Gone Native, But Not As We Know It
A narrative history reminds us of the exceptional Westerners who, during the high noon of Empire, went against the tide to engage with India and fight for the country's freedom.
Venu Madhav Govindu
India at 75
The Journey since 1947-V: Hockey in India’s Blood
Indian hockey’s golden age coincided with the first decades of a young nation, creating larger-than-life men, a whirling galaxy of giants. Through the ups and downs in India’s global standing in the…
Migrants and Minorities in Ceylon: Lessons for the Present
Sri Lankan politics bears the mark of a century of anti-Tamil policies. A majoritarian outlook has helped Sinhalese groups gain power, grow corrupt and weaken democracy.
Ritesh Kumar Jaiswal
India at 75
The Journey since 1947-IV: Eating Out Comes of Age in India
Eating out in India is a saga of people moving out of their homes and food following suit. Since the 1980s, the diversity among those eating out in India is matched only by a proliferation in the…
The Rise and Fall of the Sassoons
The rise and fall of a business empire of colonial Bombay is a story about global capitalism on the one hand, and diasporas and minority identity, on the other.
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-III: Can the Bicycle Come Full Circle in India?
The bicycle, once a symbol of India’s industrialisation, is now relegated to use by the labouring classes who have to risk life and limb on India’s roads. But it may make a comeback given its value…
A review article around Anwar Shaikh's 'Capitalism', published more than six years ago and now turning into a classic.
K. Vela Velupillai
Chronicles of the Champaran Satyagraha
The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 brought the miseries of the region’s peasants to official notice. A volume of 165 testimonies of peasants translated into English is revealing of their wretched lives…
Census of India: Gone With the Wind
The 2021 Census has been indefinitely postponed with doubts about whether the 150-year-old Census of India will even continue in its present form. The governments of both colonial and independent…
G. N. Devy