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: 
Oct 2017 to Sep 2018

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a fiction writer and journalist.

As a journalist, he has covered the Maoist insurgency and documented the conditions of tribes caught in the conflict between the police and the insurgents. He has investigated several fake 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 among the eight journalists across the globe shortlisted for the Reuters’ Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism for his reporting on the Maoist insurgency. 

One of his acclaimed reports:

He has also published a story collection, Jo Frame Men Na The, in Hindi, 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. At present, he is writing his memoir of the Maoist insurgency, besides his first novel.  

As part of his fellowship at the IIAS, he is exploring the idea of the woman in the Indian novel.