|Sh. Ashutosh Bhardwaj|
|Duration of Fellowship||Oct 2017 to Oct 2019|
|Research Project||The encounter of the Indian novel with modernity and nationalism as reflected through its women characters / The gender politics of the Indian novel|
|About: Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a literary critic, fiction writer and journalist. As a journalist, he has traveled across Central India and documented the conditions of tribes caught in the conflict between the Maoist insurgents and the police. He has investigated encounter killings, cases of political corruption and electoral malpractices. He is the only journalist in India to have won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism for four consecutive years. In 2015, he was shortlisted for the Reuters’ Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.
He has published three books, including a story collection, Jo Frame Men Na The; a book of essays on literature, Pitra Vadh; a creative biography of Dandakaranya, The Death Script; besides several other stories, diaries, travelogues and critical essays. He has received the Krishna Baldev Vaid Fellowship for his innovative fiction and was a writer-in-residence at the Sangam House in Bangalore, 2012-13.
His co-edited volume on the Indian chapter of diaspora literature will soon be in the press.
As part of his fellowship at the IIAS, he has written a monograph on solitudes of woman characters in Indian novels.