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: 
Nov 2018 to Sep 2019

Ashutosh Bhardwaj is a 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 among the eight journalists across the globe 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. At present, he is writing his first novel.  

As part of his fellowship at the IIAS, he is examining the portrayals of the woman in Indian novels. Bhardwaj is also attempting to trace a rich lineage of women characters in Sanskrit literature that, in texts like the Devi Mahatmya, repeatedly underlines that the ultimate reality is feminine in nature.