Kovalam Literary Festival on 10th October at Thiruvananthapuram

By: Creative Brands Bureau | Thiruvananthapuram             Dated: September 26, 2015

Kovalam Literacy Festival

Well known writer, thinker Gopalkrishna Gandhi will deliver K.C John Memorial Lecture on the violence of death penalty at the Kovalam Literary festival, in VJT Hall, Thiruvananthapuram on 10th October 2015, Saturday. Sagarika Ghosh will introduce the speaker.

Mr Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and son of Devdas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi, daughter of C. Rajagoplachari. He will be speaking on Punishing By Death, on the folly of the death penalty. He was one of the anti-death penalty campaigners who appeared before the Law Commission which recently recommended taking away the death penalty apart from terrorism related cases.

The Kovalam Literary Festival is coming back to Thiruvananthapuram after a two-year break with a star line-up of speakers including Gopal Gandhi and Rajdeep Sardesai at the VJT Hall in Thiruvananthapuram on October 10, according  founder director Binoo. K. John.

Well known TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai will talk about the 2014 elections, the subject of his book and will take it through to the forthcoming Bihar elections. Kiran Nagarkar, perhaps India top novelist writing in English  now, will read from the last of his Ravan and Eddie trilogy which has just been released.

Akshaya Mukul, author of the phenomenal buzz book of this year, Gita Press and the Rise of Hindu India, will talk about the origins and rapid growth of the Hindu extreme right in India.

"Akshaya Mukul  presents us with a rare treasure trove…Mukul tells us the fascinating story of how the Hindutva project was seeded and consolidated in the public imagination.This book will greatly enhance out knowledge and understanding of the disturbing situation India finds itself in today," Arundhati Roy says about the book.

There will also be a session on statist violence and the grisly underbelly of counter terrorism. Arun Ferreira, the Mumbai journallist who was arrested on suspicion of being a Nazal sympathiser will address this session along with Manisha sethi, professor of Jamia Milia University in Delhi,  author of Kafkaland.

Kerala Tourism and Taj Vivanta are supporting the Festival which will be a one-day affair. Admission is free.

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