The role of a writer
If you are upset, don't write, the minister of culture advises the writers. In other words, be silent
What is the writer’s role in a society? Is it to be the nation’s cheer-leader, producing patriotic poetry that warms the hearts, the kind that the poet Adil Jussawalla more accurately described as “patriotic rubbish", in his introduction to New Writing in India, the path-breaking anthology he edited in 1974? Or to be the nation’s entertainer, writing feel-good novels celebrating picaresque, pedestrian pursuits of a naukri and a chhokri, or a job and a girl, which Chetan Bhagat says is what the young Indian Dream is all about?