Inside Chennai’s Corona War Rooms – Stories Of Social Will

Societies are complex social structures held together by many moving parts, each with a mind of its own. An untrained eye might find social orders chaotic, but the harmony is impossible to miss during times of crisis. Imagine for instance, the nationwide army of volunteers, police, health workers, bureaucrats, politicians, journalists, kitchen owners and entrepreneurs […]Read More

PV Narasimha Rao And The Truth Of 1991

Prelude This is the story of India’s Half-lion – a character lost to the crinkly pages of history. 1991 was a chaotic year. The aftermath of the Cold War and the ongoing Gulf War had left the world in turmoil. In India, it had the effect of oil prices soaring and exports dipping. The country […]Read More

Rajendra Chola’s Unprecedented Conquest Of Srivijaya

Prelude  It’s 1025 A.D. Malaysia and parts of Indonesia are still called Srivijaya.  The mighty Shailendras are ruling the archipelago and Maharajah Sangrama Vijayottungavarman is their King. They are exceptionally wealthy, owing to their unchallenged influence over international trade. A strong navy enforces their might on sea.  Meanwhile in India, the Cholas are a formidable force. They now rule over entire Eelam (Sri Lanka), Kerala, Tamil Nadu, large parts of […]Read More

Is Going All-in On Swadeshi A Good Bet Against The

Over the last few years, repeated proclamations for boycotting Chinese goods have surfaced and re-surfaced, giving young India a taste of what the swadeshi movement might have felt like back in the day. But how much water do these appeals hold in today’s context? Is sacrificing the convenience of Zoom or the fun of TikTok […]Read More

Uniform Civil Code: Social Will, Not Political Will Is The

More than six decades later, Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideas on social reform continue to cut through ideological fault lines like hot knife through butter. In his widely celebrated Annihilation of Caste, an undelivered speech he later published, Ambedkar writes – “Before the Arabs became a political power, they had undergone a thorough religious revolution started by […]Read More

Untangling the CAA Debate

“A revolution is not a dinner party or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” – Mao Tweet What does the […]Read More

The Lived Reality Of Lal Bahadur Shastri

Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Indian statesman who rose to the occasion and held the top office at a time when riots were rife, famines were prevalent and the threat of war loomed large. The enormity of his character was visible even to the blind eye, for he was soft-spoken and simple in demeanour, but […]Read More

Decoding The Bodo Peace Accord

The North-East is that part of India, which despite holding immense cultural, historic and geographic significance has remained shrouded in ignorance by both its people and its government. Unfortunately, while experts have been busy fighting on prime-time television, this region has fought one of the biggest battles against militancy and foreign insurgency, ongoing since pre-independence. […]Read More