The Karnataka government had banned her book in 1998, two years after its publication.
The bench was hearing an appeal against the ban on Kannada book Basava Vachana Deepthi by scholar, mystic and writer Mate Mahadevi.
Extracts from Is That Even a Country, Sir!
In All the worlds between, an enaction of a collaboration between sets of Indian and Irish poets results in an interplay of themes that we may have never considered we shared.
The Indian Air Force, then less than 10 years old, was in the process of helping the British Royal Air Force in suppressing the Pashtuns…
Karthik Shashidhar’s ‘Between the Buyer and the Seller’ lacks depth and force-fits simplistic versions of theories to complex real-life situations.
Where India Goes is essential reading not only for policy-makers and development professionals, but for anyone interested in the paradoxes of development in the early 21st century.
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd’s terming of upper-caste traders as ‘smugglers’ who do not have any empathy for the lower-caste poor has not gone down well with the Arya Vysyas of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The most striking aspect of Wilderness Tales from Similipal is a vivid picture of the forests that Satyesh Naik weaves through his words, so charming that you’re left wanting to visit a forest right away.
Without understanding the context of words such as Wahhabi, Salafi and Takfiri, reportage on Islamic militancy may obscure more than it reveals.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London’s Guildhall.
An excerpt from Revolutionary Passions shows that Bhagat Singh – who the Hindu Right tends to project as an antidote to the Congress and Gandhi – not only had close relations with Congress leaders, but was also critical of Hinduism.
If we are to find our way out of the dystopia we inhabit, we must look to other imaginings. Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World have drawn for us only a canvas of despair.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of the political past that are relevant today.
Indian historical fiction comes into its own with Devi Yesodharan’s Empire, a gripping novel of war, intrigue and adventure set in the 11th century Chola empire.
Eric Hobsbawm’s autobiography, Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life, is a vast treasure house of memories and provides a look into the past and the events that have shaped the world of today.
In the first episode of a new series, Wide Angle, Maya Mirchandani interviews former foreign secretary Shyam Saran on his new book.
In Kingfizzer: The Rise and Fall of Vijay Mallya, Kingshuk Nag tries to shed light on Mallya’s personality and the role it played in his decline.
Through Swarga, Ambikasutan Mangad sheds light on human suffering, compassion, entrenched politics and structural power that environmental movements and activists fight against.
Vineet Bajpai’s Harappa: Curse of the Blood River is a well-paced book with parts that point towards a potential Bollywood masala movie.
Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is welcome at a time when words such as ‘secularism’ and ‘reservation’ are becoming unwelcome, but the astute storytelling you’d expect is sadly missing.
In ‘Why Gandhi Still Matters’, Rajmohan Gandhi helps us understand the Mahatma’s legacy and analyses his ideas of ahimsa, Hindu-Muslim unity as well as his changing stand on the issue of caste.
“The ban on The Adivasi Will Not Dance is not only deplorable in itself but also adds to a series of dangerous precedents of books being banned on flimsy grounds in India.”
Create, Copy, Disrupt: India’s Intellectual Property Dilemmas is well-researched and easy to read, especially for a non-legal audience.
‘Hum Vehshi Hain’ is a humanist response to the trauma and tragedy of 1947, and presents points of view of various characters across class, gender and ideology in colonial India.
Historian Arjun Dev, editor of the manuscript, has said the government institution is unhappy that the book details the counter-productive role Hindutva groups played in the freedom struggle.
An extract from Paulo Lemos Horta’s ‘Marvellous Thieves: Secret Authors of the Arabian Nights’, documenting how the ‘Thousand and One Nights’ came to be.
Sugata Bose, professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University, author and TMC MP discusses with The Wire his latest book The Nation as Mother and Other Visions of Nationhood.
If the people or government of Jharkhand disagree with Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s book, they should fight it with their own books and ideas, not with bans and burnings.
In conversation with Priyanka Pathak-Narain, the author of ‘Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev’, about Ramdev’s rags-to-riches story, the recent injunction on her book and more.
Yashpal’s two-volume Jhutha Sach, which revolves around two key moments that directly shape Partition, closely connects history and fictional narrative.
Essays on how Chughtai was perceived show how impossible it was to ignore her, and how her work had the power to capture the reality she witnessed.
Labelled as “the legendary dictionary of British India,” Hobson-Jobson reflects the idiosyncrasies of both the coloniser and the colonised, and the growing unrest among an educated and outspoken native Indian middle-class, particularly in the 1870s.
An excerpt from Somendranath Bandyopadhyay’s My Days with Ramkinkar Baij where the sculptor and painter shares with the author his experience of sculpting the Yaksha-Yakshi statues that stand outside the central bank in New Delhi.
Diksha Basu, the author of The Windfall, talks about her acting career, her time in Columbia University and the decision to write about India.
Hussein’s The Weary Generations, a quintessential partition novel, is till date an accurate account depicting Pakistan’s condition and contradictions.
An excerpt from ‘Inheriting the Hamam Dasta and its Stories,’ a chapter by Maya Mirchandani in ‘Looking Back: the 1947 Partition, 70 Years On’.
The 13 titles vying for the literary award showcase a diverse approach to South Asian narratives.
An excerpt from Unbordered Memories: Sindhi Stories of Partition, edited and translated by Rita Kothari.
Author Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar had earlier said he was facing intense online abuse, and a group of Adivasis had taken out a protest against him, burning his effigy and books.