An excerpt from Upinder Singh’s Political Violence in Ancient India, looking at various theories of state violence in ancient texts.
This week, the Time Machine looks at the mythology surrounding Durga and traditions of goddess worship.
Dhritarashtra’s embrace is one of the most interesting anecdotes from Indian folklore. Accepting any proposal from a powerful opponent, without properly examining it, is likened to risking one’s life.
The character of a German fascist in Borges’s work shares uncanny similarities with Nathuram Godse – both consider acts of bloodshed more honourable than inconsequential acts of apostolic service.
Gleick’s book’s charm lies in his stitching together the ideas of writers, philosophers and scientists as far apart in history as Lamb and Oates, Aristotle and Hume, Galileo and Bohr
Our epics teach us to discriminate against disabled people by portraying them negatively and telling us their condition is because of sins committed in past lives.
The amended law does a disservice both to the children who want to study but do not have the means, and to the state that owes its future to them.
The legendary Pakistani writer died on February 2, 2016, at the age of 92.
The idea that yoga could be simultaneously religious and not religious is less the magic of modern jurisprudence and more a keen perception of a fact that is very clear in yoga’s long history in India, from the ancient period to the present.
Some essential wisdom on the danger of taking scripture too literally.
The meaning of politics for Gandhi is the battleground itself, while truth is the reason we battle without arms, for truth is the possibility of an end to enmity.
A tale from the Mahabharat reminds us that the battles Teesta Setalvad is fighting are not about the Gujarat riots but about Rajdharma