The 54th edition of the award was also unique in one sense: for the first time in its long history spanning over half a century, it was presented to an author writing in English. My work has been shaped, formed and enabled by the linguistic diversity and pluralism of the circumstances in which I grew up,” he said. It is not ‘ alankaran ‘ (ornamentation) but an ‘ aalingan ‘ (embrace) of the people,” Gandhi said in Hindi. But he said that in India today, there is an environment of anger and hate. And he urged Ghosh, who recently authored “The Great Derangement”, to write his next book on this environment of hate, on the “inflammable hatred among communities, which translates into mutually terrorising neighbours in the mohallas”.
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