Indo-English and Anglo-Indish
We know about the influence of English on the Indian languages, but we need to understand better how Indian words and phrases penetrated English and the social mechanisms underlying their usage in…
The Life of 'Agyeya' the Unknowable
There is a quality of honesty in Akshaya Mukul's biography of Agyeya, a willingness to lay bare the messy complexities of actual lives, which is a welcome break from the tradition of producing…
India at 75
The Journey Since 1947-II: Radio Times
From a small footprint in 1947, radio grew to cover the entire country and was to be found in homes of the rich and the not-so-well off. The age of the internet has not diminished its importance; why…
India at 75
The Journey Since 1947-I: Cinema Halls
'The India Forum' looks back at 75 years of India’s freedom to see how familiar objects, places and practices from our everyday life have changed over time. What do these little histories…
Writers, Literatures, and Lessons from the Margins
Conversations between writers across India reveal similar processes of marginalisation spanning multiple communities. These insights offer ways for mutually empathetic relationships between people of…
Loud Mouths and Invisible Tails: The New Hindi-Hindu-Hindustan Debate
There is growing conviction that the nation, language, and religion are one. Hindi ideologues see only Hindi as authentically Indian and Hindu. The current rhetoric is reminiscent of the 'Hindi-…
Rise of the Regional Blockbuster
Southern blockbusters have a star playing a man of the masses, spectacular action and song and dance sequences, magnificent sets, and computer-generated imagery. Whether or not they make a profit,…
The Smoke and Mirrors of Casteism in the US
Convoluted arguments that equate anti-caste activism in the US with 'Hindu-phobia' seek to reinstate casteist norms that dominant-caste immigrants are accustomed to.
Hindu Spiritualism for a Neoliberal Age
The rise of tele-gurus signals a Hindu spirituality that resonates with the language of global capitalism, political Hindutva, and cultural consumption.
Surya Prakash Upadhyay
Top-down Approaches to Health do not Work
Government programmes for the indigenous that do not listen to and involve the local communities will not succeed in improving wellbeing.
Mathew Sunil George