Anirudh Kanisetti

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All Things Policy: The Queens of Medieval Kashmir

 Royal men and their conquests dominate our imagination of medieval India – but they are merely one part of an enormously diverse and complex group of societies. Medieval Kashmir offers fascinating examples of how women could rise to power...

All Things Policy: The Syncretic Rituals of South Indian Catholics

 Christianity in India is as diverse and complicated as anything else in the subcontinent. Though the story of the Portuguese and the Goan Inquisition might dominate airwaves today, the history of Catholicism in Tamil Nadu offers fascinating examples of...

All Things Policy: What Archaeology Really Tells Us About the Harappans and the Sarasvati River

 At its peak, the Harappan culture was the powerhouse of the Bronze Age world. It stretched from the lush meadows of Punjab to the salt flats of Kutch and the deserts of Sindh, its sway extending over nearly 40%...

All Things Policy: What Fiction Teaches us About Indian History

 Historical fiction can be a powerful tool to explore the individual people who have shaped our pasts. But why has it not caught on in India? What comprises good historical fiction, and what does it teach us about the...

All Things Policy: India: Continent or Subcontinent?

What makes a continent? Is it the tectonics of plates? Is it geographical boundaries? Is it population? Anirudh Kanisetti speaks to educator and history communicator Arjunan Ullas about the fascinating politics of the naming of continents, from the fictional lost...

All Things Policy: Intertwined Histories in South India’s Local Legends

 Local legends from across Southern India reveal a great deal about the complex and syncretic histories of the region. These range from Catholic goddesses who are considered the siblings of the Tamil heroine Kannagi, to legends of the Deccan...

All Things Policy: South India and Ancient Rome

 Around the turn of the first millennium CE, intrepid sailors made one of the most important discoveries in human history: the Southwest Monsoon, which could take them across the Indian Ocean. Within a century, trade across the Indian Ocean...

All Things Policy: Truck De India: Rajat Ubhaykar on India’s truckers

 Truckers are the unsung heroes of the Indian economy, working gruelling hours and spending weeks at a time travelling the country’s vast highways. And yet most of us know very little about their lives and stories. Anirudh Kanisetti speaks...

All Things Policy: Panchsheel – How a Dream Ended

 Why did Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru choose to pursue the 1954 Panchsheel Agreement with China? Was it mere naivete? Or was there realpolitik thinking involved? Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan discuss the origins and consequences of the agreement...

Technology and Geopolitics: An Indian Perspective on the Past and Future

Introduction What is technology? The question appears so banal as to barely require answering. But the question bears tremendous significance for an understanding of human history and of the turbulent geopolitics of our world. In scope, it extends from the...
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