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Forest Act

Gojen Rabha was busy distilling chokho (rice beer) and humming a tune from a play he watched that afternoon in a forest, braving the December chill in Rampur, a village near Goalpara in Lower Assam…

Bibliomania Unbound

MOST OF US, including voracious readers, tend to think of books in utilitarian terms, nudging us either towards academic success or intellectual stimulation. In India, especially, there is little…

Everyone Loves a Good Serial Killer

I WOKE UP early this morning and it was almost as if he stood there in the room. The feeling of fear and dread in me was so palpable… It is strange to think that the reader of these words has no idea…

The Dyeing Art of India

THE village of Kongarappattu near Tindivanam in Tamil Nadu is one of those places where the past nearly slid down the sluice gates of development. We are here at the crack of dawn in search of a…

Populism and Storytelling

LAST WEEK in Goa, I was among those invited for the India Ideas Conclave, now in its fourth edition. Conceived and curated by Ram Madhav, BJP’s in-house philosopher, the event brings together an…

The Winning Ways of Modi

GUJARAT, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2017. The Assembly elections were as electrifying an event as rubber scorching the tarmac on the road to 2019. This was a fight for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state,…

Open Diary

BUENOS AIRES IS a very long way to travel for just three nights. It almost seems like travelling from one jet lag to another, with bouts of untimely and deeply unsatisfactory sleep. But short trips…

The Softer Savarkar

THE LIFE AND WORKS of VD Savarkar (1883- 1966) make for a contested terrain in the history of our Republic. His leadership of the Hindu Mahasabha from the late 1920s and his alleged role in the…

Subhas Chandra Bose’s Last Journey

When you enter the museum at Kolkata’s Netaji Bhawan, 38/2 Elgin Road, the first exhibit is a page from a diary. In it, Janakinath Bose records that his wife Prabhabati gave birth, on 23 January 1897…