The English Left: A Tragedy of Our Insular Times

February 01, 2019

Despite its early 20th-century intellectual history, English thought never sought an impact outside Britain. In the 1930s, international battalions of the left flocked to Spain to join the fight against fascism. From France came figures like André Malraux, problematically the first tomb raider...

Remembrance Day Must Include Britain’s Colonial Legacy

November 10, 2018

The small English town of Smethwick took one giant leap by honoring South Asian soldiers who fought for the British Empire. On November 4, a statue of an Indian soldier clad in British Army attire was unveiled outside a Sikh temple in the UK town of Smethwick ahead of the Armistice...

Silencing of Dissent in India Spells a Weakness of Democracy

October 25, 2017

Across India, dissenters from the mainstream narrative pay the ultimate price for their opinions. India has a rich history of questioning and philosophizing. In ancient India, women like Gargi were lauded for their ability to tire people at debates. Atal Behari Vajpayee, India’s former prime...

The Making of Hindu India

September 23, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Nilanjana Sen talks to Akshaya Mukul, the author of Gita Press and the Making of Hindu India. Gita Press emerged as an influential player in the Hindi religious publishing world in the 20th century. The founder, Jaydayal Goyandka, and promoters of the...

India: A Multitude of Problems of a Multilingual Nation

August 08, 2017

India needs more inclusive and less Hindi-alienating solutions for its language divides. The recently constructed Bangalore metro garnered sufficient controversy a while back with its decision to have Hindi signage complementing that of English and Kannada, the vernacular language of the...

Australia’s Treatment of Aboriginal People is Its Dirty Secret

April 09, 2016

There is a criminal silence around Australia’s treatment of its indigenous people. I had a call from Rosalie Kunnoth-Monks the other day. Rosalie is an elder of the Arrernte-Alyawarra people who lives in Utopia—a vast and remote region in the "red heart" of Australia. The nearest town is...

Australia Wages War On Its Own People

April 29, 2015

John Pilger argues that indigenous rights are once again being exploited in Australia. Australia has again declared war on its indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where...

Modi Must Clarify His Position on Hindu Nationalism

February 17, 2015

Modi should publicly clarify his position on Hindu nationalism and not allow others to frame the issue for him. After nearly nine months in office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a fearsome enemy: a resurgent militant, chauvinistic and violent Hindu nationalism. The identity of...

The Indian Army’s Role in Nation Building

August 14, 2013

India's army has seen its role as the nation’s “ultimate weapon” diminish. The Indian nation should have been able to look back at the country’s journey from 1947 and justifiably feel proud of the progress it has made so far. Unfortunately, the overwhelming mood in...

Beyond Acquiescence and Surveillance: Media Regulation in India

October 11, 2011

A critical analysis of current  media policy and regulation in India. The increasingly complex and elusive media landscape has thrown fresh challenges to an unsettled ecosystem of media policy in India. Advanced communications technologies have fundamentally altered the ways in which...

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