Amrith Lal


Fighting caste bias, giving region a voice: Karunanidhi’s legacy, its relevance
Wed, Aug 08, 2018

Karunanidhi’s politics engaged with a slew of ideas — secularism, caste, affirmative action, federalism, regional identity — and their role in public affairs.

Kaala: The dark knight
Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Rajinikanth's ‘Kaala’ is a political film that mirrors the social and economic questions of our time.

‘Hindus have to come out and say: not in our religion’s name’
Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Why Malayalam novelist KP Ramanunni undertook a penance for the Kathua gangrape in a Kerala temple. According to him, it was his response as a Hindu and a believer. He said he was following the Gandhian tradition of personal atonement for a public evil.

Reading literature in many tongues: The story of his land
Sat, May 19, 2018

Thakazhi, a social realist, believed that the role of a novelist was to capture the sights and sounds of the world around him.

AR Venkatachalapathy says Subramania Bharati has become a posthumous bestseller
Sun, May 13, 2018

AR Venkatachalapathy on the enduring magic of Subramania Bharati.

A Song Called Bharati: Why the Tamil icon is even more relevant now
Sun, May 13, 2018

Nearly 100 years after his death, as a new book explores the nationalisation of his work, a look at the centrality of Tamil poet-public intellectual Subramania Bharati in the making of modern Tamil political culture and why he is relevant now more than ever.

Why politicians eat with Dalits
Fri, May 04, 2018

Dalits are probably the most vibrant, decisive political constituency in India today. Unless these gestures go with effective action on core concerns, Dalits would regard them with as much scorn as they deserve, says Valerian Rodrigues.

Why Buddhism invites Dalits
Tue, May 01, 2018

The conversion of 300 Dalits to Buddhism in Una, Gujarat, was not the first such instance. The Indian Express looks at previous mass conversions by Dalits and the pressures that have forced them to take the step.

The Death of an Author
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Malayalam short story writer M Sukumaran voiced an idea, spoke for a movement. When it faded, he withdrew into silence.

The Goat Who Knew Too Much
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Perumal Murugan’s Poonachi offers a sharp, ironic take on society and the powers that be

A Rebel with Her Cause
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

The life of Gauri Lankesh and her role as a journalist and activist is contextualised in this concise collection of writings

Beyond the news: In Tamil Nadu, why it is back to 1965
Mon, Feb 05, 2018

A fluid political context of both threat and opportunity, and fears of a Hindi-Hindu-Hindutva invasion have led to resurrection of the subnationalist narrative of Tamil linguistic pride and Dravidian cultural identity

The Alphabet of a People
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

Mapping the uniqueness of Dalit cultural identity in all its diversity through a collection of Malayalam stories in translation

Rammanohar Lohia: In his times and in ours
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Buried in today’s loud anti-Congressism and the tirade against ‘Lutyens’ elite’ are echoes of Lohia, even though the essential secular, ethical underpinning of his ideas are nowhere in evidence.

With facts and figures, PM Modi eyes the future but looks the other way on Pak, China
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

PM Modi in his Independence Day speech listed out his government’s achievements over the past three years and, interestingly, promised to make a new India by 2022. In less than two years, Modi’s term ends and general election is due in 2019.

Dark Eden
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Endosulphan spraying was banned in 2000 and reports from the region point to the regeneration of local flora and fauna that had disappeared when pesticide use was rampant in large government-plantations.

Kerala Killings: In communist bastion, not just war of ideology but race for Hindu vote
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The CPI(M)-RSS violence in Kannur can be traced to the 1960s when workers of beedi factories struck work. With beedi workers forming the vanguard of the communist movement in the region, the factory owners called in the Jana Sangh-RSS, which had a base in neighbouring Mangalore.

The Making of a Brotherhood: An anti-caste communal feast in Kerala and its relevance in current culture wars
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Kerala in 1917 was deeply divided by caste. Caste was scrupulously observed in public spaces; it decided even the right of way, and people of different castes could not dine together.

Will Rajini, or won’t he
Tue, May 23, 2017

Space has opened up in Tamil Nadu politics for an alternative to the DMK and AIADMK. But screen popularity may not be sufficient for Rajinikanth

Why a 12th century Bhakti saint is key for BJP in Karnataka
Mon, May 15, 2017

Basavanna is a seminal figure in the Bhakti movement, which challenged the dominance of Brahminical Hinduism, and especially institutions like the caste system, from the 6th century onwards.