The writer teaches Hindi at Delhi University.

Gandhi’s last battle
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Mahatma Gandhi blamed no one, but if the “Hindus and Sikhs insisted on turning out Muslims from Delhi, they would be betraying India and their own faith”.

In defence of the individual
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

That an individual can source divinity within herself was unimaginable for religious institutions. But for the institution of the nation state, the individual remains as suspect.

Foisting the flag
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Orders to madrasas in UP and MP bear a dangerous message of domination.

For J&K, lessons from Chauri Chaura
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The lynching of Ayub Pandit must make people of the Valley pause and ask: Is the Kashmiri soul being brutalised ? Kashmiri leaders will have to talk to their people frankly like Gandhi did after Chauri Chaura.

New Army For New India
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Relationship between government, army and us is being rewritten, disturbingly so

Crisis of Hinduism
Fri, Apr 14, 2017

By siding with a politics which marginalises minorities and seeks to subjugate them, Hindus are losing the essence of their religion

Dear friends from ABVP
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

As a Communist student activist, I was never attacked by your members. That was another era.

A new divide in class
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Digital education isn’t democratic, it creates deep inequalities between universities.

A besieged life of the mind
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Attacks on Nivedita Menon, Rajshree Ranawat show the decline of state universities, perversion of student politics

Beware the cultural revolution
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Government directive to educational institutions to execute the digital financial literacy mission subverts the idea of the university.

Poet of dark hope
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Muktibodh was a Marxist writer, seeking the self’s freedom.

Compensation most foul
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

The UP government’s move to pay relief to the family of an accused in the Dadri lynching turns the principle of justice on its head.

This false dawn
Tue, May 31, 2016

Modi regime’s obsession with the ‘new’ and ‘historic’ is reminiscent of other attempts in history to purge the ‘old’, and to create the ‘non-people’.

Secular politics needs Gandhian courage
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Democracy in India, affirmed through elections, is pushing Muslims to the margins.

Umar Khalid, my son
Tue, Feb 23, 2016

Because to rebel is to affirm and renew one’s humanity.

The Pak parallel
Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Like anti-blasphemy laws across the border, India’s legislation on cow slaughter and protection may have become a tool to harass and intimidate minorities.

Atali, an old new story
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

It is a warning India must heed.

An inability to grieve
Sat, Apr 25, 2015

For political parties, ‘people’ are an abstraction. Gajendra Singh’s death drives this truth home.

The retrial of Godse: Forgetting the facts
Fri, Jan 30, 2015

The memory of Gandhi has been sanitised so that the nation has forgotten the fact of his assassination, let alone debating the reason why.

Textbook for our time
Sat, Nov 15, 2014

In the last 10 years, the curricular part of school education was left to professional educationists. Academics must defend that achievement.