The cans of "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" reels. Photo courtesy Shivendra Singh Dungarpur:Film Heritage Foundation

The Extraordinary Network Across India That’s Helping Restore Our Film Heritage, One Trashed Reel At A Time

Tanul Thakur - From Alam Ara to Black Friday, from Paanch to Thalapathi, the list of Indian films whose prints have been lost is long. Not only have we lost almost 80 percent of our films made before 1964, we …

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Kamila Shamsie - My discovery of reading and the books that inspired me

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Your Handy-Dandy Guide to the Bihar Assembly Elections

Rishi Majumder - Bihar will see Assembly elections before the end of November this year. But the ga…

  • Indian Summers, the British TV series. Image courtesy Channel 4 via Facebook
    Good People and Bad People Meet in Shimla Priyamvada Gopal - Grist Media - Fri 17 Apr, 2015

    The UK television show ‘Indian Summers’, set in the 1930s Raj summer capital of Shimla, has been Channel 4's most expensive drama ever. As it concludes its finale this … More »Good People and Bad People Meet in Shimla

    Indian Summers, the British TV series. Image courtesy Channel 4 via Facebook

    The UK television show ‘Indian Summers’, set in the 1930s Raj summer capital of Shimla, has been Channel 4's most expensive drama ever. As it concludes its finale this weekend and readies for a second season, will it go beyond an understanding of the British Empire as largely a case of bad manners and political incorre …

  • Farmer's walk. By Niranjan Ramesh via Flickr CC BY 2.0
    Are Farmers Going to Be Modi’s Biggest Blind Spot? Bhavdeep Kang - Grist Media - Wed 15 Apr, 2015

    Narendra Modi declares his commitment to farmers all the time but his government has steadily acted against them. The political cost is going to be steep. From rail rokos … More »Are Farmers Going to Be Modi’s Biggest Blind Spot?

    Farmer's walk. By Niranjan Ramesh via Flickr CC BY 2.0

    Narendra Modi declares his commitment to farmers all the time but his government has steadily acted against them. The political cost is going to be steep. From rail rokos and stone-pelting to urea trucks being looted, farmers across the country are increasingly ranged against the NDA government.

  • Three Supreme Court Orders Later, What's the Deal with Aadhaar? Usha Ramanathan - Grist Media - Mon 13 Apr, 2015

    By law, you should not be denied any government service in India if you don’t have an Aadhar card number. So why do various government programs continue to ignore three … More »Three Supreme Court Orders Later, What's the Deal with Aadhaar?

    By law, you should not be denied any government service in India if you don’t have an Aadhar card number. So why do various government programs continue to ignore three Supreme Court orders and insist on the dreaded number, and how are they getting away with it?

  • A veterinary team examines a donkey near Meerut. Photo courtesy The Brooke via Facebook..jpg
    Five problems ailing veterinary medicine in India that you should know about Menaka Rao - Grist Media - Fri 10 Apr, 2015

    Besides our attachment to pet animals,India’s livestock industry alone contributes almost four percent of the GDP. So why does veterinary medicine in India languish with … More »Five problems ailing veterinary medicine in India that you should know about

    A veterinary team examines a donkey near Meerut. Photo courtesy The Brooke via Facebook..jpg

    Besides our attachment to pet animals,India’s livestock industry alone contributes almost four percent of the GDP. So why does veterinary medicine in India languish with perennial problems?

