Sh. Ashutosh Bhardwaj

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
Duration of Fellowship: 
नवंबर 2018 to सितंबर 2019

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a fiction writer, literary critic 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 also published a story collection, Jo Frame Men Na The, 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 book of essays and other writings on literature and cinema, Pitra Vadh, and another book on the Maoist zone of Dandakaranya are in press. 

As part of his fellowship at the IIAS, he is writing a monograph on solitudes of woman characters in Indian novels. Bhardwaj is also attempting to trace their evolution through a rich lineage of women characters in Sanskrit literature.