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There has never been a more transformational time for the fourth pillar of Indian democracy. New exponents and soldiers of this pillar are cropping up every day. In a time when news has become the salt of all Indian meals, it is incumbent upon the flag-bearers of this pillar to take a deep breath and measure its steps. The fulfillment of the Indian dream of an ideal democracy will be a function of rational journalism. Bookstalkist is born out of that contemplative catharsis of Indian journalism. We intend to be the foot soldiers of ethical and rational journalism and in this pursuit, we have let literature be our guiding light, our North Star. The magazine talks about books, authors, literature, connections between various literary worlds, their socio-economic and socio-political significance, exciting literary events in various parts of the world and interviews of agents of change and development from all over the globe. Bookstalkist is the treasure map every bibliophile, literary enthusiast, and socially conscious individual would want to own on their venture to understand their world better.
“The most heinous and the most cruel crimes of which history has record have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.”, said Gandhi. The fact that Gandhi’s statement holds true even after his death makes it peremptory to initiate a discussion to get our basics right and amend the persisting flaws. This edition of Bookstalkist magazine intends to do that through the article ‘Religion and Discrimination’ and our interview with Professor Makarand Paranjape titled ‘Nationalism, Intellectualism, and Us’. Religious affiliations might be brewing the turmoil for the world, but India has additional complications like the caste system. Like religion, caste has also become more organized and business-like. The article, ‘Caste Politics and Bihar’ discusses how the fate of an important part of the largest democratic system in the world is decided by these power-hungry organizations. ‘Let’s build a village’, which is a take on Raja Rao’s ‘Kanthapura’ also speaks about how caste has become ingrained in our consciousness. Amidst much speculation Kazuo Ishiguro has won Nobel Prize for Literature. Although it is coincidental, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ has been reviewed in this edition. We are extremely grateful to all the contributors who believed in the spirit of Bookstalkist and keep us moving with their writing. If these articles make you pause and ponder, that would be another milestone accomplished for us. If they make you want to discuss further, we are available for you here – firstname.lastname@example.org