Janaki Nair

The writer is professor of history, JNU, Delhi, and author of ‘Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule’.

Articles By Janaki Nair

Same old rent-seeking

Politicians yearn to lay hands on Karnataka’s public goods and natural assets, control its bureaucracy. The present political crisis is a reflection of this impulse.

Re-imagining the university

This Teachers’ Day, let us recall a 1949 report written under the leadership of S Radhakrishnan

The Karnataka way of being Indian

The state’s history and its hard-won specificities will have a say in deciding the assembly election outcome. There is little that models developed in the country’s North can offer it.

Winning Tripura, subduing JNU

The triumphalism witnessed in Tripura is linked to the sustained political and administrative attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University since February 2016.

An inclusive saffron

Yogi Adityanath, prominent BJP campaigner in Karnataka, has much to learn from the state’s mathas. They provide an alternative model of how community organisations engage with society and state

Many betrayals of Hadiya

Institutions that were intended to enable and protect her have let her down. They have reminded her repeatedly that her words, actions and decisions will not be trusted .

Voice of the province

To kill the spirit and provocations of ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’, Gauri Lankesh had to die

Cow provincialism

Market forces, changed tastes and the televisual media alike have ensured that the salwar kameez, and “mehndi” and “sangeet” ceremonies, have marched into our lives, but these are at least colourful and relatively inoffensive. We cannot say the same about life-threatening cow nationalism.

Demonetising JNU

Its excellence in research, and its diversity, are products of decades of thought and struggle. New admission procedures threaten its character.

Rage against the intellectual

The responses to Gurmehar’s fearless speech come at a time when the monstrous rage against the intellectual has been growing, both in India and beyond.

Why Bengaluru isn’t so cool

The idea that the city enjoys the reputation of being safe for women is a well-nourished urban myth

Vijayanagara in Bengaluru

The big fat Reddy wedding has underlined the privatisation of the public in Karnataka.

Why the British commemorate Tipu

In Srirangapatna itself, an initial phase in which the British destroyed the material memory of the sultan for fear of insurrection gave way to monumental respect.