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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

Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
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

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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