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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Janaki Nair

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

New Vivekananda statue at JNU demands obedience and piety rather than engagement
Fri, Nov 27, 2020

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”).

A Fine Balance: What are the claims of women to public space
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

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

Some must take barefoot to the highway, others make privileged journeys
Thu, May 28, 2020

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.

JNU protests uphold public morality at a time when it’s being undermined
Wed, Dec 11, 2019

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.

Same old rent-seeking
Tue, Jul 16, 2019

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
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

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

The Karnataka way of being Indian
Thu, May 10, 2018

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
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

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
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

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
Fri, Dec 15, 2017

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
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

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

Cow provincialism
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

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
Sat, Apr 01, 2017

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
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

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
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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

Vijayanagara in Bengaluru
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

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

Why the British commemorate Tipu
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

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.