New Delhi: Raghu Karnad, The Wire‘s consulting editor and former bureau chief, on Thursday received the Windham-Campbell prize at Yale University in the US for his book Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War.

On receiving the prize, Karnad said he wrote the book without any certainty that it would even find a publisher outside of India. “To have it recognized like this—and placed in the company of others that were my inspirations—feels less like an achievement than a fantastical dream,” he said. He received the non-fiction category prize for “combining forensic archival research with imaginative fire and unsettling national and colonial histories” in his book.

The book narrates a lost chapter in Indian history through the lives of five young people and was the end result of an essay written in 2012 on the living traces of the Second World War in India’s northeast.

He received also received the prize money of $165,000 at the official ceremony held at the Yale University Art Gallery from the university’s president Peter Salovey.


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Gundulapete: In a horrific incident fight between members of two families over personal issues, ended in murder of three persons on Tuesday night here Gundulapete of Chamraj Nagar District.

The murdered persons have been identified as Zakaullah Khan (32), Idris (34) and Qaiser (29), all residents of Zakir Hussain Nagar here. Four other persons identified as Nasrullah (40), Umar (22), Jajo (17), Aleem (22) and Mujeebullah (30).

According to the reports, the two families of Inayath and Nurullah were on locked horns for several years now over personal issues. The reports further added that the two families again fought on Tuesday night which ended in the murder of three and critically injuring four.

Reacting after the incident, the local police arrested four people in connection to the murders. A special team has also been formed to trace and arrest remaining accused in the case, police added.

Tension and panic prevailed in the city after the incident. IGP Vipul Kumar and Chamrajnagar SP rushed to the city and are since been camping here to monitor situation. Security in the vicinity have also been beefed up with deployment of police personnel.