Thursday, 20 January, 2022


Indian sex writers are too embarrassed to write well. Unlike good sex, they lack passion

In 'Why Don't You Write Something I Might Read?', Suresh Menon says Indian sex writing evokes either laughter or pity.

Discipline can’t override justice. India needs independent prosecution within military

In 'March to Justice', Navdeep Singh says military justice can be improved with independent trials. But India has none of it.

Sufi mystics from 1370s changed Kashmir’s identity. But orthodoxy of 1970s is the challenge

In 'Kashmir at the Crossroads: Inside a 21st-Century Conflict' scholar Sumantra Bose presents an authoritative account of the Kashmir conflict.

One way for women to tackle an uneven playing field—choose a boss, not a job

In 'Awakening the Rainmaker', Nishtha Anand maps out how women have carved out their own space within a corporate world.

When a lightman referred to Amitabh Bachchan as ‘bhagwan’ during a shoot

In 'A Place in My Heart', Anupama Chopra gives an insight into what it means to be both a fan and a critic in Bollywood.

Kashmir was never an issue. India moved on from Partition, but Pakistan couldn’t

In 'The Kashmir Conundrum', General N.C. Vij looks into the troubled history of Kashmir, and how Pakistan kept the pot boiling.

Pop Goes India—my suggestion to Rajiv Gandhi when he wanted to promote rock: Remo Fernandes

In his autobiography, Remo Fernandes talks about how he was one of the faces behind India's revolution in pop music.

That Himalayas were always deva bhumi is a myth. Heartland loyalists inflated obscure legends

In 'Mountain Temples & Temple Mountains', Nachiket Chanchani uncovers the history of India's 'sacred' mountain range.

The 50-year hunt for the Indian Flight Lieutenant who went ‘missing’ in 1971

In '1971: Charge of the Gorkhas and Other Stories' Rachna Bisht Rawat collects tales of extraordinary courage and fortitude of the Indian armed forces.

India was ‘Great game’ for British. Its ‘Mogul Emperor’ gave East India Company prestige

In 'Siege of Delhi', Amarpal Singh shows how the surviving Mughal dynasty became a puppet for the British in India.

On Camera


UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, January 2022 | PTI

TV news is 90% politicians, 5% experts, 5% anchors. UP coverage is finally changing that

‘First to report’ — TV channels love self-praise. But when it comes to UP elections, they are doing something actually praise-worthy.
Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.


File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.