Amrita Dutta


In Fact: In call for separate North Karnataka, some old wounds, some new politics
Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Flagging the alleged discrimination to the North in the state Budget, a couple of organisations raised a demand for a separate state of North Karnataka last month.

How Kannada writer Vasudhendra’s book became a lifeline for gay men living double lives in Karnataka
Sun, Jul 22, 2018

Thank You for the Stories: Mohananswamy’s readers continue to find him. He uses every opportunity to meet and counsel them. “I have to speak up, only then will others find the courage. Someone has to be there for them. Someone has to say, this is who I am,” he says.

Facebook takes down Postcard News page, owner claims ‘pro-nationalist’ tag
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

The website’s founder and owner, Mahesh Vikram Hegde, said, “When we tried to post something on our page Sunday, we could not find it. We have not received any communication from Facebook. So, we cannot even appeal against it,” Hegde said.

I Spy Eagle Eye: In Tamil pulp writers’ Suba’s novels, Chennai embraces its flamboyant, noir self
Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Suba, along with writers like Rajesh Kumar and Pattukottai Prabhakar — and before them, Sujatha — was a part of the explosion of Tamil crime writing in the 1970s and 1980s. Their stories were serialised in magazines, printed as monthly novels, and devoured by a people on the move.

Karnataka: Debate over place of English as medium in government schools
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Students in state government schools at present learn English from Class V.

In the ordinary, I find a diminished epic: Sumana Roy
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

Writer Sumana Roy on her new novel, why she rejects all that is readymade and the subversion in her writing.

Kannur rolls out Satyameva Jayate in govt schools to combat menace of fake news
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Starting this month, teachers in 150 government schools in Kannur will be training students of Classes VIII to XII on how to spot false news and information, the lure of sensational news and the idea of the “filter bubble”.

Dog days: Bengaluru’s pet licensing by-laws and the protest for furry friends
Sun, Jun 17, 2018

Bengaluru municipality’s proposed pet licensing by-laws have met with overwhelming protest from animal welfare activists and pet owners. It has led to howls of indignation from dog owners in the city.

Shillong: Impossible homeland
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

For those exiled from Shillong over the decades by a xenophobic politics, a willful amnesia has been the only way to move on.

Art is where I take shelter and how I respond: Anuradha Roy
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Anuradha Roy on her new novel, the perils of nationalism and what sustains her at a time of toxic change.

Ireland overturns abortion ban: Justice in Dublin comforts a father in Belgaum
Sun, May 27, 2018

Over the years, there have been many challenges to Ireland’s conservative stance on abortion — which, in effect, forces women to travel to the UK for legal and safe abortion.

‘Time for Deve Gowda sir too. PM in 2019’
Sun, May 20, 2018

Shivkumar Aaradhya had placed his trust — not so much in his party’s tactics in the Karnataka Assembly in three hours — but in Kaliamma and the “magic number”.

Karnataka elections 2018: Veteran of four elections, first-time winner, BSP MLA looks back at long, hard struggle
Thu, May 17, 2018

Mahesh won the Kollegal Assembly constituency in Chamarajnagar district, beating his nearest rival, the Congress’s A R Krishna Murthy, by a comfortable margin of 19,454 votes.

Karnataka Assembly Election Results 2018: As Congress sees opportunity in loss, mood swings in party offices
Wed, May 16, 2018

Karnataka Assembly Election Results 2018: The Congress office in Bengaluru, deserted since morning, was slightly more energised by evening. Party flags that had been brought in around noon were finally fluttering from its first-floor balcony.

Karnataka assembly election results 2018: Caution, celebration, dejection — the many moods at BJP offices
Wed, May 16, 2018

Exuberance spilled over to anger in the crowd against the Congress, but also against actor Prakash Raj, who had led a sustained campaign against the BJP.

Writing as an act of knowing: Why author-lyricist Jayant Kaikini won’t write a novel
Sun, May 13, 2018

How Mumbai’s egalitarianism — in space and language — and working away from the Kannada literary establishment liberated author-lyricist Jayant Kaikini and why the ‘Chittal chauvinist’ won’t write a novel.

Karnataka election 2018: On Basava turf, Lingayats question Congress move to win them over
Sat, May 12, 2018

In village after village, conversations with Lingayats reveal great resentment at the way the government has “divided” the religion and empowered those at the bottom of the social hierarchy.

Yeddyurappa popularity among Lingayats is down by 60 per cent, Modi charisma to 25 per cent: MB Patil
Fri, May 11, 2018

PM Modi has been exposed. The hope he represented, his charisma, have now diminished to almost 25 per cent, said MB Patil.

PM Modi’s speeches won’t give jobs, farmers’ relief: Sonia Gandhi
Wed, May 09, 2018

Karnataka Assembly elections 2018: “Modiji is very proud of the fact that he is a great orator. I completely agree with him. He speaks like an actor. But if his speeches could fill the country’s stomach, then I would like him to give even more speeches,” Sonia Gandhi said.

Ground report: In Karnataka’s IT constituency, a divide that’s showing now — social and political
Mon, May 07, 2018

With 4.7 lakh voters, it is one of the largest constituencies in Karnataka. Mahadevapura, a reserved SC seat, was carved out only 10 years ago, when 110 villages were drawn into the margins of a city expanding on a diet of multinational capital.