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

The Sword of Shivaji

Bringing the legend of the warrior king to a new generation

09 September 2022
The Quiet Patriotism of Ravi Varma

Funded by maharajahs, admired by moderates while also welcoming the extremist vision, in his domain, the artist manifested a nationalism of his own

01 October 2021
The Colony Writes Back
The Colony Writes Back

A magisterial rejoinder to the empire and its apologists

31 January 2020
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


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 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.


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