Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Articles By Pratik Kanjilal

Breaking down news: Prize Story

On how Abhijit Banerjee’s Nobel Prize united India and divided social media

Remembering Inspector Ganesh Ghote, who solved The Perfect Murder

The appeal of fictional keepers of law who survive corrupt systems

Breaking Down news: To Say or Not to Say

On Trumpian remarks and their power to cause ethical upheavals in news studios

Speakeasy: Speaking in Tongues

Lessons from history on the dangers of language politics

Point Zero

Matt Drudge’s predictions create a buzz in the American media while a Congress spokesperson becomes an internet sensation overnight.

It’ll soon get crowded on the lunar surface. Will the laws of space be able to keep pace?

It is time to ponder the future legal, political, economic implications of the window of opportunity that India is helping to open up.

Say What?

The Brexit silly season is producing a fine harvest, a pleasant change from our own parliamentary television.

Breaking Down News: Unquiet Front

A war on plastic lurks around the corner while talk of conflict dominates airwaves

Speakeasy: Shape of Things

Literary magazines and fiction, have been vital chroniclers of the Emergency.

Telling Numbers

Two books explore how history is shaped by demographic changes

Ninety minutes in Jorbagh

P Chidambaram's appearance at the Congress headquarters and his subsequent arrest at home all played out in front of TV cameras

News on mute

In the absence of information from Kashmir, TV news channels rose to the challenge by dredging up unverifiable rumours from social media.

Speakeasy: At Home on the Moon

The serious and funny fake news stories about the lunar missions

Mission Possible

How the first moon landing created our world

Guns and Roses

The tyranny of the weak, which Mahatma Gandhi had once harnessed to deal a body blow to colonialism, is still alive and well. Interestingly, it is wielded by the young, who are generally perceived to repose more faith in aggression.

Breaking down news: To the Moon and Back

As the launch of Chandrayaan-2 made headlines, the race to put humans back on the lunar surface is qualitatively different 50 years later.

Three novels set in the Batman universe take the superhero into the realm of prose

The three novels recently published by Titan Books in collaboration with DC Comics go out on a progressive limb from the family tree of the Batman novels. The authors are carefully chosen, the writing is crisp and the audience is exclusively adult.

Speakeasy: Stroll of Behemoths

In a nature reserve in Portugal, giant footprints made by dinosaurs are etched in stone.

Party like its 1969: What was happening in the world the year man stepped on the moon

Lots of reality-altering stuff was afoot in 1969 — besides the Apollo 11 moonshot.

Speakeasy: One’s Own Devices

Personalisation has changed the world and how we negotiate it.