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Political biographies, reportage feature in Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Prize longlist

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Political biographies, reportage feature in Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Prize longlist

Books by Jairam Ramesh, Stephen Alter and Rajdeep Sardesai part of the 12 books talked about within the longlist.

Books by Jairam Ramesh, Stephen Alter and Rajdeep Sardesai part of the 12 books talked about within the longlist.

Twelve books on a wide range of themes starting from political biographies to reportage, anthropology to historical past and environmental histories to regional research by writers like Jairam Ramesh, Stephen Alter and Vikram Sampath amongst others have made it to the longlist of the 2020 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Prize.

The longlist was named by a jury headed by Niraja Gopal Jayal and likewise comprising Ramachandra Guha, Nandan Nilekani, Srinath Raghavan, Nayanjot Lahiri and Manish Sabharwal.

In line with the jury, the books cowl a wide selection of genres: biographies, investigative reportage, regional histories, environmental research and are written by students, journalists and activists.

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“It was each thrilling and arduous to decide on these titles among the many over 100 books submitted for the prize,” it stated.

The shortlist shall be introduced on November 16 and the winner in December.

Named after Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, who had contributed considerably to the liberty battle, to the ladies’s motion, to refugee rehabilitation and to the renewal of handicrafts, the prize celebrates non-fiction literature by rising writers from all nationalities, revealed within the earlier calendar yr. Instituted in 2018, the prize carries a money award of ₹15 lakh and a quotation.

The longlist contains “A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon” by Ramesh; “Wild Himalaya: A Pure Historical past of the Biggest Mountain Vary on Earth” by Alter; “Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Previous, 1883-1924” by Sampath; “2019: How Modi Received India” by Rajdeep Sardesai; “The Unquiet River: A Biography of the Brahmaputra” by Arupjyoti Saikia; and “Mobilizing the Marginalized: Ethnic Events with out Ethnic Actions” by Amit Ahuja.

“Panjab: Journey via Faultlines” by Amandeep Sandhu; “The Nice Agrarian Conquest: The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World” by Neeladri Bhattacharya“; “Bottle of Lies: Ranbaxy and the Darkish Aspect of Indian Pharma” by Katherine Eban; “Animal Intimacies: Beastly Love within the Himalayas by Radhika Govindrajan“; “Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance: Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Troopers” by Nandita Haksar and Sebastian Hongray; and “Midnight’s Machines: A Political Historical past of Expertise” in India by Arun Mohan Sukumar full the record.

Earlier winners of the award are Milan Vaishnav (“When Crime Pays: Cash and Muscle in Indian Politics”, 2018) and Ornit Shani (“How India Grew to become Democratic”, 2019).

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