Recent social and political trends in the U.S. and in parts of Europe point to regressive tendencies that seek to recreate a past that now seems less complicated, but only manage to intensify unhappiness.
“First Person Singular”, a new collection of Ashok Mitra’s essays, is not just a book; it is a conversation with an accomplished raconteur, one who is always able to situate his voice in the wider social, economic and political context.
A book on torture in custody penned by a victim and a film in Tamil on the subject bring out, perhaps for the first time in India, the stark reality of the vicious side of law enforcement.
Economic policies and processes continue to operate in ways that both rely upon and increase inequality and lack of voice of major groups and social categories.
The failure of the G20 to come up with an action plan on the economy could lead to countries adopting beggar-thy-neighbour policies.
The decision of Tata Steel to shutter its U.K. operations illustrates the pitfalls of Indian companies seeking success abroad rather than fixing problems at home.
In both China and India, bad debt accumulated in their domestic banking systems by firms, households and some public entities during the boom years seems to be proving too heavy a burden to bear when the good times are disappearing.
An event to mark the 25th death anniversary of the film-maker G. Aravindan demonstrated the allure of his unique artistic instinct and the way it transcreates the filmic screen so that it seizes one’s imagination in a mesmeric hold and yet eludes one’s grasp.