Mrinal Pande

The writer is former chairperson, Prasar Bharati.

Articles By Mrinal Pande

That’s right, blame it on Hindi

Every language, culture has its history of oppression. But it is also in the infinite plurality of language that tensions of identity, of politics, are resolved.

In 2019, we need politics that does not dominate and bully women

Politics is one area where we have not come a long way. In 2019, we need to move beyond reflections about family relationships and motherhood and women’s inalienable duties to society.

Krishna Sobti: A gateway to Ganga-Jamuni vista

Krishna Sobti’s work exposes the horror of a segregationist regional jingoism.

Year of the farce

As Jawaharlal Nehru, much reviled by the BJP, and B R Ambedkar, well understood, progress in the world can at best be incremental. Only the willfully or otherwise ignorant will ignore that the history of nations’ progress is simultaneously the history of pain, murder, gross venality, slavery and cyclical horror.

Of Statues Big And Small

In history and scripture, UP CM will find little basis to build a giant statue of Lord Ram. Then the invaders arrived in waves through the Hindukush pass and the force of Islam collided with the immovable presence of the local faith. The post-10th century period saw a period of hot clashes and cold fusion.

Context for the gotra warriors

From its very inception, gotra has been a malleable category, often manipulated for social advancement.

Consent in a man’s world

The routines, stratagems, denials and traps in Indian workplaces still make easy mobility and maintaining dignity difficult even for the most talented young female journalists

Fight the good fight

Some moments in the life of a patriarchy provide points of confrontation — and also openings for change

A hug runs through it

The embrace in Parliament ushered spontaneity into stuffy corridors of power

Betraying Uttara

Uttarakhand teacher’s plea, response to it, reveal government’s attitude to educators.

Tunes of Dissent

The mind of an Indian artist who has always called out the wrong notes of a rigid, stratified classical music ecosystem

Lage raho, Naresh bhai

When men begin to lose power, they begin to lose control over their speech.

A deceit called autonomy

Prasar Bharati Act vests authority, resources in the corporation. I&B ministry still owns all that it surveys

Who’s afraid of laughing women?

Renuka Chowdhury’s booming laughter enraged leaders in Parliament. That one merry female parliamentarian should be singled out for ridicule is not surprising.

The murder of Gauri Lankesh

Once an Indian woman begins to discard English, turns down marriage and motherhood and then voluntarily accesses and fraternizes with vernacular-speaking people not of her own class, she becomes anathema as well as an irritant.

Invisible hands do dirty work

Caste biases have instilled a disdain for all forms of manual work. From there, the dots can be connected to the lack of quality and safety in public works and services.

A connoisseur of the arts

Shanta Sarabjit Singh sought the enduring in a fast-changing nation

The invisible women farmers

Agriculture cannot survive without them. But they are invisible in the current conversation on the agrarian crisis

Here be Hills, Forests and Little Folk

A sombre chronicle of the steady erasure of local histories and loss of a rich ecosystem that began in colonial times and continues

The Game of Thrones

A visit to Ayodhya is a journey into the depths of time. Its history is a complex skein of various religions and philosophy. How did it become the line that divides us?