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There was a time when of the 100-something undergraduate colleges in Delhi, 50 or 60 had history departments. And pretty much all of them had English literature departments.

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

One of the things that American intellectuals and the American government is very concerned about is that America is not producing as many scientists and engineers as it was producing 20-30 years ago. 

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

In an economically more competitive world, people begin to ask stricter questions about investment and return. In less competitive times, the humanities get greater leeway, greater funding because there is not the same sense of urgency about competing in a ruthless global world. 

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

Puducherry, won by a Congress-led coalition was, in the most literal way, small consolation.

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

All parties find excuses for defeat.

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

The stasis within the party is more apparent than real. 

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

I am writing a mid-list literary book, which if I am lucky 2,500 people will read. Yet, I thought, ‘What am I writing?’

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

Akharas usually have images of Hanuman in them. This could offend someone. So I changed it to ‘There was a hugely muscled primate’ hoping that people who’d be offended would probably not know what a primate meant.

Mukul Kesavan (Historian)

Paranjape’s talk was followed by a Q&A session, which if the number of hands up in the audience was any indication, should have gone on for hours, but time constraints limited it to just under half an hour.

Ayesha Kidwai (Author)

I love creating characters, and setting them within the context of the themes I have in mind.

Mitra Phukan (Author)

I have tried to keep the language and style as simple as possible.

Mitra Phukan (Author)

Translation is my way of “paying my dues” to my mother tongue.

Mitra Phukan (Author)

Books were my constant companions and friends, and I must have been inspired to write by them.

Mitra Phukan (Author)

I like Mamani very much because she is my first little heroine! She is only seven, but is resourceful and musical and quite unafraid in the face of danger.

Mitra Phukan (Author)

English plays a very important role in the North East, especially the hill states. 

Mitra Phukan (Author)

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