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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

A White Elephant by the Ganges: A Russian bard’s fantasies about India
Special
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
Columns
Covid-19: Xenophobia and Tolerance in Andheri

Dispatch from a Mumbai Covid-19 hotspot

15 April 2020
Love and Literature in the time of Cholera
Guest Column
Love and Literature in the Time of Cholera

Alexander Pushkin used quarantine to write a few of his greatest works

01 April 2020
Astrakhan’s India Connection
Columns
Astrakhan’s India Connection

When Indian immigrants thrived in southern Russia

16 March 2020
Russia’s Earliest Tryst With the Bhagavad Gita
Essays
Russia’s Earliest Tryst With the Bhagavad Gita

Both Russia and India should celebrate Nikolay Novikov’s legacy given that he was one of the first cultural bridges between the countries

25 February 2020
Winter in St. Petersburg
Features
Winter in St. Petersburg

A visit to Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s House

18 January 2020
Doping Ban: Russian Sporting Prowess and Public Health
Sports
Doping Ban: Russian Sporting Prowess and Public Health

The ban on Russia in international events will be a dampener for aspiring young athletes

14 December 2019
Behind the upsurge in Stalin’s popularity
Dispatch
Behind the Upsurge in Stalin’s Popularity

Dispatch from St Petersburg

29 November 2019
Tuitions in Vrindavan: When a Russian Indologist taught George Harrison Hindi
Feature
Tuitions in Vrindavan: When a Russian Indologist taught George Harrison Hindi

When she agreed to teach the legendary English singer Hindi in the 1970s, India scholar Natalya Sazanova had no idea who the Beatles were. Over four months of lessons, George Harrison preferred to keep his fame a secret

20 September 2019
How Tsarist Russia’s intellectuals embraced Indian culture
Column
How Tsarist Russia’s intellectuals embraced Indian culture

Yoga, Sanskrit and Dharmic belief systems found their way to pre-communist Russia and were adopted by some of the foremost members of the country’s intelligentsia

04 September 2019

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 nine books, including the award-winning Water, Peace, and War : Confronting the Global Water Crisis

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 National General Secretary of the BJP and Director of 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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