PEN asked Indian writers to share thoughts on India’s 75th Independence Day. Here is my contribution.

Go here to read the words of so many writers I admire: Kiran Desai, Suketu Mehta, Geetanjali Shree, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amit Chaudhuri, Jeet Thayil, and many, many others. These are sobering reflections on the idea of freedom—we didn’t become writers to win votes or popularity contests. I think of these pieces as ways to keep dissent alive.

A selection of the above texts are also available at LitHub.