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Writers Ayesha Jalal, Aakar Patel and Humra Quraishi examine Manto’s continued relevance during the current chaos, his role as conscience keeper and writing as rebellion, during his birth anniversary month.
In collaboration with Bangalore Literature Festival
Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. After majoring in history and political science at Wellesley College, she obtained her doctorate in history from the University of Cambridge. Jalal has been Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge (1980-1984); Leverhulme Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge (1984-1987); Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. (1985-1986); and Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (1988-1990). From 1998-2003 she was a MacArthur Fellow.
Her publications include “The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan,” “The State of Martial Rule: the Origins of Pakistan’s Political Economy of Defence,” and “Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: a Comparative and Historical Perspective.” Jalal has co-authored “Modern South Asia: History, Culture and Political Economy” with Sugata Bose. Her study of Muslim identity in the subcontinent, entitled “Self and Sovereignty: the Muslim Individual and the Community of Islam in South Asia since c.1850.” Her most recent book is “Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia.”
Humra Quraishi is a Delhi based writer, columnist and journalist. Her books include Kashmir – The Unending Tragedy: Reports From The Front Lines; Kashmir- The Untold Story; a volume of her collective writings, Views: Yours and Mine; two short story collections , Bad Time Tales and More Bad Time Tales; a volume, Divine Legacy: Dagars & Dhrupad; Her debut novel was Meer: A Love.
Her short stories have been published in several magazines and journals.
She has co- authored The Good The Bad and The Ridiculous: Profiles; Absolute Khushwant and a series of writings with the late Khushwant Singh.
Her take on what’s it like to be a singleton in today’s turbulent times is part of the Penguin published anthology- Chasing the Good Life: On Being Single and one of her essays, The State Can’t Snatch Away our Children, is part of the Zubaan published anthology – Of Mothers And Others. And in the volume on the 1984 Sikh riots – 1984: In Memory and Imagination, her essay is titled, Why Not a Collective Cry for Justice !
Aakar Patel is a columnist.
He has edited and translated a collection of essays by Manto titled, Why I Write: Essays by Saadat Hasan Manto.