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Mridula Nath Chakraborty

Mridula Chakrabortyis Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute at Monash University. She is the editor of Being Bengali: At home and in the world (2014) and co-editor of A Treasury of Bangla Stories (1999). She has facilitated literary-cultural exchanges between Australia and India through Literary Commons!: Writing Australia-India in the Asian century with Dalit, Indigenous and Multilingual Tongues (2014–2016), Autumn School in Literary Translation (2013), and ALIF: Australia India Literatures International Forum (2012). The outcome of these collaborations was a special issue on Dalit/Indigenous poetry from twenty-five languages translated into/from English in Cordite Poetry Review (2016).

Mridula Nath Chakraborty reviews 'Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India' by Shashi Tharoor

October 2017, no. 395 28 September 2017
For a book that began as a tweet, Shashi Tharoor’s Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India has had a remarkable journey, taking its best-selling author on a world tour, both to the centre of Empire in the United Kingdom, and its outpost in Australia. A career diplomat who retired as under-secretary general at the United Nations in 2001, Tharoor is now a member of parliament for the Lowe ... (read more)

Mridula Nath Chakraborty reviews 'The Walls of Delhi' by Uday Prakash, translated by Jason Grunebaum

September 2012, no. 344 28 August 2012
Continuously inhabited since at least the sixth century, Delhi is fabled to be the city that was built seven times and razed to the ground seven times. Some believe the word Delhi comes from dehali or threshold, and the city is seen as the gateway to the Great Indian Gangetic plains. In 1912 the British moved their colonial seat of power from Calcutta to New Delhi, which also became the capital of ... (read more)

Mridula Nath Chakraborty reviews 'Southerly, Vol. 70, No. 3: India India' edited by Santosh K. Sareen and G.J.V. Prasad

November 2011, no. 336 21 October 2011
Special issues are difficult and delicate, given the burden of representation. Editor David Brooks confesses to providing only a glimpse of the rich field that might constitute Indian–Australian literary relations. He offers ‘that very Australian thing – a showbag, a sampler, full of enticements to explore further’. Given the slow but steady realisation in Australia that India should be a ... (read more)