Hindi

SEARCHING FOR READERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Literary readership in Hindi is a mysterious territory. The reasons are well-known in one way or another, yet it remains hugely unpredictable. With the extinction of the welfare state that protected it and asked it to bear the historical burden of being the national language and the official language, Hindi finds itself in a new, alien world of the globalized Indian economy. Losing significant ground to English in education and employment, it is virtually on the threshold of being reduced to a language of market and electoral sloganeering. Writers, editors and publishers from three generations look for a new reader in the new century.

Speakers: Rajendra Yadav, Mangalesh Dabral, Paresh Nath, Arun Maheshwari, Neeta Gupta, Ravish Kumar, Giriraj Kiradoo.

Moderator: Satyanand Nirupam.

Reading: Prabhat Ranjan, Mahesh Verma.

Time: 18 December, 4.15 PM to 5.30 PM.