Perpetual pasts in the age of social media
Social media platforms provide for no independent agency to verify age-related claims. Minors often make up a considerable section of their subscribers, although it is hard to find statistical details. How to limit the perpetual circulation of embarrassing material posted by children online has already emerged as a major public concern for parents, psychologists, and technology and media researchers.
Why must celebrities endorse protest movements?
Why must a popular movement with branches and spinoffs across several public and private universities across the country wait upon the endorsement from a celebrity?
A small, personal history of JNU
JNU has been an undisguised blessing in my life. When an unreserved blessing in my life is suddenly abused in the public as a mass manufacturer of malcontents, I consider it an obligation to share a few words about the positives that it contributed to my personality, outlook, and professional career.
Did Nero indeed fiddle while Rome burned?
If Nero did not fiddle while his capital was burning, how did the story come about that he did? How did he become a Satanic figure in the popular imagination, so much so that his name is practically a synonym for inexcusable cruelty?
Did Savarkar write the controversial biography?
I decided to read Barrister Savarkar and see for myself how exactly Savarkar lost all sense of proportion in deciding to write a eulogy of himself and call it a biography by another man.
Dalit politics in UP slums
When they are a sociological community, Dalits are easily enough thought of as a subject of caste discrimination as a permanent class discrimination.
Farid Bani in Guru Granth Sahib
Guru Granth Sahib was compiled by Guru Arjan in 1604 AD, that is, the very early seventeenth century. There passed a few centuries, in other words, between the death of Farid and the debut of his verses in the Sikh scripture. That has made for a number of interesting questions about the origin and afterlives of Farid Bani, as those verses came to be known.
An Indian Prime Minister in the US of A
Prime Minister Modi and his critics both need to get out of persistently wondering whether he is greater or lesser than Nehru.
The anxiety of distance: three professional historians on ‘present’ public lives of history in India
Their discussion offered an interesting opportunity to reflect on what may be loosely called the public life of history in contemporary India and how professional historians have been thinking about it.