Vivek Agnihotri & Pallavi Joshi share their views in the Pondy Lit Fest 2018


A Chinese proverb says that talking to a wise person is equal to reading hundreds of books; but how if we get two wise people to converse? The Pondy Lit Fest 2018 witnessed this where Rajroopa Bhattacharjee & Ajit Datta grabbed opportunity to natter with renowned actress Pallavi Joshi and eminent filmmaker & author of Best seller title #UrbanNaxlas Vivek Agnihotri.

As the duo has been in the lime light because of the latest & fastest best-seller title #UrbanNaxals by Vivek Agnihotri because of its off bit subject, Abhijeet initiated the conversation with a question that whom Vivek & Pallavi find more Radical – Urban Naxals or Rural Naxals?

Vivek Agnihotri responded that Rural Naxals are those who protest or fight against the system or govt or anybody with help of guns. Further he says that anybody who fights with guns can be defeated at any point of time. Bigger gun or better strategy can always conquer the opponent. But how do you stand against someone who is fighting an ideological war? This is also disguised as they care for the society; they are Urban Naxals and you cannot figure them out as they pretend to be amongst yours.

Watch out entire conversation between them here –

Rajroopa then asks Vivek that can we say that in compare to rural naxals, can urban naxals be also opportunists. Vivek Agnihotri denied by quoting Anand Rangnathan that they are UrbanNaxals & Burban Naxals. UrbanNaxals by day & Burban Naxals by evening. Burban Naxals are opportunists and Urban Naxals are not. UrbanNaxals are those soldiers who fight their war against India.

Why Vivek Agnihotri responds this? What made him think so? As Pallavi says in the conversation that this entire subject has come out from the experience of Vivek who comes from the Small town and on the other hand Pallavi, who has born & brought up in the metro like Mumbai has never experienced what Vivek has gone through.

Mr. Vivek Agnihotri has done an in depth research on this and he made a feature film also on this sensitive topic – Buddha in a traffic jam; later on this sensitive issue came out as a brain child of Mr. Vivek as a book #UrbanNaxals.

This book #UrbanNaxals has become the fastest best seller title in just few days post its launch; many intellectuals across the nation acknowledged it, read it and have their feedback on it. Recently Mr. Vivek Agnihotri tweeted on social media – “#UrbanNaxals are India’s biggest internal security threat. They must be defeated. You can read more about these invisible enemies of India.

Moreover, there are many more interesting narratives and elaborations captured in wonderful book #UrbanNaxals. To know more about the book #UrbanNaxals and to get your copy, click on this link –

#UrbanNaxals is also available on Amazon, Flip kart and major book-stores.

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