Vinay Lal
Vinay Lal


  • Vivekananda In Nirvana Land

    The Story of a Phenomenon: As India celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the indelible place of his sojourns in the United States in giving shape to the mythographies that have developed around his life becomes all too apparen

    BY Vinay Lal 3 October 2013

  • From The Ludic To The Ludicrous

    To enter into Nandy’s works is to encounter a mind that is not only deeply thoughtful but also forever engaged with the suppleness and play of ideas.

    BY Vinay Lal 28 January 2013

  • Art Against Apartheid

    More than mere recounting of a banned painting's triumphant return home: palpable proof of how fortitude, equanimity, and a simple faith in the goodness of people might yet prevail amidst crushing adversity.

    BY Vinay Lal 24 November 2008

  • Obama's American Dream

    There can be little question that Obama's presidency will be much preferable to that of McCain. But to believe that Obama's election as the President of the United States represents an end to the global nightmare, one needs to hope against hope.

    BY Vinay Lal 4 November 2008

  • The Not So Noble Prize...

    Why wasn't Muhammad Yunus, an economist, who has, in the words of the Nobel Prize Committee, 'shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development', deserving of the Economics Prize?

    BY Vinay Lal 22 October 2006

  • The Spectral Order Of Sacrifice

    What sacrificial victims does the nation-state relentlessly seek? What is the symbolic register of sacrifice demanded by a modern nation-state? What sacrifices are demanded by the regime of truth, and what truths must be forsaken by the regime of sac

    BY Vinay Lal 19 October 2006

  • Emulating Israel

    The image of Israel and India as exemplary and besieged democracies having to confront "Islamic terrorists" is never very far from the mind of Indian élites, even when the argument is not pressed forth explicitly.

    BY Vinay Lal 29 August 2006

  • Railroad(ed) to Death

    With the inauguration on July 1st by Chinese President Hu Jintao of the New Tibet railway, there is now a railraod from China to Tibet; and one can only hope against hope that the Tibetans will not be railroaded to their extinction.

    BY Vinay Lal 10 August 2006

  • 'I Believe In Big Dreams'

    Presenting a transcript of the tape of President Bush practicing the Speech, to be delivered at the State Dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, recorded on-board Air Farce One, that we managed to get our hands on.

    BY Vinay Lal 27 February 2006