The writer is professor of history, JNU, Delhi, and author of ‘Mysore Modern: Rethinking the Region under Princely Rule’.
The installation of the statue comes as its obverse, of a theatre of power heralding a new reality, presided over by the Prime Minister himself at his alliterative best (invoking “confidence, conviction, character”).
The pandemic has brought public life to an unprecedented standstill. A historian reimagines and re-examines form and functionality in the cities which nurture us
The paradoxical invisibility of migrants-as-workers until now has now been compounded by those state governments that have exercised their freedom to suspend labour laws for 1,200 days.
What the JNU students have upheld is a reminder of the importance of public morality, at a time when it has been degraded beyond recognition in our republic’s life.
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.
This Teachers’ Day, let us recall a 1949 report written under the leadership of S Radhakrishnan
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.
The triumphalism witnessed in Tripura is linked to the sustained political and administrative attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University since February 2016.
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
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 .
To kill the spirit and provocations of ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’, Gauri Lankesh had to die
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.
Its excellence in research, and its diversity, are products of decades of thought and struggle. New admission procedures threaten its character.
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.
The idea that the city enjoys the reputation of being safe for women is a well-nourished urban myth
The big fat Reddy wedding has underlined the privatisation of the public in Karnataka.
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.