Publications

Three thoughts for the Republic

On standing to reason, avoiding more moral panic and guarding against coercive majoritarianism For quiet contemplation on Republic Day: Our Republic is founded on Reason Of course, government and citizens...

On Hollande’s mind

Indeed, a closer relationship with New Delhi is vital to France’s continued standing as an important global power in the twenty-first century. It was far sighted on behalf of the...

Don’t worry about anti-nationals

India is not threatened by people with anti-national ideas This blog is a votary of Indian nationalism—which it contends is essentially of a liberal, plural and non-supremacist nature. As a...

Our bane

An ancient evil returns It always lurked behind the flimsy wall We were trying to build Pretending That it was strong enough To keep it out. An ancient evil returns...

Secular judges, religious matters and liberal values

Analysing policy issues concerning religion and the judiciary in the Indian republic is complicated In today’s lead column in The Hindu I argue that India runs the risk of slipping...

Talking about the Asia beyond Pakistan

What does India’s search for a new equilibrium state in its engagement with West Asia imply? By Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) As the “talks about talks” with Pakistan continue to garner more-than-required attention...

Terrorists, veto and the peace process

Terrorists should not be allowed to force us into talks either After a terrorist attack on India in response to an Indian overture to resume dialogue with Pakistan, we often...

Well played!

Such meetings change the narrative of hostility between the two countries to one of engagement, only until the military—jihadi complex retaliates. by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) While analysts like me were following...

A conversation with historian Srinath Raghavan

The winner of the 2015 Infosys Prize in social sciences talks about researching history, writing books and the subject of his next book

Why Ismat Chugtai’s stories should not be dropped from Rajasthan’s school textbooks

What would be the purpose of Literature, or even more simply, stories, if we were confined to read only those identical to our own

Orhan Pamuk’s strange and sublime realms

Pamuk makes readers from all over the world recognise Istanbul as their own

An old book in these new times

A Fine Balance, written two decades ago, finds resonance in the present time of religious fragmentation and political decay

How I discovered the genius of Jhumpa Lahiri

A single-sitting reading of The Lowland made me realise how Lahiri's work is extremely layered and much deeper than just the words on the page.

The political strategy Pakistan’s battlefield nukes

India and the world should demolish Pakistan’s political strategy around short-range low-yield nuclear weapons by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Quartz India carried a piece today titled “Pakistan’s army is building an arsenal of...

Why India should not get into the fight against ISIS

The jihadi threat to India comes from Pakistan, not Syria. Upon his return from the United States, defence minister has announced that India is prepared for an operation against ISIS...

A conversation with historian Srinath Raghavan

The winner of the 2015 Infosys Prize in social sciences talks about researching history, writing books and the subject of his next book

Here we go again

Dialogue with Pakistan should be part of an overall strategy. “What was being done as composite dialogue, and was later called the resumed dialogue, will now be called the comprehensive...

Why Ismat Chugtai’s stories should not be dropped from Rajasthan’s school textbooks

What would be the purpose of Literature, or even more simply, stories, if we were confined to read only those identical to our own

Climate Change is like God

The Geostrategy Fun Department offers five reasons how the two constructs — climate change and God are eerily similar. Few (read: none) have seen either, but their existence is widely accepted....

On coercive majoritarianism

Why it is not about mere “intolerance” Some of the most important issues in Indian political discourse are confused by wrong language: we either misuse certain terms or just frame...

The ISIS threat to India: an assessment

In what ways is ISIS a threat to India? by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) The Paris terror attacks by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) have quite naturally fueled concerns about...

Afghanistan’s India outreach

The likely transfer of four attack helicopters from India to Afghanistan marks a significant change in the positions of not only India and Afghanistan, but also that of the US. by...

It’s money that matters in China-UK’s new found love

By Rahul Sharma Kate Middleton’s snazzy red dress, a hop into a neighbourhood pub for a pint of beer with Prime Minister David Cameron and a jolly ride with Queen...

Orhan Pamuk’s strange and sublime realms

Pamuk makes readers from all over the world recognise Istanbul as their own

Do you have change?

By Siddarth Gore Moving from cash to a cashless economy What is your greatest fear while travelling in an autorickshaw? Besides the fear of getting thrown out during a wild...

An old book in these new times

A Fine Balance, written two decades ago, finds resonance in the present time of religious fragmentation and political decay

Reflections on India’s Nepal policy

What should India do in response to the protests on the Indo—Nepal border? by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Creating a new Republic is, at any rate, a gargantuan task. Seldom do...

Modi in the Valley

There are lessons and reflections for Narendra Modi in Silicon Valley This is the original English version of an op-ed published in Hindi, in Nai Dunia, Indore, today. If California...

How I discovered the genius of Jhumpa Lahiri

A single-sitting reading of The Lowland made me realise how Lahiri's work is extremely layered and much deeper than just the words on the page.

On Writing Well

A conversation with journalist and author Samanth Subramanian, on writing as a craft, and on narrative non-fiction writing.
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