KOLKATA LITERARY MEET

  • Kolkata Literary Meet 2014: A resounding success February 6, 2014

    The first year of the Kolkata Literary Meet being held independently from the Book Fair was a resounding success. An initiative by Kalam, with Gameplan as the chief organizers, the meet was sponsored by reputed corporate names such as Tata Steel, Exide and Google Srei. The panel not only boasted...
  • Rushdie's Kolkata visit: Dr Amartya Sen criticises protesters February 3, 2013

    Kolkata: Noted economist and Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen has criticised Muslim groups for raising a hue and cry over author Salman Rushdie's proposed visit to Kolkata for the Literary Meet. Dr Sen, who is attending the Literary Meet, said, "There are a lot of people who are enormously disadvantaged....
  • T20 fun, but Test ultimate yardstick of cricket skills: Ganguly February 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Twenty20 cricket is fun, popular and moneyspinning, but for former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, the fiveday Test format is the ultimate yardstick of a cricketer's skills. The dashing left hander, who retired from international cricket four years back and played his career's last Twenty20 game last year, feels ultimately...
  • This claim of right to be offended is worrisome: Tharoor February 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said he was worried that segments of society claimed the "right to be offended" and pointed out that the expression of heretical views was often necessary for an "evolution of culture". "This is an era when segments of society claim the...
  • Sharmila: Death punishment is not a deterrent for rape February 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore Friday opposed capital punishment for rape saying death is neither the ultimate punishment nor a deterrent. "I don't think death is the ultimate punishment. It is not a deterrent because when the person is committing the crime, he thinks that he is not going to...
  • Mamata's decision of blocking Rushdie from Kolkata not surprising: Amit Chaudhuri February 1, 2013

    Salman Rushdie on Friday tweeted that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered the police to block his arrival in the city for the Literary Meet. ...
  • Full text: Rushdie's statement on Kolkata visit row February 1, 2013

    Author Salman Rushdie hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing her of blocking his visit to Kolkata. Reacting on Twitter, Rushdie blamed Mamata Banerjee for ordering the police to block his arrival. Rushdie's trip to Kolkata on Wednesday was cancelled as the venue for his press conference...
  • Deliberate powercut at Imran's media interaction January 30, 2012

    Kolkata: Darkness descended midway through former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan's interaction with the media at a venue during the Kolkata Literary Meet on Monday but the organisers of the programme said it was a deliberate act to fend off media chaos. "Power was switched off because there was too much chaos...
  • We cannot let them break the pen: Vikram Seth January 30, 2012

    The Speech upon Inaugurating the First Kolkata Literary Meet, 26 January 2012 Thank you very much for inviting me this Republic Day to inaugurate the first Kolkata Literary Meet or KLM or (most aptly of all) 'Kolom'. By the word 'kolom' I imagine we mean not only the pen...
  • Banning books is a sin: Chetan Bhagat January 29, 2012

    Kolkata: Opining that banning books is a sin, popular novelist Chetan Bhagat on Saturday said that the people should appreciate the diversity of opinion in our society. "Different people have different views. We must appreciate that. Nothing is absolute in this world," Bhagat said at the Kolkata Literary Meet. While talking...
  • Rushdie row: Religion misused, says Vikram Seth January 26, 2012

    Kolkata: Criticising the government for the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's visit to the Jaipur Literature Festival, novelist Vikram Seth on Thursday said the affair was whipped up because of "power", "politics" and "misuse of religion". "The whole affair was whipped up because of power and politics and because of the...