|V G Kiernan|
In 1938, Victor Kiernan, a young Englishman, left the confines of Trinity College, Cambridge for a journey to India. A communist since 1934, he carried notes from the Communist International to the Indian party. But this was his side mission. His primary one was to meet the dancer and activist Shanta Gandhi, whom he later married. Gandhi was a founder member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), and it was through her extensive contacts that Kiernan found his feet among the radical artists whom he came to cherish. Among them was Faiz Ahmed Faiz. They had communism in common, but also a love for poetry, and they remained friends till Faiz’s death in 1984.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
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