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Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

Untold Stories From Veer Savarkar’s Life And Times

Oct 13, 2021

In this concluding volume of his sympathetic biography of the RSS icon, Vikram Sampath focuses on the Hindu Mahasabha’s role in the freedom movement and the Gandhi murder trial.

Uncle Sam Diary

Uncle Sam Diary

Jun 10, 2021

Not the ‘LA International Airport’ of Susan Raye fame. The only sound was of the trolley wheels. 'We are in a deep hole,' said the lady at the counter. 'How’s India doing?' Well…

Imperfect Korvai

Imperfect Korvai

Jul 31, 2020

This tribute to lower caste Mrdangam makers, who had an unequal relationship with Brahmin artistes, is an important social history of music

Justice Repaid In Bitter Dividends

Justice Repaid In Bitter Dividends

Feb 05, 2020

A Tamil classic doesn’t extol the central act of class violence; it speaks of life and futility

Pro Patria Mori Meets Fire-And-Brimstone

Pro Patria Mori Meets Fire-And-Brimstone

Oct 23, 2019

The winds are favourable...Savarkar is enveloped in a biographic embrace. Sampath is digressively elaborate; Purandare is concise and critical. Both are sympathetic.

Periyar EV Ramasamy -- The Man Who Opposed Mahatma Gandhi's Idea Of India

Periyar EV Ramasamy -- The Man Who Opposed Mahatma Gandhi's Idea Of India

Sep 26, 2019

Not as famous like a Jinnah or Ambedkar, Periyar fervently criticised Mahatma Gandhi but his extraordinary journey is not well documented, writes Tamil author PA Krishnan

Lengthening Shadow Of The Lifelong Quester

Lengthening Shadow Of The Lifelong Quester

Oct 17, 2018

Accessible, humane, unsparingly critical—this is a clear-headed account of the years that made the Mahatma, with a few curious absences

Swords And Chandeliers

Swords And Chandeliers

Aug 29, 2018

The Bahmanis, Vijayanagara, Shivaji...a fine history of the Deccan bristles with cruel and grand potentates, frustrated Mughals and snooty Persians

Between Avidya And Maya

Between Avidya And Maya

Jun 20, 2018

A lucid book on this greatest of Indian philosophers is to be lauded. But the attempt at a scientific validation of the assertion about Brahman falls flat.

Sectarian Fire Burns

Sectarian Fire Burns

Dec 21, 2017

Sangam-era violence was of tribal variety. Later it was between religions. Today, it’s caste riots that mostly erupt in Tamil Nadu.

History’s Forgotten Nuts

History’s Forgotten Nuts

Sep 29, 2017

For a book set during the times of Rajendra Chola, Empire teems with the most ghastly anachronisms. Yet it tells an engaging story with some verve.

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