Shiv Visvanathan


Shiv Visvanathan

Reimagining Gandhi

Anniversaries are moments of conscience; they remind us of things we have forgotten. But, often, they are empty rituals which become a substitute for authenticity.

Death of conscience

Disasters have a peculiar way of affecting the imagination. First, one has to recognise that disasters are not disasters unless they are labeled so.

Mother India, revised

A country transforming itself, from a slow moving socialist to a fast breeder capitalist, needs new myths. The old myth that sustained a generation was provided by Bollywood.


Ever since the Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring, democracy has become a global epidemic.

Banning porn is a tricky business

If the politics of a regulation society were a pie chart, the Modi government would split into three sections.

Pop goes Murthy

N.R. Narayana Murthy as co-founder of Infosys is one of the most iconic figures in India today. Along with men like Ratan Tata, M.V.

Celebrating a very special man

As Tibet and the world celebrated his birthday on July 6, I wish to celebrate the presence of the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan leader, who is added to the very civilisation of India.

Sordid tales of those dark days

The Emergency, a historical scar in the minds of one generation, is treated as a curiosity today.

Maggi adulterated my memory, not food

Memory and sentiment often go together. Memory is a sensorium, a vista of smells, sounds, a nostalgia for the touch, taste or texture of an object or event.

Gandhi, between hate & cliché

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Plenty of ink has been spilt on the Prime Minister’s recent visit to California where he received a resounding reception from people of Indian origin and from executives at the helm of some of the wor

Mohammad Akhlaq’s horrific killing in Dadri, in western Uttar Pradesh, just outside Delhi, is an act of infamy.