Delhi’s best-read chaiwala tells Narendra Modi: “Those who voted against you are also the citizens of India. Act with dignity, be large-hearted and open-minded.”

As Narendra Modi prepares to stand up at Red Fort for the final time of his term, V. Kumara Swamy of The Telegraph newspaper sits down to chat with a chaiwala. Not just any old chaiwala, …

Has Shashi Tharoor come up with the best definition (so far) for ‘Achhe Din’?

Shashi Tharoor‘s felicity with the English language is, frankly, തുരക്കല്‍. So, Akash Banerjee, the AB of the six-inch screen, flips the switch and asks the Thiruvananthapuram MP, who dreams in highly accented English, the …

The wisdom of a 90-year-old woman: Why every true Hindu should oppose Hindutva

At 90, Nayantara Sahgal remains a shining light on India’s intellectual firmament: clear, cogent, strong, resolute and fiercely independent. In 2014, Sahgal—Vijayalakshmi Pandit‘s daughter and Jawaharlal Nehru‘s niece—returned the Sahitya Akademi award …

Journalism in the time of Fascism: ‘Indian media is now a kar sevak; a trojan horse of BJP-RSS’

Three days before India’s 71st Independence Day, Sashi Kumar—the civil face of Indian television (when Doordarshan was the channel around) and the man who started India’s first private news channel Asianet—made an …

‘Power changed Rama’: S.L. Bhyrappa in Uttarakanda seen through Sita’s eyes

Nearly 40 years after the Mahabharata inspired him to pen Parva, the acclaimed Kannada writer, academic and ideologue S.L. Bhyrappa‘s latest work, Uttarakanda, based on the Ramayana, will be released tomorrow, January 16. ⇒Aravind Adiga …