On TV, this was Narendra Modi Week, starting in Mars orbit and ending in NYC.
Kolkata, police entered the campus of Jadavpur University and beat up students protesting for the safety of women.
Naseeruddin Shah’s memoir is a blisteringly honest account of his life and the foibles of the creative community.
All of Kashmir is swarming with intrepid reporters.
An ancient Greek text writes about a flourishing trade between Malabar and Europe in the time of Christ.
The prime minister’s speech caps 100 days of the NDA government but how rehearsed was the Q&A?
On love jihad and the failure of airline journalism.
Pattabhi Rama Reddy’s rendering of Samskara launched the parallel cinema in Kannada.
The media is on a fairly strict, leak-free diet that puts an edge on hunger.
It is like India’s clock stopped in the 1960s, and even liberalisation was the echo of a chime from long ago.
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When Mr Disintermediation chose to make direct contact with the audience, with no bulletproof glass or TV journalists intervening.
The city is a big, noisy place, and what began as a single-volume anthology has burgeoned into two.
Rupa Rainlight has reissued The Lonely Tiger (1960), the solitary book of Hugh Allen, David Davidar’s favourite shikar writer.
From airstrikes to airplane tragedies, newsrooms are inviting experts, if only to thram them.
When media goofs up, it looks silly but real life blunders can be in deadly earnest.
Harris Irfan’s Heaven's Bankers (Constable & Robinson) is the first inside job on the rather opaque world of Islamic, Sharia-compliant finance.
Housewives wanted stable market prices as always, one of them thought of the kitchens of the poor.
High frequency trading should be illegal, believes Michael Lewis. Ironically, it was born out of market regulation
In which Modi speaks English, Sai Baba is declared Muslim and Tapas Pal becomes world infamous in India.
All nationalist projects use selective readings of the past to justify current popular prejudices.
There’s nothing exclusively human about humour any more.
Why most Indians are likely to shrug off government attempts to impose Hindi.
In which the football World Cup threatens to eclipse the biggest stories but is thwarted by the ISIS crisis
The woman who used Sanskrit as the key to understanding ancient India rationally and scientifically.
An IB report about NGOs can bring out the best in print journalism and the worst on the airwaves.
Political parties are yet to understand that personal security has become a zero-tolerance issue.
Just a week in office and they start announcing crowd-pleasing decisions.
If you want to arrive at an impossibly simplified account of Indianness, just hit rewind.
If gambling were legal, speculation over ministry allocation on TV could have generated huge revenues.
And elsewhere, all smiles, the Congress will still take no questions.
Remembering Marguerite Duras, a filmmaker who made poetry visible.
Varanasi looks like a Mahabharata set as the battle between Modi and Kejriwal plays out.
The epitaphs of the Spoon River Anthology pioneered a new way of doing subaltern literature, much before the term was coined.
TV just had to cover the huge roadshow in Varanasi as Modi travelled to the collectorate.
As an anthropologist, Graeber looked at material that economists usually do not, such as the history of cultures.