How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh

How to Go From Boyish to Byomkesh

Chatura Rao - 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 - The hailstorm and unseasonal rains in 2014 that destroyed the rabi crop were thought…

Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?

Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?

Sonam - These days several Indian cities are enlivened by splashes of color: an imaginative mural, …

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    The Questions We Should Be Asking Frequently About the Land Acquisition Act

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  • His Were the Streets
    His Were the Streets Grist Media - Thu 29 Jan, 2015
    His Were the Streets

    What’s written on our walls is important because sometimes our death warrants first appear there. Mohammed Hanif remembers his friend Asim Butt, an artist whose wall art seemed to have found a way of marrying JG Ballard to Habib Jalib. From hubcap lice to the backs of trucks, from Eject signs during Musharraf ’s emergency to the mythical perfume chowk, Hanif meanders through Karachi indulging his special fondness for the writing on walls. …

  • America’s Chanting Guru and His Swaying Indian Tour
    America’s Chanting Guru and His Swaying Indian Tour

    He’s supposed to be the bestselling chant artist of all time. He performed at the 2013 Grammy awards. Almost 45 years after he first came here, Krishna Das is conducting his first ticketed tour of public kirtans across India and minting some rather unusual fans of Hanuman chanting. Is it all really a spiritual hit back from the West or a long-awaited cashing in? …

  • Nothing to See Here. Move Along. Just The Uncle-ification of Urdu in India
    Nothing to See Here. Move Along. Just The Uncle-ification of Urdu in India

    What else can explain its current he-he-joking, controversy-fearing, good-job loving avatar? …

  • No historians were hurt in the making of this object
    No historians were hurt in the making of this object

    The 75th Indian History Congress this month should have been the site of another skirmish in the ongoing culture and memory wars. And the Congress waited with bated breath, convinced there'd be bloodshed. …

  • Who Will Stop The Plagiarists?
    Who Will Stop The Plagiarists? Grist Media - Sat 17 Jan, 2015
    Who Will Stop The Plagiarists?

    In the drawing room of a suburban West Delhi home sits an elderly vigilante, the head of an organization that has been tracking criminal vice-chancellors, unethical professors and copycat students since 1981. But with only the force of moral authority to help them battle plagiarism in India's scientific community, can the Society for Scientific Values keep up the good fight? …

  • If you're in your second trimester and want to get an abortion in Maharashtra, good luck
    If you're in your second trimester and want to get an abortion in Maharashtra, good luck

    The laws in Maharashtra are pitting those who fight against sex selection and those who fight for abortion rights against each other. Meanwhile it's not fun times for women. …