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".

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...

The Thriving Colonial Raj in India in Three Random Books

Here is a brief list before we begin. Heartrending stories of utter destitution inside a slum and/or on the pavements? Check. Soul crushing tales...

The Cult of Mother Teresa had to Obviously Culminate in this...

For what it’s worth, the lid over the squalid moral and spiritual sewer that goes by the name of Missionaries of Charity, has blown...

An Open Letter to Former President Pranab Mukherjee on the Eve...

Your Honourable Excellency Shri Pranab Mukherjee, At the outset, please do not mistake me for addressing you thus. It was a reminder to myself to...