Mrinal Pande

The writer is former chairperson, Prasar Bharati.

Tunes of Dissent
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The mind of an Indian artist who has always called out the wrong notes of a rigid, stratified classical music ecosystem

Lage raho, Naresh bhai
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

When men begin to lose power, they begin to lose control over their speech.

A deceit called autonomy
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Prasar Bharati Act vests authority, resources in the corporation. I&B ministry still owns all that it surveys

Who’s afraid of laughing women?
Fri, Feb 09, 2018

Renuka Chowdhury’s booming laughter enraged leaders in Parliament. That one merry female parliamentarian should be singled out for ridicule is not surprising.

The murder of Gauri Lankesh
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Once an Indian woman begins to discard English, turns down marriage and motherhood and then voluntarily accesses and fraternizes with vernacular-speaking people not of her own class, she becomes anathema as well as an irritant.

Invisible hands do dirty work
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Caste biases have instilled a disdain for all forms of manual work. From there, the dots can be connected to the lack of quality and safety in public works and services.

A connoisseur of the arts
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

Shanta Sarabjit Singh sought the enduring in a fast-changing nation

The invisible women farmers
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Agriculture cannot survive without them. But they are invisible in the current conversation on the agrarian crisis

Here be Hills, Forests and Little Folk
Sat, May 06, 2017

A sombre chronicle of the steady erasure of local histories and loss of a rich ecosystem that began in colonial times and continues

The Game of Thrones
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

A visit to Ayodhya is a journey into the depths of time. Its history is a complex skein of various religions and philosophy. How did it become the line that divides us?

Irom Sharmila is the doer who breaks a grand vow to protect the greater common good
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

It is not hard to make out what kind of martyr Irom Sharmila is closer to being.

A death foretold
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Qandeel Baloch’s murder is yet another reminder that men craft, interpret and adjudicate over family laws in the subcontinent.

A State For Men
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Shani Shingnapur faceoff shows how it caves in to male bias.

A new Mother India, armed, aggressive
Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Indian women have no role to play in the remaking of the myth.

What the pirs say
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Muslim saints of Uttarakhand speak of the ties that bind us.

Porn ban in India: Misguided Warriors
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Instead of pornography, government should focus on flawed family laws.

Trust not the boat but the river
Fri, Apr 03, 2015

Kailash Vajpeyi chose to walk a middle line that was often the most radical place to be

In a hall of mirrors
Fri, Jan 09, 2015

Rajasthan ordinance frames complex reality of legislative, political, linguistic barriers to gender equality.

Revisiting an outrage
Tue, Nov 18, 2014

In the wrong hands, sterilisation remains an immoral, intrusive act.

Politics and loathing
Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Election rallies are less about hope, more about hype — and hate.

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