‘Charisma’, as an idea, spans 2,000 years. Is there a link between contemporary charisma – considered a special form of authority – and the religious charisma of Paul the Apostle’s time?
Sreenath Sreenivasan has just been appointed chief digital officer of New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Tunku Varadarajan interviewed him – over WhatsApp – on what the job entails.
Richa Rikhy uses advanced techniques, such as animal culture of mutant flies and genetic engineering, to do marvellous things on the microscope.
Despite her popularity and her solidarity with the oppressed, the Left and the avant garde writers of West Bengal never really liked the celebrated author.
The second part of this podcast traces the efforts of a few people who are working hard to document, study and preserve rare Indian languages and dialects.
The writers behind the refurbished Star Trek franchise avoid the logical fallacies of time travel stories by seeking to alter the future but never the past.
Is the thought of a shared space so hard to imagine that the caste/class conscious privileged must ‘leave’ in order to make way?
In the do-it-yourself world of independent music in Pakistan, a musician is not just a man with a guitar slung around his shoulder
The Carnatic musician’s acceptance of the award for “social inclusiveness” is not only in contradiction with his own politics but could also compromise its credibility.
Making use of popular Bhojpuri folksongs, we enter into the rich social and gendered world of women; a world that was woven around sexuality and migration.
The experiences of those who were restricting from sharing information on Facebook offer insight into how social media giants act as a final arbiter of what is appropriate and what is not.
Many academics still operate under the flawed logic that good writing must be complex writing.
New Delhi: On a warm sultry Thursday evening, Kapashera, a locality buried deep in the heart of Gurgaon, suddenly began to throb with music. The area has a large cluster of working class residents, most of whom work as labourers in the garment industry. Many are from the nearby Maruti factory. […]
Monika Khangembam says she was harassed again when she returned to Delhi from Seoul.
Telling a simple moral tale without being preachy, Spielberg isn’t being ambitious and, hence, risking a lot. As a result, The BFG is a pleasant experience but not very remarkable or memorable.
No cause so lends itself to vast, horrific violence as Nationalism. The way he conducts his debates, and the fact that the channel Goswami runs is entirely moulded to a personality cult, all point to an unhappy state of affairs for India’s future.
A fierce controversy is raging in the Hindi literary world at the moment because the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts is celebrating his 89th birthday today by launching a series of programmes in his honour.
Citizen journalism and social media have changed the way international news is covered, but they are no substitute for the seasoned approach and well developed contacts of a skilled reporter.
In the Brahmanised world of Carnatic music, T.M. Krishna’s aesthetic challenges are the start of a transformation to a new, modern music that will dissolve the binary between high and low.
Human rights activist Bezwada Wilson and south Indian classical musician T.M. Krishna have been conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2016.
Many journalists in Pakistan, however, support the blackout. “Media is oxygen for militants,” said a former managing director of state-owned Pakistan Television, who declined to be named because of the nature of his new job.
While the Culture Ministry’s new ‘Outstanding’ category of artists puts stalwarts alongside young practitioners for festivals of India abroad, the ‘Promising’ section has organisations that call themselves NGOs.
Undoubtedly the most celebrated of the Indian Modernists, Raza’s work was one long meditation on being and nothingness.
“We can now expect some tit for tat for no rhyme or reason. If Indian scribes are turned out off China we too will lose our eyes and ears in that country. Not extending visas of journalists is a needless aggravation,” says Mohan Guruswamy.
The Bengali poet Bhaskar Chakraborty is not very well known to readers outside of Calcutta, a city that constantly enters and leaves his poems.
Don’t get hung up on Rajini’s superhero-isms; these are old grounds for someone who instituted the post-superhero tradition in which, corny as it was, it didn’t matter how the superhero flew but only why.
The gameplay of Pokémon Go recognises a wide array of art forms, including street art – both commissioned murals and illegal graffiti.
An excerpt from Maya Mirchandani’s chapter in More News Is Good News: Untold Stories From 25 Years of Television Journalism.
Sadanand Menon is one of the authors of a new collection of essays published by Aleph, “On Nationalism”.
A section of the national media in India has come under fire for misrepresenting the present situation in Kashmir and for portraying a false narrative.
Editors, publishers decide on resumption of printing after assurances from chief minister, district officials of non-interference
Artists and writers of Indian ancestry are offering new and often provocative points of view on yoga’s origins, its meanings, and its cultural work in a globalising world.
Own up to the ban, Kashmir’s journalists and newspapers owner tell the Mehbooba Mufti government
Despite a rich voice, Mubarak Begum remained underutilised in Hindi films.
Why the clampdown on newspapers in Kashmir is an unacceptable attack on media freedom.
A new book highlights India’s old and glorious recording history.
Indian origin actors are increasingly being picked for colour-blind roles in American films and television serials
With the closing of knitting factories, it’s becoming tougher for people with only this skill to survive.
George A. Grierson took 30 years to finish the ‘Linguistic Survey of India’, a monumental publication that documented 179 languages across diverse borders.
Mili Gazette had published a story saying the AYUSH ministry didn’t recruit Muslim yoga instructors, which the ministry later denied and said was based on forgeries.