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.
How did paperback books change reading?
Paperbacks became a cultural artefact which successfully pushed popular common sense, or conventional wisdom, towards an entirely new direction.
None of us is exempt: Arundhati Roy
As Roy writes in her apology note, her work has to be judged in terms of her consistent output and political positions, and not one stray remark uttered in a fit of absentmindedness nearly ten years ago. Yet, what we say in fits of absentmindedness does lead to some insight. In this instance the insight to be gained is stark.
T. M. Krishna dons M. S. Subbulakshmi's mantle
Krishna appears to be the best successor to Subbulakshmi as a public performer of the somewhat esoteric domain of classical music upholding a distinct political opinion.
Why India is not talking about the Hong Kong Protest
Strangely enough, the protest has received wide coverage in the western world but little about it has been written or discussed in India. Independence day is as good an occasion as any to ask why.
Chinese Muslims in Kashmir
This is the story of how minority Uighur Muslims from the Xianjiang province of China had fled to Kashmir, following the communist revolution in 1949, and settled there for some time.
Subscription economy is the future
Subscription economy is here to stay. By 2020, eighty percent of software providers will be subscription businesses.