The most striking thing about Thomas Keneally is how lightly he wears his genius. The author of the deadly serious and incredibly moving Schindler’s Ark (adapted by Steven Spielberg to screen as the multiple Oscar winning Schindler’s List) came out to Goa a few weeks ago. My friends Raj and Dipti Salgaocar hosted him at supper in Vasco. At drinks, under an autumnal sky of crystal clarity, a beautiful young lady invited him to dance. “Bollywood dancing,” she phrased it. He gamely agreed.0
The late Marxist historian DD Kosambi continues to wield tremendous influence on the study of Hinduism. But his disciples have disallowed any rational critique of the man and have zealously ignored the religion’s diversity
Once a Double Niner, always a Double Niner. So say soldiers of the 99th Field Regiment of the Indian Army, which was awarded the title ‘Sylhet’ for its gallantry in the 1971 War for the liberation of Bangladesh. First raised in Aurangabad as the 99th Mountain Composite Regiment (Towed) on 15 April 1964, it is remembered for its role in obtaining the surrender of Pakistani forces after a 25-day gun battle during the war. As this 20-minute documentary shows, the Double Niners were masters of tactical manoeuvres, a tradition they still try their utmost to uphold.
The Gujral Foundation’s decision to present two artists from India and Pakistan in its collateral show at the 56th Venice Biennale this year did seem like a risky proposition. Thankfully, it was the choice of artists that made the difference
Open lists a few parliamentarians who could take a tip or two from Nehru to revive Indian Parliament as an effective instrument of democracy—and to save the country from the brink of economic and political disaster