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An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

An Elephantine Problem Laid Out In Stark Reality

13 October, 2021 Ananda Banerjee

People see elephant conservation in isolation. Sanjeev Kumar Chadha’s data rich book explains the challenges posed by human-elephant conflict and fragmentation of corridors and provides solutions.

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

13 October, 2021 P.A. Krishnan

In this concluding volume of his sympathetic biography of the RSS icon, Vikram Sampath focuses on the Hindu Mahasabha’s role in the freedom movement and the Gandhi murder trial.


Freeze Frames: A Wanted Dacoit, A Fading Dhrupad Legend And Smouldering Ayodhya

The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.

Chronicler With A  Movie Camera

Chronicler With A Movie Camera

06 October, 2021 Alka Acharya

Romila Thapar’s account of a 1957 journey to ancient Buddhist sites in China, across swathes of Silk Route territory and modern cities, comprises both visitor’s gaze and historian’s introspection. The result is time travel with a continually shifting lens.


How The Past Speaks

An itinerant, evocative tour of archaeological sites attempts, through astute reflection, to reshape the idea of India

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29 September, 2021

Not Their Land: A Lesson In Raj Chicanery

Manu S. Pillai

In this excerpt from his new book, Manu S. Pillai recounts how the British, through deceit and ill will, tried to unseat the ruler of Baroda. When their plot was picked apart by the maharaja’s British lawyer, they fell back on outright racism to have their way.


22 September, 2021

Hari Pulakkat’s Brilliant Book Weaves In Anecdotal Stories About Doyens Of Modern Indian Science

Pallava Bagla

Not just scientific facts and concepts, Pulakkat weaves in anecdotal stories of the doyens of modern Indian science. Tales of their struggles make this a valuable book.


22 September, 2021

A Shape-Shifting Novel Which Reveals Identity And Nationalism To Be In A Flux

Priya K. Nair

In this shape-shifting novel with a gallery of characters who don’t fit in fully, old certitudes like identity and nationalism are revealed to be in a flux


16 September, 2021

Crouching Tigers

Ghee Bowman

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.


15 September, 2021

Cracked Hall Of Mirrors

Vappala Balachandran

This book presents a wealth of detail, digging deep into the murky crypts of the RAW and ISI. In the final analysis, it’s inauthentic and unconvincing.


08 September, 2021

Eastern Disturbances

Mani Shankar Aiyar

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters


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02 September, 2021

Author Paul Pickering’s Elephant: Felt With A Trunk

Bhaskar Roy

In a narrative arc sweeping from Tsarist and revolutionary Russia to New York émigrés in 2020 and a boy and his fantastical elephant, Pickering connects the picaresque with post-truth


26 August, 2021

Algorithms Of Eternity

Anjana Basu

Boston fratboys, coding, start-up spiritual dreams and social media obsession—Tahmima Anam gets up to speed


26 August, 2021

Deception: The Face Value

Dammu Ravi

This survey of how India and China conduct its diplomatic manouevres charts the early days of Indian naivety to the gradual maturing of a hardened realpolitik


19 August, 2021

Characters In Mandarin

P.S. Raghavan

Bajpai takes a wide-angle lens to India-China ties, examining power imbalance, mutual suspicion and the US’ role in it. Kewalramani studies growing Chinese ambition through the prism of its fight against Covid-19.


04 August, 2021

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

Nonica Datta

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age


04 August, 2021

Call Them Geniuses

Anjana Basu

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance


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28 July, 2021

Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Novel Is A Journey Across Time And Countries

Bhaskar Roy

Through a narrator cut adrift in a nameless Italian town, Jhumpa Lahiri approaches her old concerns from a fresh angle


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Hotel guests stand on the roof of Lemon Tree hotel, as the hotel gets flooded with the waters from an overflowing Kosi River in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand state. More than 20 people have died and many are...

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This photograph provided by India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state. More than 20 people have died and many are...

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This photograph provided by India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF soldiers rescue people stranded in floodwaters in Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand state. More than 20 people have died and many are...

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Muslims pelt stones at policemen during clashes following an Eid-e-Milad un Nabi procession, in Jabalpur.

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Migrant workers arriving from J&K wait at a railway station to board a train for their native places, in Amritsar. Many of migrant workers are leaving the Kashmir Valley after a series of attacks on them.

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This Election Season In UP, Lakhimpur Kheri Is The New Political Battlefield

The Opposition is hoping for a rich election harvest in Uttar Pradesh but Lucknow appears to be a long way from the killing fields.

Profile

The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together

The former Delhi Police employee has also emerged as the go-to man for the authorities to reach out to the agitating farmers.

Vikas Pathak
The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together

Kashmir/Violence

Kashmir Minority Killings A Throwback To The Terrifying 90s

Outwardly peaceful, Kashmir has seen a spate of civilian killings in recent weeks. A silent unease has now exploded into fear and concern after the shooting of minorities.

Naseer Ganai
Kashmir Minority Killings A Throwback To The Terrifying 90s

Opinion

An Unfolding Dalit Movement In Tamil Nadu Has Escaped Nation’s Attention

Poet and activist Meena Kandasamy visits ground zero of the grassroots movement down South to understand the caste divide in the state.

Oct 25, 2021 Meena Kandasamy

India’s Archaic And Draconian Drug Laws Do More Harm Than Good

Our government must follow examples of other countries with liberal views on personal use of drugs.

Oct 25, 2021 Ronny Sen

India Needs A Caste Census To Know Where The Marginalised Stand In The Development Index

The aim of a caste census is not to know the numerical strength of a caste. Rather, it would reveal social inequalities for possible remedial measures.

Oct 25, 2021 Thallapelli Praveen

Mofussil Reporters Play A Crucial Role In The News Cycle But Do You Know Any Of Them?

The death of journalist Raman Kashyap at Lakhimpur Kheri throws into sharp relief the condition of local reporters incessantly feeding ‘breaking news’ to the ever-demanding maw of the national media from India’s hinterland.

Oct 25, 2021 Umesh Kumar Ray