Art that Liberates

sbcltr speaks to Nimisha Bhanot. The artist behind the Badass Indian Pinups series Cheeky pictures that show Indian women as they ought to be--confident, sexually liberated and in-charge of themselves have b... Read More...

One of a Kind: Abhinav Deodhar

Mrinalini Singh speaks to one of the only handpan players in the country who also hand crafts Didgeridoos. On a light spring evening in Lodhi Garden, Abhinav Deodhar, 30, is sitting by the lake. He has a UFO ... Read More...

Under Siege: Hyderabad University

Ayesha Minhaz goes undercover at the University of Hyderabad to chronicle the events unfolding there The Cherlapally Central Jail of Hyderabad is bustling with visitors since the last 24 hours. Some local me... Read More...

Rape Is Legal

Kruttika Kallury explains how India is failing its women by refusing to criminalise marital rape Once upon a time, in 17th Century, there lived a Chief Justice in England by the name of Sir Mathew Hale. He wa... Read More...

Control, Paranoia, Propaganda

Setting up a special media cell to track and counter negative news is not going to work, it is only going to spread unnecessary paranoia writes Shilpa Rao “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot ... Read More...
Sukhman Dhillon

What makes a Kashmiri?

The Kashmir I knew got stuck in time and froze like Dal lake in Chille Kalaan, writes Aditia Bhalla One of the earliest memories I have of Srinagar is my grandmother asking me to head over to the local baker’... Read More...

Nomads of the Desert

Kalbeliyas were known for their dance and music, today they struggle to make ends meet With their gypsy features of light eyes and tan skin, they are hard to miss on the New Delhi traffic lights, selling last... Read More...

The Interrogation

Arif Ayaz Parrey imagines the questioning of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya by the Delhi police A Thulla (a passive aggressive term for a policeman) to Umar and Anirban:  Why did you organise an anti-na... Read More...

Bad Feminists?

Being a woman is just not enough anymore to choose who gets the chance to steer a powerful country writes Bushra Ahmed With its furious debates, patriotic hyperboles and glitzy campaign drama, nothing is more ... Read More...

Resisting the Binary

Academics Harmony Siganporia and Nosipho Mngomezulu share their thoughts on student protests from India and South Africa Have you heard from New Delhi? Have you heard from Cape Town? Every day this week, we ha... Read More...

JNU: What Actually Happened

Harshit Agarwal, who posted the following message on Quora in response to the question was in JNU when the first clashes took place on 9th February I am a JNU student studying right now and also happen to be a... Read More...

JNU: Anti-Nationals or Free Thinkers?

I don’t want khoon ka tilak or goliyon ki aarti, I don’t want Afzal in every house either. All I want is a campus back to normalcy writes Violina Bohra, a resident at Jawaharlal Nehru University My father is t... Read More...

Harassed at Work? So What

The recent appointment of R.K. Pachauri as Vice President of TERI, despite allegations of sexual harassment, prove that India is not ready to stand up for its professional women There is a huge disconnect betw... Read More...

Tibet No More, No Less

As the Reclaim Tibet movement kicks off next week, Naina Sharma undertakes a field study of Mcleodganj and discovers the mutually exclusive relationship between politics and spirituality Even though India ha... Read More...