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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Amrith Lal


How Tamil writer Vaasanthi’s women are tied by a sense of self-respect, a recent translation of her short stories shows
Sat, May 21, 2022

Ganga’s Choice and Other Stories, a collection of 15 short fiction in Tamil by Vaasanthi, and translated into English by Sukanya Venkataraman and Gomathi Narayanan, is about life seen through the eyes of women

Gramavrikshathile Kuyil is a remarkable ode to Malayalam renaissance poet Kumaran Asan
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

Veteran Malayalam director KP Kumaran’s biopic celebrates the life and work of an exceptional poet and social reformer of the last century

Why Delhi was the muse for Malayalam writer M Mukundan, this year’s JCB Prize for Literature winner
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

His novel, Delhi: A Soliloquy, is a tribute to his years spent as a flaneur, chronicler in the city

Explained: Life, work and legend of Adi Shankara, Advaita master, philosopher nonpareil
Sat, Nov 06, 2021

The Adi Shankara story is a remarkable saga of travel and adventure, philosophical inquiry, conflicts in faith, exegesis, establishment of lineage, organisation and mobilisation, etc.

Who is Kamumma and why Ambai centres her new short-story collection around urban women
Sun, Jul 18, 2021

'A Red-necked Green Bird' turns the page on social cliches and individual histories

What KK Shailaja’s exclusion says about Kerala CPM
Thu, May 20, 2021

KK Shailaja’s removal from Pinarayi Vijayan ministry shows CPM and its supporters may be reading Kerala verdict differently

Amid poll heat and dust, green shoots emerge in Kerala’s politics
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

This green strand is a characteristic of a new Left in Kerala. A host of sitting legislators and candidates have been involved in projecting a green vision as part of their politics.

In Kerala’s din, a mother seeking justice, a wife calling for peace
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

Vadakara has been a stronghold of socialists for decades, having elected stalwarts like K B Menon to Parliament.

The star cast in Tamil Nadu politics is large, but there are no superstars this time
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Until recently, and for near five decades, politics in Tamil Nadu has revolved around three charismatic figures, who claimed the legacy of the Dravidian movement: DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi defined one pole of state politics while MGR and Jayalalithaa occupied the other end.

Explained: As Jallikattu begins, recalling the cultural argument for an ancient tradition
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport that has traditionally been part of the festival of Pongal. However, the practice has long been contested, with animal rights groups and the courts concerned over issues of cruelty to animals and the bloody and dangerous nature of the sport.

How a hate campaign against their work brought Perumal Murugan, S Hareesh to mainstream attention
Sun, Dec 06, 2020

With accolades and international recognition, the Tamil and Malayalam writer, respectively, hope for a more nuanced reading of their work

With Assembly polls scheduled next year, Tamil identity politics may find a new release in the state
Sun, Aug 16, 2020

Tamil identity politics, now, is invoked by the Dravidian outfits mainly to mobilise people against national parties and the Centre as well as to paper over social and economic fault lines.

The Malabar rebellion is a layered story with multiple strands that defy simplistic narrations
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

Erasing any of these strands or experiences — the anti-colonial impulse, religious content, agrarian moorings, police brutality — would result in an incomplete, lopsided picture of the event with potential for dangerous interpretations in our fraught present.

TM Krishna: “Artistes are committing suicide due to a lack of income”
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

The Carnatic musician and author on the need for a programme similar to NREGA for the art community to help them tide over economic hardship due to COVID-19

Writer and former IPS officer Vibhuti Narain Rai on the anatomy of riots
Sun, Mar 08, 2020

The acclaimed writer in Hindi has witnessed and written about several riots, including Hashimpura massacre, in which 42 Muslims were killed by the police. He says that in all major riots, minorities had one common complaint — that the police had not done what it was supposed to do.

P S Krishnan, bureaucrat behind landmark social justice legislation, dies
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Till his last, Krishnan, who died in Delhi Sunday aged 87, remained partial to the depressed classes and worked towards the destruction of the caste order, relentlessly exposing its institutional manifestations.

Did a strong sense of morality make Vibhishana the first ‘anti-national’?
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Every regime insists that the praja, or citizens, stand by its regressions from the founding ideals of the republic in the name of nationalism.

‘Forms of protest our democracy adopted are Gandhian’ says Tamil author Perumal Murugan
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

The first Indian Express readers’ club session featured Tamil author Perumal Murugan who spoke of his humble beginnings, the politics of his work and the power of silence.

One Hell of a Story
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

A collection of tales that dissects the inner life of Malayali society

Explained: In Congress crisis, recalling Kumaraswami Kamaraj
Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Kamaraj Plan required top Congress leaders to quit govt and work for the organisation. Nearly six decades on, as the party seeks to manage another crisis and leadership transition, it has a blueprint to consider.

Legislators who change party affiliations must seek re-election
Fri, Jul 19, 2019

A defection is a betrayal of the mandate. Any shift in political affiliation would mean the right to represent the mandate is lost. Political morality demands that he resign his seat and seek re-election.

Karnataka: Rise of Modi, Dalit assertion in Congress’ Chamarajanagar fort
Mon, May 13, 2019

Chamarajanagar, a reserved seat, voted on April 18. It is considered a Congress seat and the sitting MP, R Dhruvanarayana, is credited for being accessible and undertaking development works.

In ADMK stronghold hit by GST, note ban, will ‘silent rage’ overtake caste noise?
Wed, May 01, 2019

The AIADMK has won Tiruppur since its inception. In 2014, the AIADMK front (including the AIADMK, DMDK and BJP) had polled over seven lakh votes.

Down the map in Kanyakumari: In the mix, land, port and fear of a faultline
Thu, Apr 25, 2019

Six decades after Kanyakumari — then part of the Travancore princely state — joined Tamil Nadu after the linguistic reorganisation, it continues to meld two linguistic and political cultures, making it an outlier in Tamil Nadu politics.

Tamil Nadu: Writer promises revival of Madurai’s lost glory in bid to script victory
Thu, Apr 18, 2019

In the rural areas, Venkatesan the writer takes the backseat and more prosaic political agendas occupy his speeches.