The Great Indian Drought

Sharmistha Lal reports on the water crisis that has affected 253 districts and 330 million people in the country The moment the trains arrive, activity breaks out in the otherwise listless Marathwada region of... Read More...

Anatomy of a Riot

As the Judicial Commission set up for the Muzaffarnagar riots absolves majoritarian Hindutva and political leadership of communal violence, sbcltr reviews the documentary film Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai that highl... Read More...

The Sbcltr Mixtape: Volume 03

sbcltr recommends the music you should be listening to right now We don’t like summer. It is cruel, relentless and comes with a mandatory playlist of music that sounds and feels like a rehashed version of what... Read More...

The Handwara Killings of Kashmir

Daanish Bin Nabi reports on how the Handwara case is proof that narratives are routinely changed in Kashmir to justify abuse of power Five civilians, including four youth and a 70-year-old lady were killed in... Read More...

Leicester City’s March To Glory

sbcltr tracks the amazing journey of Leicester City that have won the football English Premier League in a victory that has been described as a “fairytale” and “the most unlikely triumph in the history of team ... Read More...

Africans of India

sbcltr explores The Sidi Project by Luke Duggleby on Africans that have lived in India for centuries Intrigued by scattered reports on the internet about people of African origin living in South Asia, British... Read More...

Manufacturing Fantasy

India’s relationship with Game of Thrones goes beyond fandom. Neha Pant on the two manufacturing units of Dehradun that supply to the hit HBO series and many other Hollywood productions. Before we find out t... Read More...

The Ringal Weavers of Uttarakhand

Rohini Kejriwal and Nicholas Rixon spend time with a family of weavers in the Chamoli district to understand how ringal is their legacy and their livelihood It was after spending a few days in the South Gola r... Read More...

Mumbai Originals

Sneha Nair explores the city of Mumbai and discovers the charm of old, family-run businesses, and communities that have stubbornly held their own in the face of glaring modernity For over 500-years now, Mumb... Read More...

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...

The Sbcltr Mixtape: Volume 02

sbcltr recommends the best of music out this month In the last month we discovered many things, one of them being the acoustic magic of Miley Cyrus. Yes, you read that right. Despite our bravest measures to de... 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...

Otaku Nation

sbcltr explores the obsession of Japan in Nagaland with filmmaker Hemant Gaba Last year, 35-year-old filmmaker Hemant Gaba, who made the well-received indie film Shuttlecock Boys (2011) spent twelve days in K... 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...