Book Excerpts

A file photo of B.R. Ambedkar
In this excerpt from her book 'Indian Extincts', Miniya Chatterji writes that stalwarts of Indian politics, literature and religion would have been declared anti-national by today's standards.
A farmer at work | Representational image
This excerpt from the book 'Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows by Kota Neelima' deals with how farmer suicides have affected lives in Maharashtra. 
The book 'Split' and Taslima Nasreen
In this excerpt from 'Split', which was once banned in Bengal, Taslima Nasreen talks about the response she received for her book Lajja and the impact of BJP translating it.
Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif
In this excerpt from 'Do We Not Bleed-Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani', journalist Mehr Tarar writes about how India-Pakistan relations can improve
book cover of Chup (left) with author Deepa Narayan (right)
In this excerpt from 'Chup- Breaking the silence about India’s women', author Deepa Narayan talks about how women are expected take up as little space as possible.
Man wearing a Narendra Modi mask at an election rally|
In this excerpt from his book 'The Free Voice', NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar explains why a dissenting citizen is real strength of a democracy. 
In this excerpt, Ornit Shah explains how electoral democracy, shaped by the imagination of bureaucrats, came to life through universal adult franchise.
Madras High Court
In this excerpt from his book Whither Indian Judiciary, Justice Katju talks about his disclosures about the Madras HC corruption, the true facts and what happened.
Manmohan Singh
In this excerpt from 'Ballot: Ten Episodes that Have Shaped India’s Democracy' author Rasheed Kidwai writes about the various battles in the UPA government. 
Narendra Modi pays tribute to Veer Savarkar | Narendra Modi official page
In this excerpt from his book 'Why I Am A Hindu', Congress MP Shashi Tharoor explains Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's vision of Hindutva and how it was closely linked with nationalism. 

On Camera

Sri Lankan soldiers inspect the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church, Sri Lanka | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Sri Lanka attacks mark birth of terrorism 3.0

Terrorism 3.0 is defined by the Islamic State — a globally dispersed, highly lethal, financially capable, deeply innovative organisation.

Sri Lanka terror attack: Did the world let its guard down on ISIS?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, which have killed more than 300 people till last count.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.