Fragments of grace: Partition through a personal lens

Partition of the subcontinent is an uneasy theme in India. Despite a growing literature on the topic, there is little public debate or discussion on the issue. Nor is there a single public monument to what Sunil Khilnani described as the “unspeakable sadness” that produced the world’s largest migration and a death toll estimated at […]

Accommodation, Co-option, Assimilation

In a recent essay (Caravan May 2016) on the drift of the times, writer-thinker Arundhati Roy highlighted the link between State-backed right-wing vigilantism and the climate of bigotry, violence and impunity in mainland India. She articulated several uncomfortable truths regarding mainland India amongst which was the complicity of all political parties including the Left in […]

Sexual crimes by state personnel and Kashmir’s case for self-determination

Sexual crimes by state personnel and Kashmir’s case for self-determination

“People listened to the victim and they listened to the politicians, but this voice that says: I did this, we did things that were wrong – crimes actually – that’s a voice I did not hear” (David Grossman quoted by Jacqueline Rose, The Last Resistance, 2007). Among conflict and war-torn regions, Kashmir has one of […]

From periphery to mainland India

From periphery to mainland India

It’s just the chicken coming home to roost India’s writers, artists, scientists, historians, film-makers, academics and members of civil society have rightfully condemned the creeping climate of violence, prejudice and intolerance sweeping across the country. Such protests are a moral and ethical force amidst a deepening darkness. Extraordinary as the protests are, their focus is […]