An exclusive extract from Kajri Jain’s book, ‘Gods In The Time Of Democracy’
New book throws light on the time when Nehru and Rajendra Prasad tackled growing concerns over ‘anti-India’ activities of missionaries
The stories behind some of the most iconic photographs by Prashant Panjiar.
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.
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.
Polarisation—grimy, often tugging at base prejudices—is the political challenger’s final resort before elections, argues psephologist Pradeep Gupta in his new book. Excerpts:
The story of Indian languages has been the story of miscegenation, of the mixing of language blood-groups
The threat of Hindi imposition, the failed three-language formula, a perceived, deeper design and a likely solution
A gripping, behind-the scenes account of political machination and high intrigue. The objective: power in Maharashtra
Indic religions, including Hinduism, privileged the male over the female in their quest for liberation. Sabarimala, its layered history steeped in inclusion, typifies this.
Not just by shrewd manipulation or by force of superior arms, the East India Company’s empire was erected by the expert harnessing of the strings of an oceanic Indian credit
The late Delhi CM on why she took the Nirbhaya blame on the chin
In an extract from a novel, taken from an anthology published on this centenary year of the Jallianwala massacre, Mulk Raj Anand sketches the tense, rumour-filled, febrile atmosphere in Amritsar, and the epiphanic glow of a boy’s patriotism
Most of the criticism of EVMs appears to stem from a knee-jerk mistrust of technology. The authors have studied and analysed EVMs across India first-hand for years, ever since they were first introduced; and feel completely confident that they are tamper- and hack-proof, and cite their reasons for it.
The disenfranchisement of women voters is hopefully a result of mere inefficiency, not quite in the same league as the ‘dark arts’ of voter suppression around the world. However, it is a deeply worrying phenomenon of our electoral system.
India’s pioneering psephologists slice through the clutter with some revelations: women voter turnout will be higher than men in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
To emphasise how important the male vote is to the NDA: if no women, only men had voted in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA would have won by an enormous landslide with 376 seats. However, if no men, only women had voted, the NDA would have won 265 seats—which would have been seven seats short of the majority mark.
Education, labour, healthcare, credit...A Rural Manifesto ponders over all these. In this extract, it focuses on the human and ecological costs of those vaunted ‘temples’—dams.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.