Category: Politics

The role of prostitutes in Indian Sex Life: Durba Mitra takes a look

Editor | History During the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals—philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social critics—deployed ideas about sexuality to understand modern Indian society. In Indian Sex Life, Durba Mitra shows how deviant female sexuality, particularly the concept of the prostitute, became foundational to this knowledge project

Ruttie Jinnah, The Woman Who Stood Defiant

Editor | History Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s wife, Ruttie, impact the creation of Pakistan? Did she have a posthumous influence on Pakistan’s polity? Does her legacy still affect Indo-Pak relations? Ruttie Jinnah was a fierce nationalist in her own right, and a proactive political companion to her husband. According to Jinnah’s contemporary political leader Sarojini

Movie Review: Halal Love Story is fun, dangerously so

By John Cheeran If only religion could resolve men’s troubles. Now here is a film about a film that is in the making exclusively for a religious community—meeting all the safety standards of the sensitive community, unspoilt by the intrusion of other men, women or any other creatures. Totally halal. Oru Halal Love Story has

Rajneeti: A Biography of Rajnath Singh by Gautam Chintamani

Editor | Politics Rajnath Singh rose from a Swayamsevak in the RSS to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and also served as a Cabinet Minister in the Vajpayee Government. Jailed during the Emergency, Singh was the president of the BJPs youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. A two-term President, Singh saw the elevation

In which Arundhati Roy reveals her Seditious Heart

Editor | Politics My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly hostile environment. Taken together, these essays trace her journey from the Booker Prize-winning The God of Small Things

Books For You | SuperCentury: What India Must do to Rise by 2050

Editor | Politics What is it about the Indian psyche that makes us so incapable of fulfilling our promise as a nation? Why are we so averse to risk, resigned to mediocrity and mired in a collective lack of confidence? India has so much potential but seems forever stuck on the brink of actualization, unable

Books For You | The Brotherhood in Saffron: RSS and Hindu Revivalism

Editor | Politics There is no better time than this after the resounding win of Narendra Modi-led BJP in the Lok Sabha elections to read how Hindu revivalism took hold of the country, subjecting Nehruvian ideals to the hammer blows of majoritarianism. Thirty years before they wrote the award-winning RSS: A View to the Inside,