Mrinal Pande

The writer is former chairperson, Prasar Bharati.

Articles By Mrinal Pande

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?

Irom Sharmila is the doer who breaks a grand vow to protect the greater common good

It is not hard to make out what kind of martyr Irom Sharmila is closer to being.

A death foretold

Qandeel Baloch’s murder is yet another reminder that men craft, interpret and adjudicate over family laws in the subcontinent.

A State For Men

Shani Shingnapur faceoff shows how it caves in to male bias.

A new Mother India, armed, aggressive

Indian women have no role to play in the remaking of the myth.

What the pirs say

Muslim saints of Uttarakhand speak of the ties that bind us.

Porn ban in India: Misguided Warriors

Instead of pornography, government should focus on flawed family laws.