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Firstpost Editor's Picks: LS poll dates announced, Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, Nayantara Sahgal's new book; today's must-read stories
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Firstpost Editor's Picks: LS poll dates announced, Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, Nayantara Sahgal's new book; today's must-read stories

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the Lok Sabha polls will be held in seven phases over the months of April and May.

Nayantara Sahgal on her new book The Fate of Butterflies, the times we live in and what lies ahead for India
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Nayantara Sahgal on her new book The Fate of Butterflies, the times we live in and what lies ahead for India

Author Nayantara Sahgal on her new book, the times we live in and why she believes that India is at a crossroad which will determine her future.

Author Nayantara Sahgal to be feted with the inaugural Loknete Bhai Vaidya Smruti Gaurav Puraskar
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Author Nayantara Sahgal to be feted with the inaugural Loknete Bhai Vaidya Smruti Gaurav Puraskar

Recently, Sahgal was removed from the list of attendees at the 92nd Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held in Yavatmal following threats made by the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) cadre

Nayantara Sahgal questions Bollywood's silence over backlash against Naseeruddin Shah's statement
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Nayantara Sahgal questions Bollywood's silence over backlash against Naseeruddin Shah's statement

"We are living in dangerous times, and if we remain silent, the regime will come upon us," says Nayantara Sahgal.

Nayantara Sahgal feted at Mumbai cultural event, after Marathi Sahitya Sammelan row
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Nayantara Sahgal feted at Mumbai cultural event, after Marathi Sahitya Sammelan row

Sahgal, who was not allowed to inaugurate the sammelan following threats made by the Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) cadre, addressed those gathered at the park in Mumbai and talked about the infringement on their freedom of speech.

Politicians shouldn't meddle in other fields, says Nitin Gadkari at Marathi literature meet that withdrew invite to Nayantara Sahgal
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Politicians shouldn't meddle in other fields, says Nitin Gadkari at Marathi literature meet that withdrew invite to Nayantara Sahgal

Nitin Gadkari didn't make a direct reference to the row over the invite to Nayantara Sahgal being withdrawn Marathi Lit Fest, but said politicians should learn not to interfere in other fields and people in universities, educational institutes, literature and poetry should deal with their areas.

Nayantara Sahgal withdrawn invite controversy: President of Marathi literature festival's organising body resigns
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Nayantara Sahgal withdrawn invite controversy: President of Marathi literature festival's organising body resigns

The president of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal, Shripad Joshi, resigned amid controversy over the withdrawal of a lit meet invitation to writer Nayantara Sahgal.

Shiv Sena rallies behind Nayantara Sahgal over withdrawn Marathi lit fest invite, says organisers had learnt she would speak on 'lynchings'
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Shiv Sena rallies behind Nayantara Sahgal over withdrawn Marathi lit fest invite, says organisers had learnt she would speak on 'lynchings'

An editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana said the All India Marathi Literary Meet killed freedom of expression by rescinding the invite to Nayantara Sahgal.

Nayantara Sahgal's invite to literary meet rescinded amid threats by political parties; MNS says 'no objection' to writer's participation
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Nayantara Sahgal's invite to literary meet rescinded amid threats by political parties; MNS says 'no objection' to writer's participation

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray clarified that his party had no objection to Nayantara Sahgal's presence at the literary meet

Marathi literary meet withdraws invite to Nayantara Sahgal; author was part of 2015 'award wapsi' campaign
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Marathi literary meet withdraws invite to Nayantara Sahgal; author was part of 2015 'award wapsi' campaign

Nayantara Sahgal was to inaugurate the 92nd literary meet on 11 January in the presence of Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018: Nayantara Sahgal, Soha Ali Khan, Kiran Nagarkar enthrall audiences
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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018: Nayantara Sahgal, Soha Ali Khan, Kiran Nagarkar enthrall audiences

The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival had something for everyone, from discussions on cinema, the environment and even Lucknowi cuisine | #FirstCulture

Times Lit Fest 2017: Nayantara Sahgal gets Lifetime Achievement Award
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Times Lit Fest 2017: Nayantara Sahgal gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Sahgal fired a series of salvos at the ruling dispensation, even saying that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is "a fascist regime" practising an undeclared dictatorship.

Tata Literature Live 2017: Kiran Nagarkar's book launch to Margaret Drabble talk, Day 3 highlights
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Tata Literature Live 2017: Kiran Nagarkar's book launch to Margaret Drabble talk, Day 3 highlights

The day three of the Mumbai Literature Festival brought an array of sessions exploring everything from one’s right to offend to India's incredible obsession with the consumption of paneer.

When The Moon Shines By Day: Read an excerpt from Nayantara Sahgal's dystopian tale
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When The Moon Shines By Day: Read an excerpt from Nayantara Sahgal's dystopian tale

In her brilliant, dystopian satire — When The Moon Shines By Day, published by Speaking Tiger — Nayantara Sahgal draws a telling portrait of our times

'RSS government' will never recognise progressive writers: Nayantara Sahgal
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'RSS government' will never recognise progressive writers: Nayantara Sahgal

A member of the Nehru-Gandhi family and one of India's foremost writers with feminist concerns, Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 to protest against rising intolerance in the country. Will she ever accept a recognition from the state again? Never.

Modi has met his match in Kanhaiya Kumar, says noted writer Nayantara Sahgal
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Modi has met his match in Kanhaiya Kumar, says noted writer Nayantara Sahgal

Nayantara Sahgal praised JNUSU leader Kanhaiya for his speech at JNU after his release from jail and his subsequent "rational" interviews to the media.

Intolerance row: Indian society is and was tolerant, but certain segments are always at war, says Javed Akhtar
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Intolerance row: Indian society is and was tolerant, but certain segments are always at war, says Javed Akhtar

Claiming that some Hindu groups are now behaving like Muslim fundamentalists, Javed Akhtar said barring such elements Indian society has always been tolerant.

Why fuss so much when intolerance is not new; it’s been around since 1947
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Why fuss so much when intolerance is not new; it’s been around since 1947

When offenders go unpunished and live to offend again, the perception of intolerance grows, both bigger and uglier. The proponents of award-wapsi would have been more credible, but they don’t always get it right.

Amitav Ghosh criticises Sahitya Akademi leadership, but says he won't return his award
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Amitav Ghosh criticises Sahitya Akademi leadership, but says he won't return his award

Amitav Ghosh has said, that although he 'appreciated the courage' of authors who have returned their awards, he wont follow suit.

I oppose all attacks on free speech, says Salman Rushdie to 'Modi Toadies'
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I oppose all attacks on free speech, says Salman Rushdie to 'Modi Toadies'

Booker Prize winning author Salman Rushdie, who came under attack for backing authors protesting against "rising intolerance" in the country, rubbished the criticism by "Modi Toadies", saying he supported no political party but was against "thuggish violence"