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
Who are the True Founding Fathers and Mothers of Indian Democracy?
India’s founding fathers and mothers contributed in multiple ways to the establishment of democracy in the country. Some of those mentioned by the prime minister on 15 August did not make such…
Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd
Sangh's Nation-Building Project in the North East
As the northeast of India grapples with the spread of right-wing propaganda and the politics of Hindutva, 'The Greater India Experiment' offers a rich ethnographic account of the twists and…
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…
Thinking about India
Twelve Indian and Indian-origin writers from India and across the world share their hopes, concerns and fears about India on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
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…