The Emergency, imposed 42 years ago this month, holds lessons for the Indian media.
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 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?
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.
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
An eye witness account of a brutal killing of a Sikh after Indira Gandhi’s assassination 32 years ago
Corporate control of the media is one reason given for the way the Indian media behaves, but that cannot be the full story
It is easy to criticise the filmmaker, but with barely any support from within the industry and the threat of violence, there was little else he could do
We’re told not to ask questions about the surgical strikes, that it is the time of national unity. But blind acceptance of authority is a hallmark of a dictatorship, not a democracy.
The media is supposed to question those in power, not happily go along with the official narrative.
Babasaheb Ambedkar’s grandson says Dalits have now got together for a fight to the finish with the forces that want to subjugate them
Political parties have invoked ‘religious sentiment’ and have criticised the courts for interfering in tradition by imposing restrictions on the height of human pyramids for dahi handis.
There is more than just cynical commercial calculations at play: filmmakers appear to be not just pandering to changing audience tastes here but also trimming their sails to keep with the nationalist exhortations of the establishment.
Any concilatory outreach to Muslims by Narendra Modi could anger the Sangh faithful
Despite a rich voice, Mubarak Begum remained underutilised in Hindi films.
A new book highlights India’s old and glorious recording history.
Women customers are made to jump through hoops to get any work done at a bank – all in the name of ‘RBI rules’.
Construction in Bhendi Bazaar is going on in full swing to completely wipe out old structures and replace them with dazzling new skyscrapers
As Mumbai Port Trust goes into aggressive overdrive to reclaim its properties, thousands worry they may soon be without a home
To ensure its growth, the Shiv Sena must ask itself some big questions.
Are our filmstars, sportspersons or industrialists unintelligent or unaware of what is going on in the country?
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