“No mob can tell us what to write and what not to write”

“No mob can tell us what to write and…

“It has become a status symbol to be banned”, says Nayantara Sahgal with a smile on her face. Bold and unapologetic, the eminent author talks to Ishita Mehta of the Indian Cultural Forum about her latest novella The Fate of Butterflies, the recent withdrawal of her invitation from the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, the attacks on writers and artists and their roles in the “unmaking of India”, the global political scenario, and more.

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A cow mania has been set in motion in…

In the second part of the Indian Writers Forum conversation with Githa Hariharan, eminent writer Nayantara Sahgal talks about the intolerance of Hindutva forces towards the minorities, the connection between the Hindu Mahasabha (the RSS’s ancestor) and the European fascist dictatorships, and how, for writers, there’s no avoiding the political.

In today’s India, a kind of cow mania has been set in motion by the ruling party, where gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) are supposed to protect the holiness of the cow. The Dalits recently rose up in a big uprising, saying “If the cow is your mother, you look after her. We will not lift cow carcasses any more.” This would have delighted the hearts of Mahatma Gandhi and Ambedkar.