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Ajay Kamalakaran

Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer and independent journalist with a special interest in Russia and the former Soviet Union

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How Chingiz Aitmatov found solace, inspiration in India

The legendary author from Kyrgyzstan wrote both in Russian and his local language

28 March 2021
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A Telugu ‘Mahakavi’ and his second motherland

Sri Sri (Srirangam Srinivasa Rao) loved the Russia of Lenin and Mayakovsky. The Telugu poet’s work also found its to way to prestigious Soviet publications

21 February 2021
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From Agra to Moscow: The Baburnama’s long journey to Russia

While Russia’s State Museum of Oriental Art displays its impressive collection of Baburnama folios from the 1590s, Uzbekistan is happy to claim the legacy of the founder of the Mughal Empire

30 January 2021
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How Chekhov’s works influenced 20th century Hindi literature

Giants of Hindi literature such as Munshi Premchand, Rajendra Yadav and Banarasidas Chaturvedi were enamoured of the works of the Russian playwright and short-story writer

23 November 2020
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What Role Can India Play in the Southern Caucasus?

New Delhi is a neutral player and can help ease the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh

02 November 2020
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How Writer Krishan Chander Inspired the ‘Father of Kyrgyz Art’

Soviet artist Semyon Chuikov visited India twice in the 1950s and fell in love with the people of the country. He tried to depict what he called the “poetic, beautiful and noble soul” of the Indian people in his paintings

13 October 2020
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The Roerichs in Kashmir and Ladakh

During their famous Altai-Himalaya expedition nearly 100 years ago, the mystical Russian family spent a few months in the then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. The suspicious British government tried to play spoilsport

26 September 2020
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How the Russians dealt with China’s ‘Ladakh-style’ incursions

China has a 4209-km long border with Russia, a significant part of which is on the Amur and Ussuri rivers

14 September 2020
A White Elephant by the Ganges: A Russian bard’s fantasies about India
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A White Elephant by the Ganges: A Russian bard’s fantasies about India

Vladimir Vysotsky, one of Russia’s most beloved 20th century poets, was fascinated with the India of his imagination, and wrote and sang a few timeless classics about the country in the 1970s

29 July 2020

Authors

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of two award-winning books on water: Water, Peace, and War and Water: Asia’s New Battleground

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is an MP and the author of, most recently, Gandhi’s Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah’s IslamWhile

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is Member, Board of Governors, India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of ‘JNU: Nationalism and India’s Uncivil Wars’. Views are personal.

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