Feminist writer Meghna Pant receives Bharat Nirman Award

by Nikita Roy in

Renowned author of “One and A Half Wife,” Meghna Pant, has won the prestigious Bharat Nirman Award for her contribution to the field of literature. The award was presented during the 2017 Asiad Literature Festival.

The Bharat Nirman Foundation was launched by the Government of India in 2005 to promote rural development across the country. The Asiad Literature Festival was launched in New Delhi with the purpose of promoting Indian literature and reading. The festival celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in their field of expertise. Pant received the award for her work and her role as a pioneer among women writers.

Meghna Pant makes her mark wherever she goes. She is an award-winning Indian author, columnist, and feminist as well as a TEDx Speaker. Her books have been published to critical and commercial acclaim. Her debut collection of short stories, “Happy Birthday,” was longlisted for the world’s biggest short story prize, the Frank O’Connor International Award, in 2014. Her best-selling debut novel, “One and A Half Wife,” won the National Muse India Young Writer Award. It was also shortlisted for several other awards, including the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Pant’s latest book, “The Trouble with Women,” is considered a landmark in feminist writing. It was described as “the best book from Juggernaut” by The Hindu Business Line. Pant also won the coveted FON South Asia Short Story Award in 2016.

Another one of Meghna’s unique accomplishments is her abridged version of the world’s longest epic, “The Mahabharata.” She transcribed it into one hundred tweets that The Guardian (UK) called “wonderfully descriptive and paced.”

In addition to her literary involvement, Pant also curates a monthly panel discussion on feminism called Feminist Rani. She also interviews India’s top female leaders and opinion makers on two online shows called First Lady with Meghna Pant (Firstpost/ Network 18) and Get Real with Meghna Pant (SheThePeople). She has been invited to speak at many of the nation’s biggest literary festivals and conferences. Pant previously worked as a business news anchor with Times Now, NDTV, and Bloomberg-UTV in Mumbai and New York.