The official blog of the New India Foundation, a platform where we bring together information on our books, latest news, authored articles on a multitude of subjects on post-Independence India. India’s rich, complex, and contested history has been closely documented. However, the period since India achieved independence (post 1947) remains under-researched by historians and writers. The New India Foundation was set up in 2004 to seek remedy for this. The core activity of the New India Foundation is the New India Fellowships. We encourage breakthrough research on an extraordinary range of topics on post Independent India, by awarding Fellowships to gifted, energetic, scholars, and writers. The Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize, recognizes and celebrates excellence in non-fiction literature on modern/ contemporary India by emerging writers from all nationalities, published in the previous calendar year. Named after Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, the great patriot and institution-builder, the NIF Book Prize further builds on our mission of sponsoring high-quality research and writings on Independent India. Carrying forward the legacy since thirteen years, the Annual NIF Lecture, renamed last year as ‘Girish Karnad Memorial Lecture’ in honour of the late multi-lingual scholar and playwright, is delivered every year by a distinguished scholar or writer in Bangalore. Trustees of the New India Foundation include Ramachandra Guha, Niraja Gopal Jaya, Nandan Nilekani, Srinath Raghavan, and Manish Sabharwal. For more information, please visit: