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Opinion | Indian cinema legend Soumitra Chatterjee’s death spotlights end of art film era

In a career spanning more than six decades, Chatterjee, who died of Covid-19, worked closely with late Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray – one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

In a career spanning more than six decades, Chatterjee, who died of Covid-19, worked closely with late Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray – one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Indian cinema legend Soumitra Chatterjee’s death spotlights end of art film era
16 Nov 2020 - 9:55PM
Modi’s India wants to control hepatitis. Why are police beating protesters seeking treatment?

HIV-positive protesters, at high risk of contracting the disease, are calling for the government’s free treatment programme to resume – while others say it has only been operational for some six months since February 2019.

HIV-positive protesters, at high risk of contracting the disease, are calling for the government’s free treatment programme to resume – while others say it has only been operational for some six months since February 2019.

Modi’s India wants to control hepatitis. Why are police beating protesters seeking treatment?
14 Aug 2020 - 9:01AM
Statue politics: how India quietly removed colonists from their pedestals

As the statues are being targeted elsewhere in the world, India pre-empted angry confrontations by discreetly removing its colonial statues in the 1960s.

As the statues are being targeted elsewhere in the world, India pre-empted angry confrontations by discreetly removing its colonial statues in the 1960s.

Statue politics: how India quietly removed colonists from their pedestals
7 Jul 2020 - 8:56PM
Coronavirus lockdown leaves many of India’s elderly stranded without carers, family help

India’s three-week lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 means many elderly people are stranded without carers or family members to help them.

India’s three-week lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 means many elderly people are stranded without carers or family members to help them.

Coronavirus lockdown leaves many of India’s elderly stranded without carers, family help
7 Apr 2020 - 11:52PM
Analysis | Bollywood teaches more about Kashmir than India’s schools

Three major films – Haider, Fanaa and Mission Kashmir – offer a more nuanced look at the most militarised zone in the world than Indian history books

Three major films – Haider, Fanaa and Mission Kashmir – offer a more nuanced look at the most militarised zone in the world than Indian history books

Bollywood teaches more about Kashmir than India’s schools
15 Aug 2019 - 6:05PM
Analysis | Would-be Shah Rukh Khans beware: surrogacy bill spells end for India’s US$2 billion ‘rent-a-womb’ industry

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan made headlines when his third child was born to a surrogate mother. But under proposed strict new rules to govern surrogacy, his case – like many others – would not have been allowed.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan made headlines when his third child was born to a surrogate mother. But under proposed strict new rules to govern surrogacy, his case – like many others – would not have been allowed.

Would-be Shah Rukh Khans beware: surrogacy bill spells end for India’s US$2 billion ‘rent-a-womb’ industry
12 Aug 2019 - 10:40AM
Churchill’s real Darkest Hour: new evidence confirms British leader’s role in murdering 3 million Bengalis

But last year, a Churchill biopic glorifying the former British PM was nominated for top honours at the Oscars

But last year, a Churchill biopic glorifying the former British PM was nominated for top honours at the Oscars

Churchill’s real Darkest Hour: new evidence confirms British leader’s role in murdering 3 million Bengalis
12 Apr 2019 - 8:05PM
Indian media: in love with the military, blind to the truth of Pakistan conflict?

The Indian army’s claims that up to 300 terrorists had been killed in Pakistan were reported by local media – then refuted by the foreign press.

The Indian army’s claims that up to 300 terrorists had been killed in Pakistan were reported by local media – then refuted by the foreign press.

Indian media: in love with the military, blind to the truth of Pakistan conflict?
6 Mar 2019 - 9:50AM
Quick Take | Bollywood makes a song and dance about a lesbian romance – at last
  • The country decriminalised gay sex six months ago, but its film industry has only taken hesitant steps in the direction of equality. What does this say about attitudes towards homosexuality, and about Indians themselves?
  • The country decriminalised gay sex six months ago, but its film industry has only taken hesitant steps in the direction of equality. What does this say about attitudes towards homosexuality, and about Indians themselves?
Bollywood makes a song and dance about a lesbian romance – at last
24 Feb 2019 - 5:00PM
The triumph of Modi propaganda in Bollywood

As election season looms, a spate of recently released films seem to be directly channelling the Indian prime minister’s policies, presence and rhetoric

As election season looms, a spate of recently released films seem to be directly channelling the Indian prime minister’s policies, presence and rhetoric

The triumph of Modi propaganda in Bollywood
6 Feb 2019 - 7:06AM
Bowel cleanse for better DNA: the nonsense science of Modi’s India

Newton’s out, Narendra Modi waves are in – as are nip and tucks for gods and stem-cell surgery for mythical beings. In modern India, science is in danger of becoming a matter of politics and religion

Newton’s out, Narendra Modi waves are in – as are nip and tucks for gods and stem-cell surgery for mythical beings. In modern India, science is in danger of becoming a matter of politics and religion

Bowel cleanse for better DNA: the nonsense science of Modi’s India
13 Jan 2019 - 4:10PM
Keeping death in the family: an untouchable caste in India is vital to Kolkata’s mortuaries

In Kolkata, one clan of Doms – the caste of corpse burners – work in all the government mortuaries. And they have held these jobs for two or three generations.

In Kolkata, one clan of Doms – the caste of corpse burners – work in all the government mortuaries. And they have held these jobs for two or three generations.

Keeping death in the family: an untouchable caste in India is vital to Kolkata’s mortuaries
16 Dec 2018 - 1:08PM
In India, do not ever say ‘dengue’

In a country where doctors can get suspended for Facebook posts on health crises, ‘mystery fever’ is the preferred term to dodge government paranoia

In a country where doctors can get suspended for Facebook posts on health crises, ‘mystery fever’ is the preferred term to dodge government paranoia

In India, do not ever say ‘dengue’
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Inconvenient truths: the murder of journalism in India
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why the Indian state is afraid of the Right to Information
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
What Bollywood icon’s fatherhood says about India’s attitude to homosexuality
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM