Shougat Dasgupta

All Over the Map

A rich and capacious second novel spreads across Ireland, India and America, but turns into a fable when it doesn’t quite come together

11 September 2014
The American Autumn

The wave of protests in American cities has been variously panned as leaderless, rudderless, purposeless... but perhaps America is rediscovering the messy nature of democracy

15 October 2011
(Fading) Superpower Games

America has taken upon itself this last decade to reshape the world in its own disfigured image. Will it spend the next decade recoiling from the result?

08 September 2011
The Death of Counterculture

Even ten years after 9/11, American popular culture continues to mimic the hollow piety of the political establishment. Granted the honourable exceptions

08 September 2011
Old and Best Dead

News of the World finally fell victim to its own perverted overreach, but there’s nothing to give hope that it won’t soon produce a clone

14 July 2011
Exorcising the Ghost of Geronimo

More than the sobering effect an ill-advised codename might have had on giddy Americans celebrating the Osama killing, it was a reminder of the country’s own historical injustices

19 May 2011
A Beautiful Anarchy

At their heart, WikiLeaks and its future spawns represent an alternative architecture for democracy, putting power in the hands of many rather than a few

23 December 2010
More Cardboard Cutouts

Indians are popping up on American television screens in new and still typecast ways, typically for the laughs they get. Watch awhile, though, and you know this is mostly about America coming to terms with emerging realities

16 December 2010
Parody Central

What Obama has done to America is visible in what its comedians are saying. Take, for example, two avowedly apolitical rallies recently held in the US capital

03 November 2010


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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