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‘Ancient Indians were compulsively carnivorous’

Historian and archaeologist Nayanjot Lahiri speaks to Amit Sengupta.

Kashmir: A muscular decision that has weakened India’s hand

It is a typically predictable Catch-22 scenario, and even the most muscular gamblers might have actually botched it up very, very, badly.

‘I would rather all movies were made as great art’

Ophelie Wiel speaks to Amit Sengupta on European cinema, the difference between arthouse and box office movies in Mumbai, great and stupid cinema, and why she likes Shah Rukh Khan so much.

Howdy Kashmir: When Constitutional Morality has No Takers

These are dark times not just for those who are living in an unprecedented lockdown, but also for those whose feel disenfranchised and demonised in the land of Gandhi and Nehru for their beliefs and faith in Indian democracy, as enshrined in the values of the Indian freedom movement.

Nehru and Shaikh Abdullah: Not so hunky dory

Apparently, Nehru in his heart of hearts was not happy at having dismissed and then detained Shaikh Abdullah.

Kashmir: 10 Million Dead Phones and No One to Say ‘Hello’

EDITORIAL: These are worrying times, but we may still hope to pray for peace in the days to come before the ‘normalcy of violence returns’ when phones start ringing again.

Being Black in America

In the white world, black is still not beautiful. However, Toni Morrison’s engagement as a writer was primarily about ‘how to rip that veil drawn over proceedings too terrible to relate’.

Kashmir: A Beautiful Lake in Barbed Wires

Editor’s Note: Amit was in Srinagar from August 31 to September 4, almost 25 days after Delhi declared Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory, and there was total communication lockdown. In a context where Indian journalists were not really welcome due to the open bias displayed in several TV channels, it was a challenging and difficult assignment. Here are his notes from Srinagar.

The World on a Brink

Political leadership requires balance, responsibility and a sensible leadership to create an atmosphere of predictability and security. The contrary is a recipe for disaster. In too many countries, that is precisely what we have.

Bombay Rose and the Addictive Smell of Jasmine

Gitanjali Rao speaks to Amit Sengupta about her film Bombay Rose, which has been chosen for the inaugural critic’s film in the Venice Film Festival. The film travels across the underbelly of Mumbai celebrating both the fragrance and the stink inside its rain-soaked by-lanes.

Chinese challenge to Modi’s Kashmir gamble

With an adverse international media coverage on mass human rights violations, the UN security council taking up Kashmir for the first time in 70 years, and the big powers openly meddling, despite the posturing, the Indian government is clearly on the defensive.

Personal Political: Eerie Silence

The trauma of Kashmir in the larger context of the fight for democracy and human rights.

Kashmir, Afghanistan, Trump and Modi: Mysterious Mediation

US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate in Kashmir and his rehabilitation of Pakistan as a frontline State against terror is a manifestation of India’s loss of leverage in Afghanistan after it lowered its engagement with Chabahar port and Iran.

Aren’t you supposed to behave like a woman?

Rakhshanda Jalil painstakingly examines an older heritage and history that must remain a reference point to end the deep polarisation between communities that is the reality of everyday life in India today.