Romila Thapar

Lives and Times

Nandini Nair

Examining the big issues of our time, from climate change to mortality to the origins of the universe

The World Is What it Is

Economy and the environment, gender and justice—the big questions of the day

A Million Multiplicities

The Indian self is a work in progress

Books: Highlights of 2018

Shashi Tharoor, TM Krishna, Daniel Ellsberg, Yasser Usman, Husain Haqqani, Mary Beard, Zadie Smith, Snigdha Poonam, Salman Khurshid, John Zubrzycki, Sheila Dikshit, Roxane Gay, Barkha Dutt, Mohammed Hanif and others

Audrey Truschke, Historian

Reclaiming the Mughal

What Is Past Is Provocation

The lamentation of Romila Thapar, our most venerable historian, is understandable: philistines have come to dominate the political space. The age of the philosopher king is gone; today it is all about spin and sound bites.


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