Pratik Kanjilal

The writer is Associate Editor.

Articles By Pratik Kanjilal

Neil deGrasse Tyson on his new book, Letters from an Astrophysicist, a compilation of this correspondence

Astrophysicist, planetarium director, popular author, television personality and inheritor of the mantle of Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson is the author of 16 books of popular science. He spoke to the Indian Express about his new book, Letters from an Astrophysicist, a compilation of this correspondence

Wonder Year: The seeds of present-day politics were sown in 1989

In 1989, it may have seemed quaint. Three decades later, it is no longer just an anthropological curiosity.

‘Forms of protest our democracy adopted are Gandhian’ says Tamil author Perumal Murugan

The first Indian Express readers’ club session featured Tamil author Perumal Murugan who spoke of his humble beginnings, the politics of his work and the power of silence.

Breaking down news: The Emperor’s New Clothes

The problematic rituals gaining ground in online communications

Quantum Computer: Test done, real-world use a long way away

In classical computing, heat conspires with time to impose constraints on the possible. In the era of vacuum tubes, lengthy computations could not be completed because equipment would burn out.

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.