‘Dhillirunthaa mothamaa vaangale,’ proclaims Kaala when he finds himself surrounded by brahminical goons in the dead of night. If you have the heart for a fight, come at me with all your might. At Navayana we are inflamed by the same fervour. But we are only confronted by indifference. No gangs of angry goons surround us—only unsold copies of books which sit in our office gathering the dust of Delhi’s June, and the pervasive presence of the latest Rajkumar Hirani film, Sanju.
Both Sanju and Ramchandra Singh, the author of 13 Years: A Naxalite’s Prison Diary, found themselves in the same world—the Indian jail. But then again, they were universes apart. Sanju, the brat, has become a Bollywood star, an owner of restaurants abroad, and also has a big-budget movie warmly celebrating his nincompoopery. Ramchandra Singh, however, doesn’t even have the privilege of being forgotten, banished as he is from the very realm of memory. The reception of his recently translated memoir was predictably tepid.
But Navayana can know no rest. We are up in arms to promote and sell the book, weaving curses that will keep alive the haunt of the ghost of Ramchandra Singh. Why must Sanju get all the footage? (Speaking of which, check this video out where we have stitched together fragments from the Delhi launch of 13 Years.)
On 26 June, come to the Hyderabad book launch of 13 Years: A Naxalite’s Prison Diary. In conversation will be B. Anuradha, Sumanta Banerjee, K. Y. Ratnam and Varavara Rao.
The event will be held at
Lamakaan, off Road 1
near GVK Mall, Banjara Hills
Tuesday, 26 June 2018, 7pm.
Also in Hyderabad, will be the launch of one of the most audacious books we have published—Republic of Caste—written by Anand Teltumbde, the contemporary Karikalan of radical dalit thought. One can understand why this book hasn’t captured mainstream attention, seeing as how it annihilates all presumptions that are dear to any breed of status quo-ists. However, sooner or later, it is bound to become the Bible which will lead all who crave progressive change to salvation.
Anand Teltumbde will be in Hyderabad discussing the book with Bhangya Bhukya, Kalpana Kannabiran and Firdaus Soni, on 24 June.
The event will also be held at the aforementioned Lamakaan.
Sunday, 24 June 2018, 7pm.
For those who will not be in Hyderabad, we direct you to cyberspace. Both the books, and many more, are available on our website. Support us, read the powerful words of our authors. Katravai. Patravai.