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One of India’s most respected public intellectuals, Romila Thapar (below) has always been interested in how our ideas of the past inflect the present. Photo: HT

Who owns the nation state?

6 min read . 07 Apr 2018
An illustration from the Ramayan, commissioned by Maharana Jagat Singh of Mewar, Rajasthan, in the 17th century, depicts Kaikeyi demanding that Dasharatha send Rama into exile. Photo: © The British Library Board, Add. 15296(1), f.24r<br />

Love and ageing in the classics

7 min read . 20 Feb 2016
Girish  Karnad at his residence in Bengaluru. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint<br />

Girish Karnad: The Modernist

7 min read . 14 Aug 2015
Surendran’s novel is based on the 1994 Isro spy scandal. Photo: iStock<br />

Book Review: Hadal by C.P. Surendran

4 min read . 12 Jun 2015
The Murty library will go well beyond Sanskrit to texts of the subcontinent in general as well as to texts that fall outside the so-called classical period.<br />

Trickle of the classics

4 min read . 24 Jan 2015
A still from Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel ‘A Clockwork Orange’.<br />

Book Review | Here Are The Young Men

1 min read . 10 Jan 2015
A Durga idol awaiting finishing touches at Kumartuli, West Bengal. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint<br />
Historian Romila Thapar. Photograph by Valmik Thapar; courtesy Aleph Book Company <br />

Book Review | The Past As Present

5 min read . 19 Apr 2014
Wendy Doniger in Varanasi. Photo courtesy: Wendy Doniger<br />

Essay | Bullies in the state

4 min read . 15 Feb 2014
A close reading of the ancient texts reveals patterns that are repeated in the stories. Photo: Wikimedia Commons<br />

Book Review | On Hinduism

4 min read . 13 Feb 2014