The Centre for Women’s Development Studies’ 2018 calendar revolves around two women members of the constituent assembly – Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
Even those of us who find global inequality troubling hesitate to raise the subject of rationing, but George Orwell did and his response could be more instructive than ever.
The delay had prompted the Supreme Court in April 2017 to pass an extraordinary order to expedite the trial and deliver the judgment “within a period of two years”.
An excerpt from Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy about Ambedkar’s analysis of the affinities of Buddhism with democracy that led to his conversion.
Is it dharma to oust someone from their holy place?
We need to ask why the Rajputs of Rajasthan and Gujarat did not protest a series of Hindi films on their history made since the 1950s, but now protest every single film they believe usurps their monopoly.
The period of VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism by becoming an active participant in furthering intolerance.
At a time when most of the medieval world was laid waste by the brutality of the Mongol armies, Khilji kept India – and its culture and civilisation – safe from the scourge.
The ramifications of dynastic succession go beyond electoral politics. They form the core of India’s political culture.
We may be losing out by not encouraging our students to learn or conduct their research in their mother tongues. However, there are reasons displacing English as our preferred language would be disastrous.
In studying the Sangh parivar for my film, I encountered the disciplined manner in which the December 6, 1992 operation was planned.
The well-planned destruction of the Babri Masjid 25 years ago was a dress rehearsal for further acts of vandalism that are in store. No wonder the assault on witnesses like photographers and smashing of their cameras felt like a ‘blinding of the nation’.
Within the Valley, the reforms caused a social transformation that has few parallels.
The police standing guard did not move from their place, as if they had been ordered to remain mute spectators.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani speaks to Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, senior associate editor of Frontline, and Ruchira Gupta, professor at New York University, who were both in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Journalists who covered the demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago recollect assaults on them, anti-Muslim slogans raised by top BJP leaders and the failure of the administration to act on the spot.
An excerpt from Krishna Jha and Dhirendra K. Jha’s Ayodhya – The Dark Night that uncovers the story of how the mosque had turned into a temple overnight.
During a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism, Khan called the massacre one of the most horrific events in Indian history.
To examine the diverse engagements of Muslim groups with postcolonial political realities, one has to give up the Babri Masjid-centric grand narrative of Islam in India.
“I know I might not achieve much in the end, but I have come this far, I can’t give up now.”
At an event organised by The Wire, journalists who reported on the Babri Masjid demolition 25 years ago talked about their experiences, from having their equipment broken to being sexually assaulted.
“Though the riots are in the past, they have left a mark. People have moved on but after the series of mob lynchings, there is fear once again.”
As the news from Ayodhya throws a newsroom into turmoil, an editor uses his pen like a chisel. We reproduce here the much-acclaimed story Blue Pencil by N.S Madhavan, translated from Malayalam by the author himself.
As the Ayodhya agitation gained ground, non-BJP parties were too busy with their electoral concerns to notice its significance.
Jagan Nath Azad’s poems condemning the demolition of the mosque say that the event tore apart India’s secular culture, one shaped through centuries of assimilation.
The founding fathers of our constitution envisaged an egalitarian society based on justice, equality, liberty and secularism. Does contemporary reality reflect these values?
The stories of two physicists, and how they regarded the use of nuclear weapons to protect their loved ones, have something to offer our era of trigger-happy presidents and isolated dictators.
Hernando Colón’s bibliomania took him back and forth across Europe for three decades.
The ‘India and the World: A History Through Nine Stories’ exhibition narrates a global history of transcultural exchange and co-belonging in the day and age of fastidious nationalism.
We need to remind ourselves of the continuing relevance of this master storyteller and humanist par excellence whose presence in our midst is perhaps more needed than ever before.
Centuries ago, Jerusalem’s Muslim families were entrusted with the duty of opening and closing the church doors, a task they perform to this day.
In ‘Delhi’s Qutb Complex’, Catherine B. Asher goes beyond Mehrauli and Delhi to look at the afterlife of the iconic tower that is the Qutb Minar.
A new investigation has found that two Harappan sites occupied a valley in which the river Sutlej used to flow before it shifted course 8,000 years ago, putting a dent in some theories about the river Saraswati.
Other than making grand speeches, Periyar did nothing substantial towards the annihilation of castes.
Where can one find Ambedkar? Does it make sense to look for him in the hallowed grounds of academia or in political ideologues?
T.C.A. Raghavan’s The People Next Door is written with deep personal knowledge and a genuine investment in the India-Pakistan relationship.
The Emergency may be the most controversial part of her legacy but Mrs Gandhi’s greatest contribution to India was the way she handled the economic, political and foreign policy challenges the country faced after 1966.
During the Second World War, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests – and kept it a secret.
In the early 1950s, urban social life in the Soviet Union was constrained, with few opportunities for young people to meet and date. But that changed after Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit in 1955.
An ancient epic poem recounts the ‘Indian war’ of Dionysus.