Madhavankutty Pillai

Madhavankutty Pillai has no specialisations whatsoever. He is among the last of the generalists. And also Open chief of bureau, Mumbai  

Art & Culture
The First Movie

The third of May marks one hundred years of the release of Dadasaheb Phalke’s Raja Harishchandra, the first ever Indian feature film. Paresh Mokashi, director of the Marathi film Harishchandrachi Factory, based on the making of Phalke’s film, recounts Phalke’s extraordinary adventure. As told to Madhavankutty Pillai

02 May 2013
What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard

How to create opportunity out of exaggerated humiliation à la Azam Khan

01 May 2013
Nautanki Saaley

The ethics of Bollywood trying to make capital out of tragedies like the Delhi rape

24 April 2013
The Case for Porn

A writ petition to make watching porn a non-bailable offence has got everything upside down

18 April 2013
Lie of the Land

The Survey of India’s case against Google for hosting a map making contest is laughable

10 April 2013
Death on a Train

Two helpless women find unexpected assistance

08 April 2013
Where Will the Water Go?

Linking the IPL with Maharashtra’s drought is clever but silly

04 April 2013
A Not So Considered Opinion

Deconstructing a speech made by Jaya Bachchan on India’s new anti-rape Bill in which she says many things without saying anything

26 March 2013
Between Cricket and Cancer

Yuvraj Singh’s account of how he got into the game and battled cancer is a surprisingly engaging read

24 March 2013
In the Rape Court of God

PJ Kurien is at the Vatican with the Pope while the Suryanelli rape case victim is asked to stay away from church

20 March 2013


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 the author of, among several titles, Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. His latest book is Gandhi: A Life in Three Campaigns

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is a member of the National Executive of RSS and a founding member of the governing council of India Foundation. He is the author of, among other titles, Partitioned Freedom and The Hindutva Paradigm

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape is an author and columnist. Views are personal.

TCA Raghavan

TCA Raghavan is a former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and Singapore. His first book, Attendant Lords: Abdur Rahim and Bairam Khan: Courtiers and Poets in Mughal India, was awarded the Mohammad Habib Prize by the Indian History Congress. He is also the author of The People Next Door: The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan and History Men: Jadunath Sarkar, G S Sardesai, Raghubir Sinh and Their Quest for India’s Past. His latest book is Circles of Freedom: Love, Friendship and Loyalty in the Indian National Struggle


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