Amrita Dutta

Articles By Amrita Dutta

Birth of the Iron Fist

Margaret Atwood’s latest reveals the insidious armature of Gilead — an oppressive political order we are uncomfortably familiar with

Cloudy with a chance of catastrophe

A children’s book that talks about caste, and inspires you to be a climate champ

Why, for Kannada writer Devanoora Mahadeva, Gandhi is an ally in the battle against caste

Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: ‘If savarnas need to change to liberate India from caste, then Gandhi is necessary’

Two years after killing of Gauri Lankesh: ‘Her voice is still here. She has not been forgotten’

Two years after the killing of Gauri Lankesh, sister Kavitha looks back at an intertwined life.

The bilingual bard of Bombay and Mumbai, Kiran Nagarkar gave Indian writing in English an electric charge

Nagarkar first novel, Saat Sakkam Trechalis, was written in Marathi in 1974; its urban, male angst could be traced to predecessors such as Bhalchandra Nemade’s Kosala (1963) but there was no mistaking this striking, new voice.

I am calling for immigration as reparation: Suketu Mehta

Suketu Mehta on his new book, the long shadow cast by colonialism and why climate refugees won’t stop moving.

Bridging the schooling gap for migrant children in Bengaluru

In a bridge school for migrant children, a Kannada teacher helps them join the conversation.

I want to make men less violent through my stories: National Award-winning screenwriter Syam Pushkaran

The work of National Award-winning screenwriter Syam Pushkaran reflects on what it is to be a man. Pushkaran, 35, on masculinity and contemporary Malayalam cinema.

In her new book, Angela Saini shines a light on the racism at the roots of modern science and why far-right identity politics could hijack it again

Angela Saini's work uncovers how power structures influence the questions science asks and the answers it supplies.

Scholar Alpa Shah on her book Nightmarch, Adivasi society, and how the Maoist promise fell apart

Alpa Shah's book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize — Britain’s most prestigious award for political writing— in May.

Dinesh Gundu Rao on Karnataka crisis: ‘This was a Rs 1000-crore operation…it has been going on for a year’

We need to regroup and take the issues to the people. In the last year, we could not, because of various issues, the Lok Sabha elections, the dissidence, said Dinesh Gundu Rao.

‘Couldn’t afford to show fear’: Kerala’s health minister KK Shailaja on dealing with Nipah

KK Shailaja is the quiet face of Kerala’s Nipah fightback, inspiring Revathy’s role in the Malayalam film Virus. The state health minister on how the battle was won, and the challenges ahead.

As #MeToo wave ebbs, Kabir Singh is a balm for bruised male entitlement

Would domestic violence cease if films such as Kabir Singh or Dabangg or Tere Naam were not made? Of course not. But popular cinema is a powerful way in which a society negotiates its rights and wrongs.

A new book by two Bengaluru-based ecologists tries to help urban Indians rediscover trees as guardians

Step into the Shade: Harini Nagendra and Seema Mundoli's new book Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities talk about trees as providers and keepers of our mental peace.

Not the Same River

Amitav Ghosh’s novel sails into troubled waters. The voyage is action-packed but disappointing.

Girish Karnad (1938-2019): Playwright who engaged with history to articulate India’s modernity

Till the end, through six decades of public life, Girish Karnad continued to pitch himself — his frail body, his breathless self — into the battles of the present.

Actor-playwright Girish Karnad passes away

Playwright, filmmaker and actor Girish Karnad passed away on Monday morning. He was 81.

Seven months, 300 km and a few knocks later, giant statue reaches Karnataka temple

For seven months now, a colossal slab of granite, weighing 420 tonnes, quarried from a hill in Korakottai village in Tiruvannamalai district, Tamil Nadu, has been travelling on a vehicle with 240 wheels, as it makes its way to a temple in Bengaluru’s Ejipura.

A Hypermaniac Adventure: Book review of The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack

HM Naqvi’s new novel is a baggy yarn, buoyed by a joyous celebration of a syncretic history and limited by its lack of interiority

Can the media bring back my honour, asks Rajasthan man branded ‘terror suspect’

The footage of a man being allowed to walk away from a metal detector was flagged by media reports as evidence of lax security in the backdrop of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.