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At the Kolkata Book Fair, a fight for India’s soul

India's Citizenship Amendment Act, passed by Narendra Modi last December, has sparked protests around the nation. At one of the world's largest book fairs, politics takes centre stage

By Ravi Ghosh  

At the annual Kolkata Book Fair, people flock from all over the city to browse millions of titles in Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Sanskrit, and English. Islamic pop-up stalls sit alongside Hindu and Sikh neighbours. In an open clearing, a downsized Mount Rushmore-like statue towers over the crowds, made of ten faces clumsily fashioned from plastic and cloth. They include India’s most…

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