Much before ‘secular’ is cut out from the constitution, it will become an archaic word in our daily lives.
Sidharth Bhatia is a Founding Editor of The Wire. He is a journalist and writer based in Mumbai. He was among the editors who launched DNA in 2005 and managed its editorial and opinion section. He writes on politics, society and culture. An Associate Press Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Bhatia's last book was India Psychedelic, the story of a Rocking Generation. He's on Twitter @bombaywallah.
For comedians, 2017 has been a breakthrough year, when they didn’t shy away from taking down the rich, the famous and the powerful.
‘Vikas’ took a backseat long ago; the BJP is now back to basics and even when there is no election going on, it will continue on this trajectory.
Ray was a Renaissance Man, obsessed with every aspect of filmmaking.
The deliberate averting of the gaze from genuine newsworthy issues is equally a sign of how journalists are out to divert the national conversation.
While the veteran actor gave some unforgettable performances, he did not always get roles that challenged him.
Slowly but surely, the Congress is shuffling back into the game and Rahul, the man who everyone, including his own party, gave up on, is chiefly responsible for that.
Look at the image carefully. The face of the man tells us countless stories of hardships suffered and misfortunes borne because of demonetisation. It is another matter that those who can and should ease his pain never even registered the photo in the first place.
In Legacy of Spies, the deeds of the past are weighed against the morality of the present
The diversity of voices and opinions on the likes of Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube is a refreshing antidote to the stultifying conformity of the big media.
How will history judge the founder of Playboy? That the iconic magazine had good journalism is undeniable, but equally true is that it sold because of the nudity.
Rahul Gandhi’s speech at Berkeley has given the Congress a reason to cheer, but there’s much to be done if it wants to capitalise on the growing dissatisfaction with the BJP.
The 1980s settings and the emphasis on verisimilitude create an excellent mood but the gloss fails to hide the incoherence in the script.
English is influential, but has limited reach; regional-language journalism can make a real impact which scares communal forces
My family’s silence on their experiences after Partition was not about repressing, but looking ahead.
There has always been a strange attraction between the socialists and the Sangh parivaar, and Nitish Kumar is no different.
BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s use of a Gujarat riot photo when talking about West Bengal tells us the party is beyond caring about truth and authenticity.
The rampant culture of viewing dissent as treachery and an opposing point of view as an act of war is deeply ingrained and when there are ‘left-liberals’ involved, it is immediately seen as anti-Modi.
Remakes of old films usually turn out to be duds, but this film deserves to be made again to tell a younger audience about a different kind of India
The Emergency, imposed 42 years ago this month, holds lessons for the Indian media.
For Paresh Rawal and his ilk, dissidents and other malcontents come in the way of India’s destiny of becoming a great nation
Moore was the quintessential stylish Englishman, always ready with a quip in his roles and in real life
Local politicians are engaged in a game of one-upmanship, wanting to change old names without any logic or understanding of history.
Celebrated writer Kiran Nagarkar talks about his books, dealing with censorship and the decline of his beloved Mumbai.
In India, the more powerful and well known a person, the more likely he or she will go out of their way to make pro-establishment comments.
Retired Air Marshal Anil Chopra is not like garden-variety trolls; he sits in judgment over others at the Armed Forces Tribunal.
The collected writings of archivist P.K. Nair reveal his passion for cinematic history.
In this video interview to The Wire, Krishen Khanna looks back on his evolution as a painter and recalls his compatriots from the Progressive Art Group in the 1940s and 1950s.
Three potential challengers in UP – Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati – proved no match for Narendra Modi’s relentless campaigning.
The Sangh brigade is trying every tactic to silence any view that opposes its agenda.
The election results show that Mumbai is changing – its demographics have altered and this has played a big role in the final numbers of both parties. The Sena’s Marathi manoos card is now as potent as it used to be.
What bearing will a loss in the assembly elections have on the BJP ? Narendra Modi’s position remains unassailable, but will Amit Shah be safe?
In Goras and Desis, economist Omkar Goswami shows how from even as far back as the 18th century, Indians collaborated with the British, creating enterprises for fruitful mercantile activity.
What do films produced during the run up to Nazi rule say about the mood in Germany at the time?
Global capital hurts people of colour the most, says the celebrated activist.
Why should a completely legal economic activity need the permission of an extra-constitutional bully like the MNS? And why is the state continuing to look the other way?
What set her apart was her genuine compassion and empathy for the poorest citizens of India.
Hiding behind the soldier allows the government to get away without answering any serious questions about the disastrous effects of demonetisation.
The small vendor and the trader have shown kindness towards fellow citizens, but there has been no empathy from the powers that be.
RIP, Leonard Cohen, the troubadour of lost souls and interpreter of our saddest moments