Sandeep Balakrishna

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Writer, author, and translator. Author of the bestselling "Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore," "The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History," and "Seventy Years of Secularism." English translator of Dr. S L Bhyrappa's blockbuster Kannada novel, "Aavarana".

What is a Hindu Temple: A Brief Introduction

The conception, origin, evolution, and development of temples as physical, architectural, and later, artistic structures is perhaps as old as the dawn of human...

The Bangalore Ganapati Clashes of 1928

There’s a long laundry list of pre-independence communal riots, a feature so common in those days that it’s amazing how quickly we have forgotten...

Congratulations to Narendra Modi for the Action against these National Security...

Maoists and Naxals are national security threats. Discursive confusion arises at the precise moment one forgets this basic premise. Look at what’s happening in the...

A Portrait of an Epigraphist as a Cultural Role Model

An unforgettable experience of my stay in Delhi occurred on 6 December 1992. The Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya was brought down by the...

Kerala Floods: When the Comrades Shed their Clothes

Nothing excites our Red-drenched comrades, now masquerading as liberals, as much as large-scale suffering. Larger the scale, greater are the swirls of the romantic...

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Hero of India's Second Freedom Movement

In adversity, he was a unifier, in victory, magnanimous, in defeat, equanimous, and in exit, gracious.Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This is his finest hour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPuhM_x__Cs Mesmerising Orator A late...

Christianising Carnatic Classical Music: The Madras Enablers of Cultural Appropriation

And just as I had predicted, the Ideological Iyengar has exploded in his naked, phoney fury and revealed himself in full technicolour craziness. Don’t...

The Shakespearean Mists that Cloud the Colonised Indian Elite

Apart from being a great leveller, social media like sunlight, is a great disinfectant. In the heydays of blogging, if you bluffed, you would...

Vyasa Purnima: The Unsurpassed Educational Heritage of India

निधये सर्वविद्यानां भिषजे भवरोगिणाम् । गुरवे सर्वलोकानां दक्षिणामूर्तये नमः ॥ Salutations to Dakshinamurthy the Guru, Who is the teacher of all the world | Who is the doctor...

Is there a Faction in the Congress Party that Repeatedly Sets...

If fortune favours the brave and misery loves company, misery needs to heave a permanent sigh of relief. It has crown-prince-forever-in-waiting, Rahul Gandhi for...