Ashutosh Bhardwaj

Articles By Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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Book review: The Book of Chocolate Saints: Jeet Thayil’s work depicts male artist’s authority, touches heights of inventiveness not seen in Indian novels

“You can woo a girl with a poem, but you can’t hold on to her with a poem. Not even with a poetry movement.” So wrote Roberto Bolano in The Savage Detectives, which Jeet Thayil’s new novel The Book of Chocolate Saints

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Threat of the past: A dispassionate view of a dystopian world where memory is the enemy

A dispassionate view of a dystopian world where memory is the enemy

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The Nation as Mother and Other Visions of Nationhood : A narrative of the nation

His point of departure is Rabindranath Tagore, who believed that “the idea of the Nation” is “one of the most powerful anesthetics that man has invented”. And yet, Tagore was not without profound love for his nation.

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Book review: The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk

Pamuk’s new novel The Red-Haired Woman does not emerge from his earlier essays on the father, but it situates the complex relation between the two males solely within the periphery of Oedipal emotion.

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Being corrupt

A reality check on why our society and politics can never be freed from corruption 

Being corrupt

India Dissents: 3,000 years of Difference, Doubt and Argument by Ashok Vajpeyi; here is book review

That India is a grand celebration of plurality, in thoughts and deeds, can’t be emphasised enough

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy book review; Artistic Licence

Twenty years on, Arundhati Roy returns with a novel that yearns for an artistic insight, and some broken glasses

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Money, power, politics

Mayawati's financial wealth grew by 50 times between 2003 and 2007. A WikiLeaks release of a US diplomatic cable noted that the rate to ‘acquire’ a BSP ticket for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was around $2.5 lakh.

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Farewell to arms: A modest attempt to capture the dilemma of revolutionaries with silenced guns

Swati Sengupta’s book divides the surrendered Maoists under four chapters: young ones, men, women and couples.

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Falling apart

A historical novel pregnant with creative potential that fails to materialise

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The Burning Forest: A significant work on Bastar that weighs both violence and idealism behind the rebellion

This is a rare sociological insight in Nandini Sundar’s The Burning Forest, which mostly focuses on the decade in Bastar after Salwa Judum began in 2005.

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Book review: Democrats and Dissenters by Ramachandra Guha, here’s a history of hope

Meticulously researched and narrated with a storyteller’s flair, a collection of essays by Ramachandra Guha evokes respect, but might not unsettle

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I have held my tongue (about AKHILESH) as he is Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son: Amar Singh

Amar Singh, national general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, speaks about his relationship with UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, talks about why Cong vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s yatra may not make a difference for the

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‘Those associated with Naxals have been rejected by the people during elections’

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh talks about strengthening the state police to fight Naxals, defends himself in the PDS scam, and praises NGO work in the state

‘Those associated with Naxals have been rejected by the people during elections’