The seeds planted during Partition have borne deadly fruit for decades, and show no signs of dying out. Hajari’s account of the seminal period from 1946 to 1948 is redolent with resonances when read today.
Just as the US does not fully understand the complexity of the region, China’s leaders are neglecting how this complexity will necessarily limit their power, and probably inspire resistance that diminishes Chinese power overall
Two recent books on the Chinese absorption of Tibet have received little attention in India although they have interesting revelations to make on the recent history of the region
An account of Indian television that is overly influenced by big industry players like Star.
1. Lingering doubts over growth stats The controversy that started with the release of the new series of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) about six months back refuses to die down. While many critics have noted the fact that the new, higher growth rate is not consistent with other underlying […]
New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah shouted at the then RAW Chief A S Dulat for “hours together” during their meeting after the erstwhile BJP-led government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to release three hardcore militants in exchange for the freedom of the passengers of the […]
A sense of solidarity between ruler and administration was being sought, and one imagines that Ashoka’s message was necessitated by problems specific to Kalinga.
An extract from ‘Memories of a Father’, a book by T.V. Eachara Warrier, a professor of Hindi in Kerala whose son disappeared after being arrested during the Emergency
The powerful Indian Prime Minister brought ‘poverty’ centre-stage, but her rule was responsible for setting off the decline of institutions
Rajeev Sharma has received hate mail too but believes those who sent him such messages ‘cannot belong to any religion, because no religion in the world is opposed to peace’
For those of us who have grown up in the Ahmedabad before the collapse of the mills, before the advent of the nouveau riche who now guide or bully the city, Amrita Shah’s lyrical book only reflects the changing tides of the last four decades.
Some of the hostile reaction to ‘Poetry of the Taliban’ makes it clear that any attempt to humanize the militant is likely to be condemned as a way of “sympathising” with his cause.
With Flood of Fire Amitav Ghosh brings a historical saga to a purposeful close
The first time Amitav Ghosh and Shivshankar Menon shared a platform was when they wrote pieces for the launch of The Wire. On Wednesday, they came together to discuss Ghosh’s Flood of Fire before a packed audience in Delhi.
Compared to north Indian states, Kerala and Tamil Nadu aren’t growing much faster than others. They are growing just as well as others but with fewer babies.
When the President promulgates an ordinance, he or she exercises intermediate legislative power. Ordinances lack the qualities that give Acts of Parliament elevated status. Returning an ordinance repeatedly may well be justified.
Samaddar’s thesis that care must extend beyond individual and family to state and society is extremely significant for there will be a considerable percentage of older people suffering from various forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.
Seven days after Krishna died, one of my friends paid me a condolence visit. After the customary inquiries she said, “After all, is it not better that Krishnadi died, she was suffering so much?” I protested.
If ‘you haven’t heard of Nambisan’s name before, it’s because unlike some of us, Vijay never learnt to attend the right literature festivals, make the right noises and kiss the right asses.
Dilip Hiro’s new book is highly readable and entertaining but it only reinforces, rather than adds to, the prevailing wisdom about the state of India-Pakistan relations.
The photos provide a fascinating glimpse into the quotidian lives of the Chinese people, a far cry from the shining glass towers of the cities that have come up in the last few decades
My freedom, says Abdul Qaqyyum was half justice. ‘Did the Swaminarayan people, and other Hindus who died in the Akshardham attack, get justice? The Crime Branch has also betrayed them’.
In 1927, Syed Mujtaba Ali, a graduate of the newly established university in Shantiniketan, travelled to Afghanistan to take up a teaching job.