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New Delhi World Book Fair to Organize a 9 Day Literary Extravaganza Featuring European Union as the Guest of Honour

New Delhi: In an effort to open rich European literary and cultural production, this year’s New Delhi World Book Fair (WBF) being held at Pragati Maidan, will have European Union as the guest country. The fair will be held from January 6thto 14th 2018.

“In what promises to be a treat for visitors, the European Union  will bring together books, authors, publishers, illustrators, poets and artistes from 13 EU Member States (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden) and Switzerland, said H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union.

The nine-day literary extravaganza will see participation from over 32 well-known authors, publishers, and illustrators from the EU.   The EU along with its participating Member States will organize over 35 events comprising book readings, workshops for children, debates, panel discussions, book launches, poetry and translation slams.

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At 93, Grande Dame Of Hindi Literature Krishna Sobti Still Manages To Create Stir

New Delhi: The 53rd Jnanpith award for 2017 goes to one of the most celebrated Hindi writers, Krishna Sobti.
 
Following the unanimous decision amidst the members of the Jnanpith Selection Board, the 97-year-old is to be decorated with India’s highest literary honour, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Indian literature.
 
“Sobti is a path-breaking novelist. She has immensely enriched Hindi literature,” the statement by the board, chaired by noted scholar, writer and critic Namwar Singh, said.
 
Others on the Jnanpith Award decision-making body included Girishwar Misra, Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Alok Rai, C Radhakrishnan, Madhishudhan Anand and Leeladhar Mandloi.
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Insider’s Narrative

This memoir of Pranab Mukherjee, third of the trilogy, is a detailed and frank narrative about the clandestine orchestration in the government and the Congress party during 1996-2012. Mukherjee, the veteran insider, was once described by a magazine as ‘the man who knew too much’ and in this part he spews his knowledge and experiences in the corridors of power covering the period of 1996-2012, just before his ascendancy as the 13th President of the Republic of India. It gives a vivid account of his role in the party and the government and the trajectory of the Congress party since 1996 which he considers a threshold period marking the advent of coalition politics in India.

In the introductory chapter, he warns against disturbing trends in today’s politics, such as the declining time in Parliament devoted to debate, and legislation passed without proper discussion. He says that effective parliamentary democracy relies on 3Ds – Debate, Dissent and Decision. However, disruption has taken over the system, negating the very purpose of a Parliament. He is also concerned about the tendency to pass ordinances ignoring the Parliament.

The author is critical of the period of Emergency when he says that “self-correction in such situations is always a better option than self-justification”. But as a matter of fact, he took a principled stand and refused to give evidence when he was summoned by the Shah Commission which was investigating the alleged excesses of the Emergency.

In the Chapter ‘The Congress after Rajiv’, he shares the reasons for the decline of the Congress in the 1990s, viz. the economic reforms which largely affected the elite, and the potential benefits which were yet to percolate to the masses. This led to the rise of the BJP in the 1990s as an alternate to the Congress. It also coincided with another significant development across the nation’s political landscape – the formation of alliances by smaller parties to constitute a bulwark against the Congress.