Reviews

The caste of Karnatic music

An untold history of mrdangam makers.

| Jul 07, 2020

Vanni: A graphic history

A recent graphic novel highlights the human cost of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

| Jun 16, 2020

When India put Indians in camps

The internment of Chinese Indians during the Sino-Indian War of 1962 has contemporary echoes.

| Jun 09, 2020

The fight for the commons

Who has the power to secure and legislate public spaces in cities?

| May 25, 2020

China’s Indian Ocean?

What the simplistic narratives on China’s advances in the Indian Ocean miss.

| May 12, 2020

Chronicling Partition with Intizar Husain

A recently translated novel brings a new perspective on Partition to the English-speaking world.

| Mar 17, 2020

‘We are here because you were there’

A defence of immigration on the grounds of history, economics and security.

| Mar 06, 2020

Chronicling courtesans

A new book documents the forgotten history of tawaifs – or courtesans – in northern India.

| Feb 11, 2020

The marriages in-between

A review of Sidharthan Maunaguru’s 'Marrying for a Future: Transnational Sri Lankan Tamil Marriages in the Shadow of War'.

| Jan 29, 2020

Attesting the ‘wounded land’

A review of 'Then There Were No Witnesses' by Ahilan, translated by Geetha Sukumaran.

| Jan 27, 2020

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