Manu S Pillai

Manu S Pillai is a historian and essayist. His most recent book is The Courtesan, the Mahatma and the Italian Brahmin: Tales from Indian History

All About the Matriarch
All About the Matriarch

A tale of divorce and diverse husbands in 19th century Kerala

27 December 2019
In search of the real Savarkar
In search of the real Savarkar

The making of a revolutionary

27 September 2019
East India Company: The Evil Empire
East India Company: The Evil Empire

The White-Brown nexus comes alive in William Dalrymple’s compelling portrait of the East India Company

23 August 2019
Begum Samru: The Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech

Redeeming history from men who mythify other men

09 August 2019
A statue of Krishnadeva Raya in Anegundi village, Karnataka
Sultans and Rajas

The Hindu-Muslim rivalries for power in the Deccan were not examples of communal acrimony

20 June 2018
Arvind Sharma
Cultural Exorcism

Liberating India from the ghost of Orientalism

19 July 2017
Indira Gandhi
The Original Mrs G

A portrait of Indira Gandhi as a strong leader and formidable woman

12 July 2017
Gandhi addresses a crowd at a railway platform in Assam, 1946
Indian Railways: Track Record

The evolution of one of the world’s largest transport systems is a study on India’s cultural history as well

19 April 2017
Conquest of India
Conquest of India

The European domination over India comes alive in this dramatic narrative

18 January 2017
Rim of Life
Rim of Life

A story of the Indian Ocean that goes beyond the usual sword and battlefield narratives of history

17 August 2016


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. Views are personal

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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