The Hindu nationalist insistence on a single, authoritative version of the Ramayana contravenes the central tenet of Hinduism. In this edited extract from his new book, Offence: the Hindu Case, about vigilante censorship by Hindu nationalists, Salil Tripathi argues the historical and political case for defending the plurality of Hinduism.
Continue reading Fighting for the soul of Rama
A poignant, compellingly rendered tale about a little man ajar with the world, Arzee the Dwarf is also a love letter to Bombay, to its alleys that, despite their filth, hold in them a quiet silence and beauty, to its decrepit buildings like the Noor, to its dusty suburbs. Rohit Chopra reviews Chandrahas Choudhury’s brilliant debut novel.
Continue reading A masterpiece in miniature