  • The Indian workers' quarters at the 'Man Camp'. Photo courtesy SPLC
    The Slave Ship that Ran from Kerala to New Orleans Padmaparna Ghosh - Grist Media - Wed 8 Apr, 2015

    Post Hurricane Katrina, a whole new American dream was designed for some Indians — how to get trapped in a guarded labor camp by an American company. Five of these Indians … More »The Slave Ship that Ran from Kerala to New Orleans

    The Indian workers' quarters at the 'Man Camp'. Photo courtesy SPLC

    Post Hurricane Katrina, a whole new American dream was designed for some Indians — how to get trapped in a guarded labor camp by an American company. Five of these Indians just won $14 million in damages in their fight for justice and dignity, in one of the largest labor trafficking cases in US history. There are more than …

  • No Hablo Espanol
    Why Spanish Is On Its Way to Becoming One of India’s Favoured Foreign Languages Margot Cohen - Grist Media - Mon 6 Apr, 2015

    The New Delhi branch of the Instituto Cervantes had the highest number of enrollments in the world in 2014. In Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, young people are betting on … More »Why Spanish Is On Its Way to Becoming One of India’s Favoured Foreign Languages

    No Hablo Espanol

    The New Delhi branch of the Instituto Cervantes had the highest number of enrollments in the world in 2014. In Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, young people are betting on Spanish for their big city dreams. What’s going on with desi learners of Espanol?

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    Hello? Anyone seen my swine flu mutation? Deepika Sarma - Grist Media - Thu 2 Apr, 2015

    An MIT study says the swine flu sweeping India might be a deadly new mutation. The National Institute of Virology in Pune firmly disputes this. How can there be such … More »Hello? Anyone seen my swine flu mutation?

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    An MIT study says the swine flu sweeping India might be a deadly new mutation. The National Institute of Virology in Pune firmly disputes this. How can there be such a vast difference of opinion? Could both be right or both be wrong? Is there a scientific conspiracy, a cover up, a screw up or something else entirely? We …

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    Does Kerala need a share of the Rs 200 crore Naxal pie? Thufail PT - Grist Media - Mon 30 Mar, 2015

    This month the Kerala Home Minister approached the Union government to declare three districts from the state as Naxal-affected. But does the state have a Naxal problem … More »Does Kerala need a share of the Rs 200 crore Naxal pie?

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    This month the Kerala Home Minister approached the Union government to declare three districts from the state as Naxal-affected. But does the state have a Naxal problem and who would it benefit to have it declared so?

  • That Thing About Creating Nalandas
    That Thing About Creating Nalandas Mridula Koshy - Grist Media - Fri 27 Mar, 2015

    If India were to have one library for every 3,000 people it would need around 4,23,333 libraries. It is estimated that India has 54,856 libraries. A recent national conference … More »That Thing About Creating Nalandas

    That Thing About Creating Nalandas

    If India were to have one library for every 3,000 people it would need around 4,23,333 libraries. It is estimated that India has 54,856 libraries. A recent national conference talked of ways to fix this, but are numbers all that we are falling short on?

  • How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh
    How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh Chatura Rao - Grist Media - Wed 25 Mar, 2015

    Sushant Singh Rajput and the man behind the star. And how Dibakar Banerjee moulded him into the beloved everyman detective, Byomkesh Bakshy. More »How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh

    How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh

    Sushant Singh Rajput and the man behind the star. And how Dibakar Banerjee moulded him into the beloved everyman detective, Byomkesh Bakshy.

  • Graphic on Marathwada
    What is terrorizing Marathwada’s farmers? Nidhi Jamwal - Grist Media - Mon 23 Mar, 2015

    The hailstorm and unseasonal rains in 2014 that destroyed the rabi crop were thought to be freak events until they happened again this year, spurring fears of a sharp … More »What is terrorizing Marathwada’s farmers?

    Graphic on Marathwada

    The hailstorm and unseasonal rains in 2014 that destroyed the rabi crop were thought to be freak events until they happened again this year, spurring fears of a sharp rise in the number of farmer suicides, bidding to outrun Vidarbha in its tragic scale.

  • Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?
    Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry? Sonam - Grist Media - Fri 20 Mar, 2015

    These days several Indian cities are enlivened by splashes of color: an imaginative mural, a stylish tag, a critical stencil. Street art and graffiti seem to be sprouting … More »Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?

    Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?

