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1906, 2021

Taking the South Seriously, The Telegraph

By |June 19th, 2021|Categories: History, Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have recently been revisiting Walter Crocker’s 1966 book, Nehru: A Contemporary’s Estimate. This book remains the best single-volume study of the life and legacy of India’s first prime minister, and it says many interesting [...]

705, 2021

The Bookseller of Bangalore, Scroll.in

By |May 7th, 2021|Categories: Biography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Shortly before T. S. Shanbhag shuttered his Premier Bookshop in 2009, Asha Ghosh and Kathleen Dargis made a short film about him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLxYuoWKhA0). The film was dedicated to the photographer Raghav Shreyas, who died tragically [...]

2703, 2021

The Opening and Closing of the Hindu Mind, The Telegraph

By |March 27th, 2021|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

“What am I? Asiatic, European, or American? I feel a curious medley of personalities in me.” — Swami Vivekananda In 1873, the social reformer, Jyotirao Phule, published a searing critique of the caste system. Entitled [...]

1303, 2021

Where the Hard Right Meets the Hard Left, The Telegraph

By |March 13th, 2021|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Biography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

I have been reading the memoirs of Dora Russell, a pioneering British feminist and educationist. These were published in three volumes, of which I have just finished the first. This covers her upbringing in Edwardian [...]

1602, 2021

Why Modi and Shah Fear Young Activists, NDTV.com

By |February 16th, 2021|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why would the Indian state arrest a twenty-one-year-old woman activist who seeks a cleaner and safer planet? Should not the country want young people to look beyond their narrow personal interests to the interests of [...]