People

A civil servant devoted to educational reform

Anita Kaul (1954-2016)


The cost of anonymity

Readers don’t just consume books, they hunger for personas. So when someone chooses to be old-fashioned and write for writing’s sake, we are not able to come to terms with it


Ghana decides to relocate Gandhi statue

India to take up issue with African leaders


Versatile artist and sculptor Yusuf Arakkal dies at 71

He worked hard to carve a place for himself in the tumultuous world of art


Bangladesh writer Shamsul Haq dead

Syed Shamsul Haq, one of Bangladesh’s best known writers, died on Tuesday at the age of 81. He was suffering from lung cancer.


All-party meet decides not to give water to T.N.

Armed with a consensus from major political parties in the State, the Karnataka Cabinet seems set for a confrontation with the Supreme Court. It began preparations to ‘defy’ the Supreme Court directive on Tuesday to release 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu.


Walking with the marginalised

Throughout his life, Manto carried the accusation of being vulgar. But he never apologised


New Chief Justices for 5 High Courts

Chief Justice of five High Courts were appointed on Friday, days after the Supreme Court told the government that there should be no delay in filling up judges’ vacancies.


Noted animal rights activist Parulekar no more

Animal rights activist Claude Lila Parulekar (81), daughter of eminent editor and founder of the Marathi daily ‘Sakal’, Nanasaheb Parulekar, passed away here on Tuesday.


Literary fiction vs genre fiction?

To divide all fiction into ‘literary’ and ‘genre’, as if one doesn’t spill over into the other, seems like an act of murdering to dissect.


Mother Teresa is now a saint

She’s so near to us, we continue to call her Mother: Pope


A journey to sainthood

Although she herself remained staunchly Catholic, her brand of religion was not exclusive... She reached out to people of all faiths


Pol plot unmasked

A white tiled building with a sloping red roof greets visitors at the small village of Dhom in the Wai taluka of Maharashtra’s Satara district. It serves as the local school.


Decoding Didi 2.0

Mamata Banerjee has hit a ‘sweet spot’ in her political career, but maintaining the momentum will be a challenge


Tearing the curtain of darkness

Mahasweta Devi, the activist and conscience-keeper, wouldn’t bother herself too much with the accolades bagged by Mahasweta Devi, the writer.


The importance of being Sidhu

If ever Navjot Singh Sidhu was patient or docile, it was during his cricketing days as an opener seeing off the pacers and waiting for the spinners, and not in his avatars as television commentator an


Eminent writer, social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

She was admitted to the Belle View Clinic last month, and was suffering from septicemia. She was later put on ventilator. Doctors said she died of multiple organ failure.


A celebration of everydayness

What Sharmila is suggesting is that no method, no matter how ethical, should be fetishised. A method is a means to an ethical end


Irom Sharmila’s next stand

Irom Chanu Sharmila’s announcement that she would end her hunger strike on August 9 has taken almost everyone by surprise.


Irom Sharmila to end fast, contest elections in Manipur

The 44-year-old activist said she would join politics as she no longer believes her fast would lead to the repeal of the “draconian” Act.