Shiv Visvanathan


Shiv Visvanathan

The war within

War is a strange phenomenon whose alchemy is difficult to understand. We try to “sciencitise” it so it can be reduced to cause and effect, efficiency, impact and body counts.

Use Gandhi’s ideas: Innovate & reinvent

The nation state is often a litany of the same mechanical rituals, where the same clichés are repeated by politicians, year after year. Gandhi Jayanti is one such event.

The story of Kashmir, in pellets and stones

There’s an old Chinese quotation that quietly claims one picture is worth a thousand words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a cartoon is sometimes worth more.

The difficulty of being Indian

The other day I was thinking of a teacher of mine, who was a strange mix of a philosopher and a sociologist.

Amitabh, sensuality & the social sciences

One of the exercises I perform daily is to read the newspaper supplement for quotes. I love filmstars and celebrities when they play Socratic.

Sori’s story: How an adivasi turns fugitive

The history of disasters brings with it a new narrative of heroes and heroines, men and women whose life, whatever the flaws, becomes an epic of the times.

It’s time for a debate on GM crops

Two recent events have emphasised the urgency of introducing GM crops on a large scale. The first was a letter by 107 Nobel laureates chiding Greenpeace for criticising the introduction of GM crops.

The power of a verdict

High court verdicts are often good news.

Defeats define Leo legacy

Being a legend is being vulnerable. Legends do not make mistakes unless they are legendary mistakes. They have to redeem them in epic ways. A legend’s mistake haunts an entire nation.

Democracy’s warning signals

Sometimes in the annals of history, a place evokes more emotions than the mere idea of territory.

There is irony in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s concentration on Pakistani terrorism at the Goa Brics summit because the more he dwelt on the theme, the more distant became India’s aspiration for a w

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign.