Books  /  Published 17.07.20

An enigma on screen and a hero off screen

For much of the Sixties, Rajendra Kumar strode the Hindi film world like a colossus. Therefore, it is surprising that not much has been written about the man whose film career lasted close to 45 years...
By Devdan Mitra

People  /  Published 02.03.19

A life worthy of a biography

At a time when race, religion, colour, caste, gender and nationality are so important in defining a person’s identity, the life of Freda Bedi, who broke glass ceilings and crossed boundaries at ever...
By Sajeda Momin

Books  /  Published 26.03.20

Presenting V.P. Menon through the sparkle of embellishment

In sync with the SoPs of political biographies, which are being churned out at a fast pace and launched at glamorous events, the author diligently goes through with the de rigueur recycling compulsion...
By Tuktuk Ghosh

Opinion  /  Published 23.12.19

What the Assam protests mean

Some Indian liberals seem to be rather dismissive about the huge civilian protests against the citizenship amendment bill, now Citizenship Amendment Act, in Assam. They maintain that the people of Ass...
By N.P. Ashley

Books  /  Published 13.12.19

A journal from the Partition of India

Faiz Ahmed Faiz reflects in “Subh-e-Azadi”, written in August, 1947, “Ye dagh dagh ujala, ye shab-gazida sahar,/ Vo intezar tha jis-ka, ye vo sahar toh nahin”. These lines as translated by Vic...
By Jhuma Sanyal


India  /  Published 20.12.18

Pakistan joust over Jinnah House

The government has decided to convert Jinnah House — the mute witness to Partition talks — in Mumbai into a Hyderabad House-like facility that will give the external affairs ministry a prominent a...
By Anita Joshua in New Delhi

Arts  /  Published 05.11.18

Prithviraj Kapoor's Deewar rises from the ashes

The metaphor is hardly subtle. But unlike the bulk of partition literature this play was not a post-fact lament – it was a warning against the tragedy that would unfold two years later with the crea...
By Pragya Tiwari

Opinion  /  Published 13.07.19

1922: A Bauhaus exhibition and Tagore's inspiration behind it

Pitch parallelThe favourite of the Tory leadership, Boris Johnson, has compared himself to the English all-rounder, Ian Botham, thereby poking fun at Prime Minister Theresa May who had famously likene...
By Amit Roy

Opinion  /  Published 12.03.20

Lessons from a dark legacy

Seventy-five years ago, the Red Army liberated the most efficient and devastating death machine that the human mind has ever invented — the Auschwitz concentration camp. Over one million people were...
By Martin Kämpchen

Opinion  /  Published 07.05.19

The search for an ideal society

After Arun Jaitley did not extend his term as governor of the Reserve Bank of India in 2016, Raghuram Rajan went back to his chair in Chicago and resumed teaching. He is a remarkably articulate econom...
By Ashok V. Desai


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