    These days several Indian cities are enlivened by splashes of color: an imaginative mural, a stylish tag, a critical stencil. Street art and graffiti seem to be sprouting everywhere, but there is growing skepticism in the community on what it means when our consumer culture starts patronizing this usually unsanctioned art …

  • A supporter of Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, waves an Indian flag next to a cut-out of party leader Arvind Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Delhi in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. The AAP, headed by the former tax official who had remade himself into a champion for clean government, won 67 of the 70 seats in recent elections. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
    Is the AAP Crumbling? Again? Avalok Langer - Grist Media - Wed 18 Mar, 2015

    Despite its incredible win in the Delhi polls, the party’s implosion started a while ago. A look at how all the infighting and backbiting has been steadily coming to … More »Is the AAP Crumbling? Again?

    A supporter of Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, waves an Indian flag next to a cut-out of party leader Arvind Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Delhi in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. The AAP, headed by the former tax official who had remade himself into a champion for clean government, won 67 of the 70 seats in recent elections. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Despite its incredible win in the Delhi polls, the party’s implosion started a while ago. A look at how all the infighting and backbiting has been steadily coming to a boil.

  • Suzette Jordan
    When I Die, I Want A Party Shriya Mohan - Grist Media - Mon 16 Mar, 2015

    In June 2013, the writer met Suzette Jordan a week after she’d decided she would no longer be stifled by the name, ‘The Park Street Rape Victim’ and all that it implied. … More »When I Die, I Want A Party

    Suzette Jordan

    In June 2013, the writer met Suzette Jordan a week after she’d decided she would no longer be stifled by the name, ‘The Park Street Rape Victim’ and all that it implied. And there began a quiet friendship. This week, shaken by the news of Jordan’s sudden death, the writer attends the funeral and joins the family in remembering …

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    Things I learned at the Asian Women’s Festival Trisha Gupta - Grist Media - Fri 13 Mar, 2015

    The International Association of Women in Radio and Television held its Asian Women’s Film Festival again this year, showcasing the work of women, but not necessarily … More »Things I learned at the Asian Women’s Festival

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    The International Association of Women in Radio and Television held its Asian Women’s Film Festival again this year, showcasing the work of women, but not necessarily about women. Here’s what our writer found.

  • Masarat Alam Bhat, a Kashmiri separatist leader, speaks on his mobile phone at his residence in Srinagar.
    Masarat Alam Bhat, a Kashmiri separatist leader, speaks on his mobile phone at his residence in Srinagar.

    And what's with Jammu & Kashmir’s Public Safety Act?

  • 2. Karl Marx Road, a major commercial center in Vijayawada.
    Is Capital Fever Making Vijayawada Ill? Vivekananda Nemana and Suresh Ghattamaneni - Grist Media - Mon 9 Mar, 2015

    For decades this colorful, swaggering town has dreamt of escape, of leaving, of the US. But now it’s going to be Andhra Pradesh’s capital, and a rush of new money is … More »Is Capital Fever Making Vijayawada Ill?

    2. Karl Marx Road, a major commercial center in Vijayawada.

    For decades this colorful, swaggering town has dreamt of escape, of leaving, of the US. But now it’s going to be Andhra Pradesh’s capital, and a rush of new money is happily ramming into the old city. There are many with fever dreams for everything ‘World Class’, but does anyone really want to stay in Vijayawada?

  • In a first, Parliament seeks to impeach judge over sexual harassment Menaka Rao - Grist Media - Fri 6 Mar, 2015

    Why 58 Rajya Sabha members have signed this petition and everything else you need to know. More »In a first, Parliament seeks to impeach judge over sexual harassment

    Why 58 Rajya Sabha members have signed this petition and everything else you need to know.

