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Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

22 September, 2021 Pallava Bagla

Not just scientific facts and concepts, Pulakkat weaves in anecdotal stories of the doyens of modern Indian science. Tales of their struggles make this a valuable book.

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

22 September, 2021 Priya K. Nair

In this shape-shifting novel with a gallery of characters who don’t fit in fully, old certitudes like identity and nationalism are revealed to be in a flux


Crouching Tigers

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

15 September, 2021 Vappala Balachandran

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.


Eastern Disturbances

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters

02 September, 2021

Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

Bhaskar Roy

In a narrative arc sweeping from Tsarist and revolutionary Russia to New York émigrés in 2020 and a boy and his fantastical elephant, Pickering connects the picaresque with post-truth


26 August, 2021

Algorithms Of Eternity

Anjana Basu

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed


26 August, 2021

Deception: The Face Value

Dammu Ravi

This survey of how India and China conduct its diplomatic manouevres charts the early days of Indian naivety to the gradual maturing of a hardened realpolitik


19 August, 2021

Characters In Mandarin

P.S. Raghavan

Bajpai takes a wide-angle lens to India-China ties, examining power imbalance, mutual suspicion and the US’ role in it. Kewalramani studies growing Chinese ambition through the prism of its fight against Covid-19.


04 August, 2021

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

Nonica Datta

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age


04 August, 2021

Call Them Geniuses

Anjana Basu

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance


28 July, 2021

Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel Is A Journey Across Time And Countries

Bhaskar Roy

Through a narrator cut adrift in a nameless Italian town, Jhumpa Lahiri approaches her old concerns from a fresh angle


21 July, 2021

No Land’s People Is An Important Document On Assam’s NRC Mess

M. Reyaz

This book, while depicting the pain and suffering of those left out of Assam’s NRC, establishes official arguments and figures as fallacious


14 July, 2021

MJ Akbar’s Twin Biography Of Gandhi And Jinnah Busts A Few Myths

A. Surya Prakash

This scorchingly honest twin biography of Gandhi and Jinnah focuses on the endgame at the autumn of British rule that led to Partition’s bloodletting. In doing so, it explodes a few myths.


07 July, 2021

Poem A Day: Gulzar’s Epic Is A Tribute To Poets In Indian Languages

Rakhshanda Jalil

Gulzar’s anthology of poems from across the sub-continent is a masterclass of translation as extension of exquisite sensibility


30 June, 2021

Emergency And Its Eager Converts

Shajahan Madampat

Vidhu Vincent’s nuanced graphic memoir on the Emergency examines that nadir of political practice through its warm, puzzling embrace in Kerala and the rebels who dared to say nay


24 June, 2021

That Unholy Cleave

Dammu Ravi

A former diplomat sweeps through Bengal’s history to narrate the story of its Partition, which she deems was avoidable


17 June, 2021

The Making Of Hell

Naseer Ganai

A gut-wrenching memoir of the ’90s recalls Kashmir’s descent into daily tragedies


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Caste Your Vote: Why A Caste Census Could Radically Change India’s Political Map

Opposition parties unite for implementation of a long-standing demand. Will the Modi Government bite the bullet?

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A Tulsi Plant, Unworn Sandals, A Mat, Brooms…Hathras Memories In A Post-Truth World

There is no need to contextualise Hathras. It is a standalone story. A warning, a trigger, a tragedy.

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A Tulsi Plant, Unworn Sandals, A Mat, Brooms…Hathras Memories In A Post-Truth World

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Congress Bowls A Caste Googly: A Dalit Sikh As Chief Minister Of Punjab Ahead Of State Polls

A Dalit Sikh CM from the neglected Puad region is a smart move, queering the pitch for the grand old party’s rivals.

Amandeep Sandhu
Congress Bowls A Caste Googly: A Dalit Sikh As Chief Minister Of Punjab Ahead Of State Polls

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Congress Bowls A Caste Googly: A Dalit Sikh As Chief Minister Of Punjab Ahead Of State Polls

A Dalit Sikh CM from the neglected Puad region is a smart move, queering the pitch for the grand old party’s rivals.

Oct 04, 2021 Amandeep Sandhu

Smoke And Mirrors: Smog Towers To Clean Up Dirty Air Is A Polluted Idea

The concept of vacuuming air in the open is not a practical solution to combat air pollution.

Oct 04, 2021 Dr. Sarath Guttikunda

Policymakers Must Consider The Many Upsides Of Caste Census

A comprehensive count can be helpful in deciding categorical revisions and inclusion/exclusion of castes/communities in deciding reservations and redistributive policies on a scientific basis.

Oct 04, 2021 Khalid Anis Ansari

There Is A Method To The Madness In Opposition’s Demand For A Caste Census

Non-BJP parties hoping to stall the massive shift of OBCs towards the Hindutva brigade. But there are gains too for the BJP if it plays its cards well.

Oct 04, 2021 Sajjan Kumar