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The non-fiction fraternity speaks up

The non-fiction fraternity speaks up
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The 2nd India Non-Fiction Festival with the theme Be Bold. Stay Real was held for the first time in the national capital over the weekend. The first edition of the festival was held in Mumbai in June.

The speakers included the likes of noted academician Rajmohan Gandhi, former army chief Gen V K Singh, former Air India Executive Director Jitendra Bhargava, former diplomat Pavan Varma and member in the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Council Kiran Karnik.

The two-day festival was built on interesting topics and no holds barred panel discussions on subjects ranging from Elections, Politics, Governance & Leadership, Security and Terrorism, Foreign Policy to Media, Travel, Development, India – History and Future, Women Empowerment and more.

In most of the sessions, panelists clearly pointed out that India’s lack of leadership in governance has affected its growth and led to policy paralysis. Further, panelists like Dipankar Gupta, Gen V P Malik, Jitendra Bhargava, Kiran Karnik opined that lack of leadership and accountability has given rise to corruption exponentially. They were of the view that for India to develop, transparency in governance and strong leadership is required.

Former Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. V P Malik was critical of the establishment of handling internal security. He said, ‘There is general apathy towards security amongst Indians. When there is a crisis, everyone look towards people in uniform but once situation is under control, no one is bothered.’

The festival saw book launches, Karma Kurry by Jeroninio Almeida which takes into account the stories of people who have contributed towards building a more humane and responsible society. Aisle Be Damned by Rishi Piparaiya and Urban Villager by Vandana Vasudevan was launched during the festival.
Bringing together the non fiction writers, readers and publishers together, the session ‘Get Booked!’ offered a platform to budding authors to pitch their work.
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