in translations of Kannada and English. The poems did what they were supposed to, bring in unexpected little tears from poems on war, and transport the audience to a world of Philosophy. There were also two short films based on poetry curated and connceptualized by Mamta Sagar.

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While Savi Sharma admits that it is a necessary evil, Varun Aggarwal expressed that marketing is what that can make or break a book. It was quite inspiring to hear how Savi Sharma used social media to market her book by posting quotes and extracts from her book.

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Sagarika agrees and adds that Modi is the true political heir to Indira Gandhi in a lot of ways. For instance is his personality cult, waging war against institutions, his one nation-one leader-one tax policies. She says even when the BJP attacks the Congress or the Gandhi family, they do not utter anything against Indira. They might point out about the Emergency, but Indira is one person whom even the RSS likes. Sagarika also reminds Prime Minister Modi that Indira’s dictatorial style was eventually voted out by people.

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“I was looking at the end of my career when T20 came in. I played my first T20 for Surrey. Yes, World Cup victory in 2007 changed the entire scene. I played 3 IPLs. The first one was a major challenge. While it took me 4 overs to warm up otherwise, I had to produce results in 4 overs in IPL. It was said that the RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) was the best test team of the century. Everything was against us.”, Anil Kumble quipped in his inimitable style.

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The current membership in the permanent council still reflects the world of 1945 and not the current times. It is surprising that Germany, which is a bigger economy from Europe Zone has not been considered for the permanent membership. As for India’s aspirations to be a permanent member, we must shed our cautiousness and jump into the arena. Unless you get into the arena, we will not get it because the permanent members would never agree to dilute their veto powers.

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He says the consequence of not having a conversation has resulted in the divisions of the world as it is today. The structures of social media are only making the walls tighter every day. People are friends with likeminded people and are not ready to indulge with people who are different.

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For a journalist like Guha, SLAPP or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation is no fun actually. Now globally prevalent, it is a lawsuit that is intended to silence and even harass critics, to the point when they withdraw their voice of dissent. Lawsuits come with burgeoning legal costs and journalists often have to fight them with their own money and this can take years in the court. To add, a journalist can also lose his or her job while all this happens.

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Giving an alternative world where Vyasa or Valmiki was woman, Reena wondered and asked her panellists about the differences each would see, then. To which Kavita said that because texts like Amar Chitra Katha are inspirational she would not prefer a change and Ira seconded the thought saying that mythology has always preferred the women. These texts have clearly shown that woman always had power but the corresponding interpretations of Brahmins changed the powerful Shakuntala to submissive Sita.

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“A style in the public office has two aspects, skills and dignity”, Raghavan says. The style of anyone in office is defined by how one interprets the dignity in the office, and thereby defines relationships. YV Reddy quipped, the more you disagree, the more you need to seem submissive! He also went on to add that India provides enough freedom to make comments freely.