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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

15 Aug 2019 - 6:05PM

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
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.

12 Aug 2019 - 10:40AM

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
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

12 Apr 2019 - 8:05PM

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
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.

6 Mar 2019 - 9:50AM

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?
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?
24 Feb 2019 - 5:00PM
  • 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
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

6 Feb 2019 - 7:06AM

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
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

13 Jan 2019 - 4:10PM

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
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.

16 Dec 2018 - 1:08PM

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
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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’
Inconvenient truths: the murder of journalism in India
Why the Indian state is afraid of the Right to Information
What Bollywood icon’s fatherhood says about India’s attitude to homosexuality