“I write with the same hands that carried shit”: Reading Pandiyakannan’s ‘Salavaan’
The Tamil writer Pandiyakannan, the first novelist from the Kuravar community, offers an intimate portrait of the lives of manual scavengers
Ashik Kahina | May 25, 2023
Meena Kandasamy’s feminist intervention on the Tirukkural
The unparalleled Tamil classic’s third part, covering desire, was long overlooked, but Kandasamy’s new translation looks precisely at it to challenge convention
Kavitha Muralidharan | Apr 11, 2023
Canadian-Tamil comedian Sunthar V navigates queerness and Tamil identity
Sunthar V, founder of the Tamil Comedy Club in central London, attempts to push social boundaries with his comedy in Chennai
Sowmiya Ashok | Mar 27, 2023
Karunanidhi and the long shadow of Sri lanka
Between Dravidian politics of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka's Tamil nationalism.
Vaasanthi | May 28, 2020
Towards caste majoritarianism?
S Anand | Sep 01, 2010
We can only look forward…
...when we no longer have to look back.
Meena Kandasamy | Apr 01, 2010
Cynthia Sthephen | May 01, 2009
Big Brother’s conundrum
Satya Sivaraman | Feb 09, 2009
Knitwear’s race to the bottom
Tripur, in Tamil Nadu has become a glowing- and scalding example of India's plunge into globalised development.
S Gautham | Feb 01, 2008
In Mizoram, a refugee crisis highlights Mizo tribal affinities and hostility
Shared Zo identity has Mizos extending hospitality to Chin and Kuki-Chin refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh. More remarkable is that Chakmas, mistreated by the Mizo majority in Mizoram, have welcomed Kuki-Chin refugees too
The political fallout of violence in Manipur, Bangladesh’s economic crisis, the crackdown on PTI supporters and more
May - Updates and analysis from around the region
In ‘Agra’, a grim portrait of the repressed Indian man
Director Kanu Behl’s Hindi feature film examines the sexual obsession and frustration of men, mental health and the transactional nature of human relationships in a patriarchal society where space is in short supply
When neoliberalism came to the Indian farm
With a focus on agricultural policy since the 1990s, 'Distress in the Fields' demonstrates how neoliberal interventions sowed the seeds of the crisis faced by farmers today