State and Society in ‘Kantara’

By Niveditha Prasad
The state in ‘Kantara’ is an ambiguous presence whose place in the narrative is grey. It appears as the post-colonial state in 1990, in an India at the cusp of neoliberalism. There are bikes, telephone poles, bottled soda drinks and freely flowing Scotch.

India’s 75th Independence Day and Religious Intolerance

By Arshad Azmi
“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” would have been more successful if it had focused on the prevention of rising religious fundamentalism, fanaticism, orthodoxy, and intolerance, which are bent on hollowing out the diversity of our peaceful, democratic, and tolerant society, instead of making citizens comply with the norms of displaying flags in or outside of residences.

Book Review: Perumal Murugan’s ‘One Part Woman’ and the Many Layers of Gender

By Amulya Anita Gurumurthy
Perumal Murugan places the biographies of the characters in their historical context; assesses the personal against the political and the individual in light of the structural. While his characters operate within the confining cartography of the village, they are complex and agentic, often negotiating systemic oppression.