Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Breaking Down News: Black is the New Black
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

Muslims, Dalits, women, Indians from the Northeast and other minorities have selflessly served society’s perennial need for the Other. Now, the African community is here to share their burden.

The Many Twists and Turns of Award Wapsi
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

After returning and re-accepting, will re-returning be the new chapter in the award wapsi saga?

The Futures Game
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

Margaret Atwood on writing for the unborn, Winston Smith’s diary and early interests like Edgar Rice Burroughs, Flash Gordon and two superhero bunnies, with capes

A map for lost readers
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

Wake up to the literary tourist and her wanderlust. Make India more incredible.

Book review: Praise Buchan and Pass the Ammunition
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

A Passage to Shambhala channels a once-flourishing tradition of popular culture which has been exterminated by modern politics and political correctness.

Breaking down news: Here’s to model behaviour
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

Ghulam Ali filled a Kolkata stadium to capacity and publicly cast off the bitterness that being rebuffed by Mumbai had left behind.

One size kills all
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

We live in the era of institutions, collectives whose primal instinct is to standardise, mainstream and flatten.

In fact: What Mein Kampf tells us about the now and here
Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Adolf Hitler’s manifesto has been a reliable bestseller in several countries. In India, Jaico Books has kept it in print since 1988, and is believed to have sold lakhs of copies.

2015: The year the writer stood up
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

In a year when institutions appeared to be under siege, it was the individual who told truth to power

Breaking Down News: What’s In a Name?
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

The repackaging of Facebook’s sounds doom-laden.

Sariska Tiger Reserve: The cat on the roof
Sun, Dec 20, 2015

Did he see it or did he not? What happened when a sceptic went to the wild.

Breaking Down News: High Insecurity Zone
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

From the size of one’s home bar to the release of a juvenile criminal, Delhi has much to be anxious about

A Man of Many Parts
Sun, Dec 13, 2015

KA Abbas’s stories, while literal and not literary, point to the breadth of his talent.

Breaking Down News: Oddly Even
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

Among the three big issues of the week, Delhi’s odd-even scheme hogged the limelight and the volume of debate generated on TV and social media

Book review – Sharad Pawar’s On My Terms: From the Grassroots to the Corridors of Power
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

Even with its silences, Sharad Pawar’s autobiography is telling .

Sharad Pawar’s autobiography: When Rajiv Gandhi avoided a flight with Chandra Shekhar
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

The autobiography will be released Thursday at Vigyan Bhavan in a ceremony to mark the NCP founder’s 75th birthday.

Breaking Down News: Look Ahead in Anger
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

The intolerance debate is two months old and has moved from the wide open spaces to Parliament, and taken up aeons of television time.

Ban on Satanic Verses: We now have a global culture of complaint which justifies violent responses
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

A month and a half after India banned The Satanic Verses, a domino effect was seen in countries across half the world, from South Africa to Indonesia.

The truth about things
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

What did a pioneer of modern Japanese fiction have to do with Rashomon?

Happiness is a Warm Cup
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

But if it is “the champagne of teas”, reject milk, sugar and all other adulterants

Intolerable Intolerance
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

But despair not, we remain a healthy democracy prepared to debate anything, even our commitment to the Constitution. Who said it was a given?

In fact: Theories of Genius, how they live on in our lives
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The Einstein Field Equations, which ended the age of Newtonian physics and changed our perception of reality, are a century old this week, dating from Einstein’s lecture at the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

Breaking down news: And the Past was History
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

The indefatigable HS Phoolka, who continues to fight for the victims of the 1984 Congress pogrom in Delhi, was scheduled to deliver a counterstrike to the party’s celebrations of Indira Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

The circle game: An overview of Indian politics
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

As Bihar has ably demonstrated, anarchists, cows, corrupt politicians, loudmouth babajis, trishuls and rays of hope return as regularly as the seasons to Indian politics.

Breaking Down News: Home and Away
Sat, Nov 14, 2015

In the Narendra Modi era, the foreign news is at least as interesting as domestic affairs, where the culture wars continue to excite if not edify.

Bihar Polls: When talking heads jumped the gun
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

At 8.15 am, BJP president Amit Shah was proclaimed a strategic genius. Two hours later, he had to be cast on the dust-heap of history as a peddler of divisive claptrap.

Breaking Down News: Coming to you live from Dalal Street
Sat, Nov 07, 2015

Why do TV channels bother with exit polls when markets are usually the most sensitive weather-vanes of the election season?

Future Library will open its door to the readers in the year 2114
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

An art project in Oslo draws attention to the fact that all of literature is one big, juicy time capsule.

Breaking down news: Where Were You That Day?
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Since public memory does not extend beyond the last 60 minutes, it is quite safe to accuse anyone of anything at all in the last decade.

Breaking Down News: The Pen Is Mightier
Sat, Oct 24, 2015

In a TV debate where a variety of autochthonous writers were ranged against BJP talking heads, and one RSS thinking head — reason won

The Culture of Impunity: The Sahitya Akademi crisis has exposed a leadership failure
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

The existential crisis of the Sahitya Akademi is a reminder that creative institutions should be headed by practitioners who command respect for their creative work, not their prowess in politics or administration.

Written in the Genes
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Gene sequencing will be to the 21st century what the stethoscope was to the 20th. A new book explores its multiple ethical issues

Breaking Down news: Who’s Rosogolla Is It, Anyway?
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

Year on year, the prices of lentils has doubled and has outstripped prices of animal proteins.

Book Review: In the Court of the Ranee of Jhansi And Other Travels in India
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

An Australian gentleman’s travels and accounts of life in northern India during the Rising of 1857 make for lively social history

Breaking Down News: “Like” Peace, Make War
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

While PM Modi brought a tear to every Indian’s eye by promoting ahimsa on Facebook, it’d be wonderful if it rubbed off on his colleagues at home.

The scribe who came in from the cold
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

Foreign correspondent and author Frederick Forsyth has chosen to be irresponsible by going behind the story in journalism in his memoir.