February 3, 2015
The Maoist rebels entered Khaireni after dinnertime. The dim filament lights that dangled from veranda roofs turned off one by one as the...
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January 30, 2015
The Jaipur Literature Festival boasts the privilege of being the largest free literary festival in the world. Founded in 2006, the festival...
Reviews
January 7, 2015
Back in 2004, George W. Bush voiced his conviction that “[n]o President has ever done more for human rights than I have.” This is the same...
Opinion
June 1, 2014
At the time of gloaming on the evening of 18 May 2014, Narendra Modi, the then Prime Minister-to-be of India spoke into the microphone on...
Reviews
May 7, 2014
Violence founds and preserves the state. Monopoly over the legal use of violence is, Max Weber reminds us, indispensable to all modern...
Opinion
April 26, 2014
When the US was initially up in arms over the use of chemical weapons in Syria , various commentators pointed out the hypocrisy of the...
Reviews
April 24, 2014
Jeet Thayil’s novel Narcopolis begins and ends with Bombay. The opening lines declare the city as the main “heroin” of the story, revealing...
Reviews
March 24, 2014
In a novel that spans over fifty years and crosses borders from India to America to Ireland, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland weaves an...
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March 18, 2014
The past year and a half has been a volatile one for India, starting with a violent gang rape case in December 2012 that rocked the nation...