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Realities Of Caste Politics & Music: Not-So-Distant Cousins

The ‘experts of the cultural world’ in India have been fuming in rage over TMK’s comment on Carnatic music legend MS Subbulakshmi at a talk in Hyderabad at the launch of writer Volga’s Telugu translation of TJS George’s book M.S. Subbulakshmi:The Definitive Biography. He was talking on culture and community...


The History Of How Delhi’s Air Pollution Got So Toxic

It was April 1999 and I was at my first press conference. It had been organised to tell the world that we had received a legal notice from Tata Motors for a whopping Rs100 crore. This was over an article that my late colleague Anil Agarwal and I had written,...