Is The World Becoming Flat Again?

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Summary The diversity of thoughts, speech, literature and the arts is under attack.

Is The World Becoming Flat Again?

The diversity of thoughts, speech, literature and the arts is under attack in many parts of the world, either in the name of religion or in the name of ‘look-alike, think-alike’ globalisation.

As I’ve been writing I’ve had more uncertainties than answers in my mind. But of one thing I am certain: writers will write, whatever the odds, and I want to wish them safety and freedom in writing.

This article is adapted from the inaugural address at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2008. www.jaipurliteraturefestival.org

Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian journalist and author of Point of View: A Personal Response to Life, Literature and Politics.

Resurgence 250 Sept/Oct 2008