Aligarh, March 6: The second day of the AMU literary festival 2.0 organized by Aligarh Muslim University Debating and Literary Club, Cultural Education Centre began with attendance and lectures by India Today Consulting Editor and author, Mr Rajdeep Sardesai; former Indian diplomat and Congress leader Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar; Poet and short story writer, Mr Keki N Daruwalla; eminent Novelist Mr Chandrahas Choudhary; writer Mariam Karim Ahlawat and novelist Satyarth Nayak.

In the first panel of the day, Mr Sardesai spoke on ‘Is Indian media democratic: question of equal access, inclusion and representation’. Talking about how geography primarily affects the coverage of news, Mr Sardesai said that if a student has a different opinion from the rest of us, he/she should not be called an anti-national.

He discussed how the media, instead of reporting the news, is projecting opinions in stories.

While speaking on the topic of ‘Modern democratic India: A Nation of Contradictions’, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar said that there cannot be a majoritarian view in the Indian democratic set up as India is a collection of minorities with each having an individual identity.

One of the highlights of the event was a poetry reading session by Mr Keki N Daruwalla, in which he recited poetry with shades of history to present the contemporary situation in light of the omni-present social issues.

Mr Chandrahas Choudhary later took a workshop on journalistic writing in which he talked about journalism, gender inequality, Indian novels and his ideas about life.

He also talked about novels as tools of social-political change and connecting novels on an individual basis in creating our perspectives.

During a panel discussion on ‘Indian English Literature’, Ms Mariam Karim Ahlawat talked about history in the contemporary Indian literature and the great amount of research that goes in writing such novels.

Meanwhile, Mr Satyarth Nayak spoke on thriller novels and how this genre of writing gives a unique vantage point in modern literature. (muslimissues)