Women have been crucial operators in insurgencies in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Kashmir. Through the stories of Purnima, Khalida, Ribini and others profiled in ‘She Goes To War’, veteran journalist Rashmi Saksena attempts to understand what goes into the making of a woman militant.
‘Apart from going public on social media, the other striking feature of this mission was that it allowed the country to see women scientists upfront for the first time, dispelling long-held stereotypes of the fuzzy-haired Einsteinian male scientist. “You know, we know Mars is for men. Now we have proved that Mars is not only for men,” Arunan jokes.’
Scroll carries an excerpt from Those Magnificent Women And Their Flying Machines: ISRO’s Mission on Mars by Minnie Vaid.
From 1684 till the present, the Indian diaspora in South Africa has had a long history. But in the country of their origin, they remain synonymous with three points of identity: indenture, apartheid and Mahatma Gandhi. Through What Gandhi Didn’t See: Being Indian in South Africa, Zainab Priya Dala deftly lifts the veil on some of the many other facets of South African Indians, starting with the question: How relevant is Gandhi to them today?’ Indian Writers Forum carries an excerpt from What Gandhi Didn’t See: Being Indian in South Africa by Zainab Priya Dala.
Speaking Tiger authors Ravish Kumar, Kalpana Swaminathan, Upamanyu Chatterjee and Mark Tully participated at the Tata Literature Live! Click here to view album.
‘The Fate of Butterflies’: A quietly told novel that is full of menace because it can happen to us. Click here to read the book review.
A new biography examines Freda Bedi’s many roles—Indian nationalist, Buddhist nun, ‘mummy’ to all.
Book review of The Lives of Freda: The Political, Spiritual and Personal Journeys of Freda Bedi by Andrew Whitehead.
Is the Bhagavad Gita as we know it the work of multiple authors?
In one of the essays in his new book, Meghnad Desai examines the provenance of the Gita. Click here to know more.