People  /  Published 05.04.22

If you have to understand Hinduism, you can’t do it through Hindutva: Devdutt Pattanaik

As for Hindutva, it’s a word that was invented in 1894 by a Bengali gentleman called Chandranath Basu. Before the 1890s, Hindutva didn’t exist, just as Hinduism didn’t exist semantic...
By Priyam Marik

Opinion  /  Published 13.03.22

Small mercies

It could have been worse. It’s hard to see how, when the sense of being trapped in one of A.K. Ramanujan’s variant Ramayanas — the one in which the asuras win rep...
By Mukul Kesavan

India  /  Published 05.02.22

NCERT chief with Ramayana focus

The government on Friday appointed Dinesh Prasad Saklani, a historian who has written and spoken extensively on the various aspects of the Ramayana, as director of the National Council of Educational ...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi

Culture  /  Published 04.11.21

Telling tales

The author is a writer with a day job in global policy ...
By Lopa Ghosh

Books  /  Published 26.08.21

Anand on retelling Indian mythology

Favourite mythological tale of all time: Ramayana Favourite mythologies of all time: Mahabharata Favourite films with mythology at the core: The old Tamil film of Thiruvilaiyadal, the tales of Shiva...
By Saionee Chakraborty


Opinion  /  Published 16.06.21

Time of blind faith in the age of reason

In the time of Covid, we all live in a state of heightened uncertainty and anguish. There are problems relating to our health that each of us must take care of. There are fears about the health of our...
By Anup Sinha

Books  /  Published 19.03.21

The Ramayana through law

The narrative device of a trial provides an astute means of highlighting the perspectives of these characters who often find themselves caught in divine machinations. For instance, both Ahalya —...
By Akshat Agarwal

Books  /  Published 01.02.21

Decoding Dharma and its dichotomy

Somewhere between asserting the importance of Cheteshwar Pujara’s slow 50s for India’s Test side and drawing a parallel between him and Yudhishtir’s Dharma, cult-favourite mythology ...
By Anannya Sarkar

India  /  Published 01.12.20

Ram, Bali and an FIR

Few doubt that Rabindranath Tagore could have been jailed as an “anti-national” in today’s India for calling nationalism “a great menace” that “has been at the bott...
By R. Balaji in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 15.11.20

Future of history: India’s past is threatened

In 1992, a provocative thesis was put forward by the Japanese-American political scientist, Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama. The book in which it was published had an enigmatic title: The End of Histo...
By G.N. Devy


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