On the Sunday that preceded Republic Day, there were no booksellers in Daryajanj’s weekly book bazaar.
“It’s closed for security reasons,” a paanwalla told me. I stood on the empty pavement and laughed. Trains were still chugging in Old Delhi station, chaatwallas were still frying tikkis in Chandni Chowk but this booklovers’ den was a security threat. Read more