JLF ends with debate on ‘post-truth world’

Jaipur, Jan 23 (IANS) The 10th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) came to a close here on Monday with a heated debate on the subject of post-truth world.

Distinguished writers Anne Waldman, Ashutosh Varshney, David McWilliams, Luke Harding, Shashi Tharoor, Prasoon Joshi, Suhel Seth and Swapan Dasgupta participated in the debate on the proposition “We are living in a post-truth world,” moderated by noted journalist Barkha Dutt.

During the course of over an hour-long debate, the panelists shared their perspective on issues ranging from the Brexit to the victory of US President Donald Trump and Narendra Modi-led central government’s demonetisation move.

The panelists also sought to explore the nexus between the media and political class and how this results in manipulation of information.

Over the past five-days, the literature fest hosted close to 250 authors from India and abroad.

The sessions touched upon a multitude of ideas and themes, including the “freedom to dream,” which explored India today in the context of its history as well as its future, Translations and World Literature, Women and Marginalised Voices, Sanskrit, and Colonialism and the Legacy of the Raj.

Among the most renowned faces seen during this edition of the festival were Man Booker Prize Paul Beatty, Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan; Laurence Olivier award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Sir David Hare; internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; one of the India’s foremost writers and philosophers S.L. Bhyrappa; 2016 Emerging Voices Award winner Eka Kurniawan and yogi, mystic and New York Times bestselling author Sadhguru.

Around 30 languages were represented from India and across the world as the festival featured authors writing in Indian regional languages, including the popular Volga in Telugu, S.L. Bhyrappa and Vivek Shanbhag in Kannada, Kaajal Oza Vaidya in Gujarati, C.P. Deval and Hari Ram Meena in Rajasthani and Kanak Mani Dixit and Binod Chaudhary in Nepali.

Dhruba Jyoti Borah in Assamese, Gulzar and Javed Akhtar in Urdu, Jatindra K. Nayak in Oriya, Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in Kashmiri, Arunava Sinha and Radha Chakravarty in Bengali and Arshia Sattar, A.N.D. Haksar and Roberto Calasso in Sanskrit, further added an essence of multilingualism to the 10th edition of JLF.

–IANS

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