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Lalit member in India for Writers' Conclave


Lalit member, Lindsey Collen, was amongst some 40 writers from Asia and Africa invited by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, a department in the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry, to participate in a three day literary conference. The conference was conceptualized to mark the 50 years since the Bandung Conference on decolonization and was on the general theme: 'Continents of Creation: Legacy, Identity and Assertion'. Lindsey gave a talk on the Panel on 'Home, Homelessness and the Modern Predicament.' Each panel, she explained, had five or six writers speaking on a theme, and then there was interaction. There were also poetry readings in the evenings. The conclave was held against the enchanting background of the Neemrana Fort Palace constructed in 1464.

Here is a list of the writers present, listed by alphabetical order of first name:

Abdalmageed Haj Alameen, Sudan

Abhi Subedi, Nepal

Ahmad Faraz, Pakistan

Ajeet Cour, India

Aman Nath, India

Ashis Nandy, India

Ashok Vajpeyi, India

Charles Mangoshi, Zimbabwe

Charles R. Larson, USA

Don Mattera, South Africa

Ekow Eshan, London

Feryal Ali Gauhar, Pakistan

Geetanjali Shree, India

Gulzar, India

Goenawan Mohamad, Indonesia

Indira Goswami, India

Jamal Kamal, Uzbekistan

Javed Akhtar, India

Jean Arsanayagam, Sri Lanka

Kaiser Haq, Bangladesh

Kozuko Shiraishi, Japan

Kofi Anyidoho, Ghana

K. Satchidanandan, India

Lindsey Collen, Mauritius

Malashri Lal, India,

Malika Amar Shaikh, India

Mallika Sengupta, India

Marjorie Evasco, Philippines

Meira Chand, Singapore

Miral el Tahawi, Eqypt

Namdeo Dhasal, india

Namita Gokhale, India

Nawal el Saadawi, Egypt

Nuruddin Farah, Somalia

Padma Sachdev, India

Pavan K. Varma, India

Sapardi Djoko Damono, Indonesia

Sefi Atta, Nigeria

Selina Hossain, Bangladesh

Sanam Kinga, Ghutan

Sudeep Sen, India

Taran J.Tejpal, India

U. R Anantha Murthy, india

Urvashi Butalia, India

Vaasanthi, India.