Pallavi Polanki

Child Sex Abuse and the Law

As Parliament gets set to reconvene, a bill to protect children from sexual abuse is on the agenda. Author Pinki Virani has warned that the bill might end up as a ‘graveyard of good intentions’ unless parts of it are redrafted. She explains to Open where the draft bill falls short

20 July 2011
Where Queer is Cool

The Union health minister’s attitude to alternative sexuality is typical of a prejudiced majority. For queer students who suffer alienation or worse, relief comes in the form of a campus network

07 July 2011
Being Mrs Veerappan

Married at 16, widowed at 31, arrested at 35, acquitted at 38, the wife of the forest brigand reluctantly talks about a life she did not choose

09 June 2011
“I am a Bengali writer, I need to live in Bengal”

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who’s writing yet another autobiography, says she’s awaiting the ‘green’ signal to return to West Bengal

01 June 2011
Maya’s land grab, Rahul’s bike ride

A chief minister loses the plot in Uttar Pradesh. A challenger grabs the opportunity. But this ought to be about a fair deal for farmers, not the 2012 polls

15 May 2011
A Spy in Pakistan

After 27 years in Pakistan prisons, Gopal Dass got a hero’s welcome when he returned last week to his village in Punjab. He was on a spying mission for India when he was arrested near Sialkot in 1984. Hard as they come, Gopal Dass tells his story.

14 April 2011
The Abandoned Blood Trail

Traces of Hemraj’s blood were found on a pillow belonging to Krishna, Dr Rajesh Talwar’s compounder who lived nearby. Yet, the CBI chose to ignore this

03 March 2011
The Aftermath

How an inept police and an insensitive media made it worse.

04 February 2011
Quit India Movement

A quiet, protectionist tweak of India’s visa rules is forcing hordes of foreign expats to up and leave the country

21 January 2011
“Do not let others define you”

The managing editor of TwoCircles.net, an English news website for Indian Muslims, speaks to Open on what makes his website unique.

15 December 2010


Mehr Tarar

Mehr Tarar is a well-known Pakistani columnist and author

Nanditha Krishna

Nanditha Krishna is a historian, author and environmentalist, and director of the CPR Institute of Indological Research in Chennai

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of the forthcoming book Swami Vivekananda: Hinduism and India’s Road to Modernity

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His next book, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism, will be published in early 2018 by Cambridge University Press


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