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Literary Post Colonialism Debates

Highly overreacting on both sides, Hartosh Singh and William Dalrymple lash out at each other (while assuring to mean it differently – so why exactly don’t you write in Punjabi?) over Goras in India writing about India getting more attention than Indians doing so. It is a valid debate in any case and the Jaipur Literary Festival of course the right time of the year to stir such a discussion.

Singh means to critizice Indians on their admiration for the Gora’s writing on their homeland – Dalrymple is pissed – Singh accepts the challenge.

UPDATE I: A very similar haggle, Patrick French and Pankaj Mishra take on here and here.

What’s a foreigner allowed to understand on the sub-continent?

UPDATE II Or differently put by Salil Tripathi at Mint here

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