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Firangi Movie Review

This is a story of pre-partitioned Punjab, when community life in a village was without prejudice. The rancour of displacement, a sense of resentment that simmered for years after 1947, is missing.…

A Vandalised Civilisation

VS NAIPAUL WAS among the earliest to pronounce the widespread prevalence of Mughal-era structures throughout north India—many built on the ruins of earlier Hindu religious structures—as an indication…

The Hindu Inflexion

EVEN THE PASSAGE of 25 years hasn’t succeeded in eroding my memory of that day. I even remember the time: 3.45 pm on December 6th, 1992, when the first dome of the contentious shrine crumbled in a…

Imagining the Idea of Indianness in Hindi cinema

I SAID I WOULD not dare to speak on Satyajit Ray in Kolkata, the city in which he lived and which many of us know through his work. I reiterated that I wouldn’t be comfortable to work on Ray, given…

Mumbai Notebook

ALMOST A DECADE ago, a group of prominent citizens of Mumbai came to me and said, “Isn’t a literary festival in Mumbai a good idea?” Of course, I said, it’s something that must happen. I wasn’t…

Indraprastha

ONLY A FEW days before he got called back from virtual retirement to head one of the more iconic bodies in Lutyens’ Delhi, he had been rather harsh on Indian economists working with Western academic…

Mark Tully: The Witness

SIR MARK TULLY is as sprightly as ever. He had been unwell recently, but has recovered, exuding a warmth and happiness that is rather contagious. He settles down in his chair with the caveat that 25…

Kameshwar Chaupal: The First Kar Sevak

IN 1993, AFTER THE Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party came together in Uttar Pradesh, a slogan floated to celebrate that alliance did not come as a surprise to the Sangh Parivar. A state where…

In the Name of Rama

The Excavator: BB Lal IN the 1970s, when archaeologist BB Lal and his team started digging near the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, he had little idea of a mass movement brewing over a dispute that would…