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The Overcomers

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The other side of the Dalit story

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Dalit: The Overcomers

In Rajinikanth’s first appearance in the film Kabali, the superstar is seen reading My Father Balaiah written by Professor Satyanarayana, a retired academic from Telangana. The book tells of the…

The Captives of Kashmir

BURHAN WANI IS being described, in Indian and international media alike, as a ‘Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander’. The appellation of ‘commander’ rings with gravitas and carries connotations of…

She Who Must Not be Named

THERE IS A lot in a name. A lot more if the name is Jayalalithaa. It carries so much history—personal, cultural, and political—that it runs the risk of banalisation in an age where informality is…

Superheroes in a Karmic Battle

In the David and Goliath story from the Old Testament, David has become a symbol for an under-dog. Israelites fought with Philistines. On behalf of the Philistines. Goliath was the champion of the…

Penguin Odyssey 2016

IF EVER THERE were a mutation in the genes of penguins and they eventually became conscious beings and, as conscious beings, decided to write a history of their species, one of the chapters would be…

SH Raza (1922-2016): The Point Man

WHEN SYED HAIDAR RAZA died on 23 July, at the age of 94, it seemed as if the world was suddenly awash in the colours of early sunrises over the tropics and summer sunsets of Europe. Coral and topaz,…

Politics of Paranoia

BY NOW INDIANS have got used to the strange and incoherent rants of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. His personalised attacks on political rivals, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are…

Dealing with Death and Tradition

IT IS COMMON knowledge that the population of Parsis is rapidly dwindling. On 25 July, The Times of India had a news report detailing how the recently released figures of the 2011 Census showed that…

The Battle for Punjab

IN THE LAST seven years, Amrik Singh has lost his crop three times to inclement weather, unseasonal rain and drought. The gnarled face of this once prosperous farmer in Punjab’s Patiala district…

Manhood in the Age of the Beard

I AM USUALLY A NOUN, I can be a verb. I can cascade down in ribbons, be twirled to stand at attention, sculpted into twirls across visages, plaited and rubber-banded, dyed and gelled. I like to feel…