Premchand, Shaani and communalism

The writings of these stalwarts reflected the plural character of Indian society Every year on the occasion of Id, I am reminded of Premchand’s heart-rending story “Idgaah” which celebrates a poor child’s love for his grandmother. While we find short stories and even novels — Amritlal Nagar’s “Shatranj Ke Mohre”, for example —focusing on the […]


Hindi Belt: Enemy of hypocrisy

This evening will witness an important literary event at Triveni Kala Sangam where six volumes of “Shaani Rachanavali” (Collected Writings) will be released at a function chaired by Hindi critic Namwar Singh. Published by Shilpayan, they have been meticulously edited by Janki Prasad Sharma who had also put together a commemorative volume “Shaani: Aadmi aur […]