Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi writes for Mint and the Caravan, besides other publications. He chairs PEN International’s writers in prison committee. Born in Mumbai, he is the author of three works of non-fiction and lives in New York.

Letter from New York

An account of life under COVID-19 from the new epicentre of the pandemic.

Apr 15, 2020

Is the mob ruling the roost?

JNU violence shows the fringe is at the Centre.

Jan 07, 2020

Caging the canary

Raids and arrests in India exhibit intolerance of dissent.

Sep 04, 2018

Of Eco and echoes

Silencing of the argumentative Indian.

Sep 17, 2016

Unaccounted citizens

The Rohingya struggle to find a place for themselves inside and outside Myanmar.

Jun 04, 2016

The tomb of Sha-Za-Fa

BOOK EXTRACT: A writer in search of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s tomb in Burma.

Dec 24, 2015

Bangladeshi inquisitions

Freedom of expression in Bangladesh is caught between the machete and the magistrate.

Sep 01, 2015

Latest Articles

Pandemics have always revealed the weakness of the Indian state

In 'Pandemic India', David Arnold offers a reflective study of Covid, cholera, plague, the Spanish flu and other historical mass contagions, from the time of the British Raj to the Modi government

Bangladesh’s BNP fights to make a political comeback

With massive anti-government rallies by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and their repression by the ruling Awami League-led government, battle lines are being drawn for the next general election

How a unique language survives in Kashmir’s tiny Burusho community

Despite being a small population, the Burusho community has been able to preserve their language through intergenerational communication and by prioritising their mother tongue over other languages in Kashmir

Pakistan needs to go beyond the 18th amendment to end the military’s role in politics

Reviving the 2010 reform process can be key to resolving Pakistan’s continued crises, but the reforms need to also target the military's massive business empire