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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.
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?
If there is anything that the Jonathan Jones review of Khakhar shows us, it is that we in India do not have high quality art reviewing and critiquing.
The boxer’s only visit to India showed not just his wit but also his humanity
Tanmay Bhat’s video making fun of Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar is being used by politicians with an eye on the elections
The minutiae of the results – vote shares, percentages, swings and constituency-wise analysis will follow, but till then, here are six major lessons to draw from the results.
Girl-gone-bad, villains and comedians are among those who picked up a glass of liquor; no one in Hindi films drinks just for leisure
Those who claim that India is the product of just one religion and culture would do well to read Sunil Khilnani’s eclectic selection of fifty lives who show that India has always absorbed myriad influences, says Sidharth Bhatia.
Amitabh Bachchan strides like a colossus in our collective consciousness, any allegations of wrongdoings or indiscretions quietly forgotten.
The Left has always set greater store by Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party than Mayawati and the emergence of Dalit politics. If it wants to deepen its influence, it will have to think afresh about caste and class.
A detailed and entertaining biography of John le Carre that draws out interesting parallels between his life and his much loved spy novels
Patriotism, Manoj Kumar style, was on the whole much more emotional and gentle
Even before the full extent of the mischief with the videos was known, it was fairly clear that nothing that Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid were alleged to have done amounted to sedition in any way. Then why were they chosen?
Why is the government being so reckless? Is the BJP so desperate that it is trying to make political capital at the expense of a small bunch of students? Or is there a bigger plan in motion?
Republicanism, despite its flaws, is embedded in the ethos of both India and France
Newspaper editorials can criticise, but Kiku Sharda ridiculed a so-called godman, and this his political supporters could not tolerate