The writer taught in the department of English, Delhi University.
“Conspiracy” is the oxygen that keeps bankrupt regimes alive. Minus that, what one confronts is a miscellany of horrors, lies and incompetence.
In its corona version, poor are infected in sufficient numbers to produce immunity which accrues to those who have done nothing to earn it.
The dignity of the Law is not a matter of concern merely to judges — though I believe it should be a matter of concern to them, too.
It is a concern for the rights of others that makes us human, humane beings. So, honourable (and dishonourable) apologists, please desist — I speak not merely although my rights are unaffected, but even because my rights are unaffected.
Our language is tainted and crippled by being pressed into the service of inhumanity.
Reflections on the Republic at 70
Despite the centrality of the question of privilege, Anand Bhawan, the Gandhi residence in Allahabad, was also the place where the most influential vision of India’s modernity — and socialism — was born
Hate has consequences. And those who propagate and promote that hate must bear responsibility for its entirely predictable consequences.
Girish Karnad’s phenomenal creativity was fuelled by the fact that he tapped into several different linguistic traditions, contexts and resonances.
Political parties will — and should — continue to compete, and jostle, and clamour, and do all the messy things that are internal to the practice of democracy. Provided that the one self-proclaimed “nationalist” party is not allowed to shut down politics altogether.
This memoir of a displaced person is not Krishna Sobti’s finest work, but it reminds us that ironically, the business of Partition is, indeed, unfinished and ongoing
The colonial English idea of the canon, applied to Hindi at a time when Dalit and feminist literature challenge its unity.
‘Terror’ is an artifact of the theory of terrorism, a way of interpreting things in the world. Our eager embrace of the theory of ‘terrorism’ is deeply suspect
Allahabad was the name of an aspiration to independent, secular, cosmopolitan modernity — a hope, a sensibility. Prayagraj is a pernicious, hurtful fiction
Nambi Narayanan’s acquittal raises a crucial question: Who is responsible for the evils of the state?
V S Naipaul gave writers in once-colonised countries confidence. But he also exonerated colonialism.
Supreme Court order on Jantar Mantar frames an often-ignored reality: Protest is a part of polity and the inconvenience it causes an affirmation of our common humanity.
General Bipin Rawat has been far too eloquent on matters he ought to be quiet about. He did sound silly while elaborating on ways to deal with the Kashmir issue.
The evolution of our country's identity from the unifying mother of yore to the strict father of contemporary nationalist times.
But Trump’s America is a latecomer. It has much to learn from Vishwaguru India.
The farce of TV “debates” shows us in the grip of matched opposites, good versus evil, black versus white. There is little civilised discourse. No question is open. This is the age of the slogan — and outright violence.
There are great advantages of redefining military action as surgery — for one, it mobilises the rhetoric of health.
‘Gurugram’ is the symptom of a disease which generates a striving to return to some previous perfection.
The alarming, exponential reach of the ‘anti-national’ can find you out in the most unexpected places.
A book on the fabled Allahabad University takes shelter in the romantic distortions of nostalgia when faced with the present.