Amrita Dutta

Articles By Amrita Dutta

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.

On Mother’s Day, twin girls for Irom Sharmila

Sharmila and her husband, Goan-born British national Desmond Coutinho, have named their daughters Nix Sakhi and Autumn Tara.

Hit global headlines from PhD lab, now waits at home

In 2013, Hemanth Kappanna was a part of a team of three PhD students at the West Virginia University, Morgantown, whose research into the emissions of nitrogen oxides of two Volkswagen cars uncovered the German automobile major’s fraudulent use of “cheat devices” in the US market.

Karnataka: ‘Can’t say one party is better for the Army than the other’

Whether nationalism plays out to the BJP’s advantage in this region would perhaps be determined by local factors.

Bangalore South: In BJP bastion, ‘Modi fanboy’ invokes patriotism, Congress sniffs a chance

Over close to two decades, the Bangalore South seat has been an invincible BJP stronghold. BJP candidate for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency Tejasvi Surya is described, among other things, as a young Sachin Tendulkar taking on Pakistani pacers.

Krishna Byre Gowda: ‘In southern states, there is a sense of being let down by the Centre’

A minister in the H D Kumaraswamy Cabinet, KBG, as he is known, is one of the most promising Vokkaliga leaders in the Congress and its urbane, suave face.

A documentary that wants people fall in love with Karnataka’s wildlife

A homegrown documentary film celebrates the astonishing diversity of Karnataka’s wildlife.

Book review: Not quite at home

The fraught question of belonging, identity and autonomy in the Northeast