  • "Yes and No" by Abhi on Flickr/cc by 2.0
    Why Indian medical research wants you to smile for the camera Margot Cohen - Grist Media - Wed 4 Mar, 2015

    At the heart of every scandal around drug trials in India has been one question: did the research subject really know what he or she was getting into? For the first time, … More »Why Indian medical research wants you to smile for the camera

    "Yes and No" by Abhi on Flickr/cc by 2.0

    At the heart of every scandal around drug trials in India has been one question: did the research subject really know what he or she was getting into? For the first time, we might have a clear answer, thanks to a cool new innovation in medical research.

  • Nirupabai from Barkuta and Lalubai from Vidyanagar protest against mining expansion at the public hearing in Korba, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Rohini Mohan..jpg
    Why Do they Protest Being Looted When It’s for their Own Good? Rohini Mohan - Grist Media - Tue 3 Mar, 2015

    In Chhattisgarh’s infamously polluted Korba, Nirupabai came with her aged mother to protest the mine’s expansion that will wipe out her village and put them on the road. … More »Why Do they Protest Being Looted When It’s for their Own Good?

    Nirupabai from Barkuta and Lalubai from Vidyanagar protest against mining expansion at the public hearing in Korba, Chhattisgarh. Photo by Rohini Mohan..jpg

    In Chhattisgarh’s infamously polluted Korba, Nirupabai came with her aged mother to protest the mine’s expansion that will wipe out her village and put them on the road. In Delhi, Baldiya Rana came with her aged mother to protest the new Land Ordinance that now lets the government grab land without the owner’s consent. …

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  • Where do Adivasis stand in Indian law?
    Where do Adivasis stand in Indian law? Grist Media - Fri 27 Feb, 2015
    Where do Adivasis stand in Indian law?

    Adivasis constitute 8.6 percent of Indians. The Constitution has always aimed to protect their interests. Has the law? …

  • Siddharth Vihar is gone. And with it, an important piece of Dalit history
    Siddharth Vihar is gone. And with it, an important piece of Dalit history

    While the Maharashtra government is going over plans to spend Rs 30 crore to buy the London bungalow that BR Ambedkar once stayed in, Siddharth Vihar, the boys’ hostel in Mumbai that was once the site of important political and cultural activity within the Dalit community, has been demolished. Close to a hundred students have currently been left in the lurch as a result, but here’s why the demolition means so much more. …

  • What I Learned by Reading Every Budget Speech Since India got Independence
    What I Learned by Reading Every Budget Speech Since India got Independence

    In 68 years, Budget speeches have provided an idiosyncratic, potted history of the country. And no aspect of the Budget has been more fascinating than that of income tax. From socialist Strict Uncle-style disapproval of high income and a focus on egalitarian ideals to a markedly capitalist approach, here's how income tax has changed over the years. …

  • Why Your Car is a Chemistry Lab on Wheels
    Why Your Car is a Chemistry Lab on Wheels Grist Media - Fri 20 Feb, 2015
    Why Your Car is a Chemistry Lab on Wheels

    What makes cars one of the most successful inventions of all time? The answer lies in science. …

  • Which Players Will We Remember from this World Cup?
    Which Players Will We Remember from this World Cup?

    Even in this age of globalized sport, multiple new formats and around-the-clock coverage, the cricket World Cup is unique in how it can transform young players’ performances and reputations. From newcomers to international cricket, like Haris Sohail and Axar Patel to more established young guns like Kane Williamson and Adam Milne, this tournament is already throwing up some fresh faces who are trying to deliver on the promise of a lifetime. …

  • The Final Sanjana and Other Truths About the New Horrex Heroine
    The Final Sanjana and Other Truths About the New Horrex Heroine

    Why do horrex heroines in Bollywood rarely get to take charge when it comes to ghostbusting? What should really scare them is a creature that walks on two legs. …

  • This Valentine’s Day, should we reserve our love for instant noodles?
    This Valentine’s Day, should we reserve our love for instant noodles?

    Is happiness an empty word? Is love only about hormones and neurotransmitters? Our writer ruminates on the confusing urge to send romantic love packing. And why she hasn’t done it yet. …