Anirudh Kanisetti

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All Things Policy: Religion and the State in Medieval South India

 The late 11th and early 12th centuries saw the origins of two remarkable religious traditions that have continued to survive to this day: Virashaivism and Srivaishnavism. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to history scholars Revanth Ukkalam and Prathik Sudha Murali to...

All Things Policy: The Sounds and Stories of Kerala’s Theyyam Rituals

Theyyam rituals in Kerala, performed annually by communities across the state, contain fascinating subaltern mythologies and musical practices passed down through centuries. Archaeologist and musician Aditya Mohanan joins Anirudh Kanisetti to discuss his latest research, an ethnomusicological study of Theyyam...

All Things Policy: The Other Rajputs: Purbiya Warriors in 16th century Malwa

 The 16th century saw the emergence of famous Rajput aristocratic households such as the Sisodias of Mewar – but it also saw the career of remarkable military entrepreneurs from relatively humble backgrounds, such as Silhadi of Raisen. Anirudh Kanisetti...

All Things Policy: Tibet Before the Dalai Lamas

 The Tibetan Plateau is one of Asia’s most important geopolitical regions, and it has shaped the history and culture of the continent in deep and abiding ways. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to researcher Shivam Bahuguna to understand the intricacies of...

All Things Policy: Pottery for the Gods: The Worship of Ayyanar in Rural Tamil Nadu

 Every year, hundreds of clay sculptures of horses, cows, and bulls are dedicated across Tamil Nadu to the god Ayyanar. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to photographer and filmmaker Julie Wayne about the worship of this deity and what it tells...

All Things Policy: What did the Kakatiyas do for us?

 From 160 years, the often forgotten medieval Kakatiya kingdom sprawled across modern Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and parts of Odisha and Karnataka. In its brief life, this extraordinary kingdom experimented with new forms of political organisation and warfighting, while commissioning...

All Things Policy: How Columbus Transformed Indian Cuisine

 The arrival of the Portuguese and other European powers on India’s shores profoundly impacted the subcontinent’s militaries, polities, and societies – but also its food. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to food blogger Sujata Shukla about how the arrival of new...

All Things Policy: The Dilemmas of Religious Freedom

 The French Parliament has passed a bill that will increase the state’s power over mosques. President Emmanuel Macron argues the law will bolster the country’s secular values, but will it really work? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan talk to...

All Things Policy: Uncovering the Warriors of Sinauli

 Remains dating back to nearly 4000 years ago, at the site of Sinauli in Uttar Pradesh, have revealed that the history of the Indian subcontinent in the Bronze Age is far more complex than imagined. From chariots to swords...

All Things Policy: What if Vijayanagara Won?

 What if the South Indian empire of Vijayanagara had won the fateful Battle of Talikota in 1565? The answer is more complex than we might think. Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan explore the culture, society, and geopolitics of the...
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