Vinay Lal

Vinay Lal is a cultural critic and Professor of History at University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books, including The Colonial State and Forms of Knowledge: The British in India and Insurgency and the Artist: The Art of the Freedom Struggle in India

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Virtual as Actual

Memoirs of a life lived online

23 December 2022
Truth On Trial

On March 18, 1922, Gandhi pleaded guilty and won a moral victory

18 March 2022
The Right Rebels

Pramod Kapoor restores the Royal Indian Navy Mutiny to its proper place in the history of the freedom struggle

11 March 2022
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Singing the Nation

We can begin to have a better conception of the extraordinary place of Lata in the life of the nation when we imagine how she not only embodied the nation but sang the nation

11 February 2022
The Culture of Caste

The sociology of violence in popular cinema

26 November 2021
The Enigma of Udham Singh

Jallianwala Bagh and the solitude of revenge

05 November 2021
An Objective History
An Objective History

Vidya Dehejia’s chosen artefacts relive the past, speak to the present, and occasionally portend the future

16 July 2021
Misreading the Mahatma
Misreading the Mahatma

Gandhi was not enough for Naipaul. Why he was wrong

04 June 2021
Is Reason Infected?
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Is Reason Infected?

Science and civil society in the year of the plague

26 March 2021


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MJ Akbar

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Ram Madhav

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