Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay is a Delhi-based writer and journalist with almost obsessive interest in religious conflicts. He tracked the emergence of communalism and Hindu nationalist politics as it grew in strength mid-1980s onwards. His reporting on the Ram temple agitation for newspapers led to his first book — The Demolition: India At The Crossroads (HarperCollins, 1994) which established his credentials as a serious voice on Hindu rightwing politics. After a two-decade long break, in 2013 he published his second book — the biography of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His last book, Sikhs: Untold Agony of 1984 drew extensively from personal experiences while engaged in relief and rehabilitation programmes in the aftermath of the anti-Sikh pogrom. An unabashed college dropout, he anchored India’s only discussion programme on watershed historical events, A Page From History, on Lok Sabha Television for six years. He writes columns for several papers and websites besides making odd TV appearances. Also a playwright, he is giving final touches to two books on different aspects of Hindu nationalist politics.