Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Sunanda K Datta-Ray is a journalist and author of several books. He is an Open contributor

All the Presidents’ Mien
All the Presidents’ Mien

Nixon gave away Patricia pens and Carter recited the Gita and Obama brought a dog called Khan and...

21 February 2020
CAA: A Moral Amendment
CAA: A Moral Amendment

The CAA is the only hope of survival that the 17 million Hindus still left in Bangladesh can clutch at

24 January 2020
Saffron Star Over Bengal

What will Syama Prasad Mookerjee make of his home state today?

31 May 2019
Painting by Jamini Roy
Didi & Didis

The new gender renaissance in Bengal politics has a rich backstory

11 April 2019
Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee: The Iron Sister

The strongwoman with a human face

21 February 2019
(L-R) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,  Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter Lee Wei Ling  and son Lee Hsien Yang
If only Lee Kuan Yew could rise from the dead

Family feud in paradise

24 January 2019
Rahul hugging his father at his grandmother's cremation
Youth is Rahul’s Oldest Tradition

A brief history of how he has been trained for power

13 December 2018
Masetto with the nuns in the film The Decameron (1971)
Inside the Metoo Crucible

Can the accused be a victim too?

15 November 2018
Subhas Chandra Bose's nieces (On horses in the forefront) celebrate Azad Hind Day in 1947
Calcutta of the Mind

Modern India’s first capital was also its most global

04 October 2018


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 several books, including Doolally Sahib and the Black Zamindar: Racism and Revenge in the British Raj

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 professor of English at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Views are personal.


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