articles by Janaki Murali


MN Srinivas: The Oxford sociologist who studied caste in Indian society

MN Srinivas was a world-renowned sociologist from Mysore who made “vote bank,” “dominant caste” and “Sankritisation” household phrases.


Bengaluru zooms on information highway but stands still on clogged roads

The onus is on the Bengaluru Traffic Police, which faces the daily challenge of managing traffic snarls on the city roads.


Doomed to repeat past mistakes? Bengaluru Vision Group runs into trouble over absentees

The Bengaluru Vision Group (BVG) also called the Bengaluru Blue Print Action Group (BBPAG), set up by the Karnataka government has already run into trouble with activists questioning its formation with notable absentees.


NGT’s well-timed order on penalising construction companies can help revive Bengaluru’s damaged lakes

The penalty slapped by the NGT to the companies for constructing around Bellandur lake in Bengaluru was presiding over the PIL filed by the Namma Bengaluru Foundation. The judgement couldn’t have come sooner.


Bengaluru cheers as Namma Metro rolls on underground tracks

Around 300 passengers were on board for their first trip of Bengaluru's Namma Metro that was flagged off from Baiyappanahalli to Mysuru Road on Saturday.


Lessons from phase one: Can Bengaluru Metro beat deadline blues in underground trail?

Bengaluru's Namma Metro is finally all set to go underground from 30 April. Namma Metro has faced much flak for delays in execution and overshooting its deadline several times in the last two years.


Bengaluru's oppressive heat: Water sprinklers help animals in Bannerghatta zoo cool off

Bengaluru is going through a heat wave and severe water shortage, how best do the animals cope?


Low wages, poor housing and now EPF: Garment workers’ protest in Bengaluru was inevitable

The protest in Bengaluru was not organised by any trade union; it was spontaneous and started innocuously outside a factory gate in Bommanhalli.


Bye-bye 'good ol' Bengaluru weather'? With heat wave, city swelters like never before

Bengaluru, known as the air-conditioned city, has now fallen prey to a sweltering heatwave.


Barring Maharajas' Express, India’s luxury trains face low occupancy

Incredible India’s luxury trains or super luxury cruise trains aimed at luring the international tourists with deep pockets are running into serious trouble


Doubling tiger population by 2022 is unrealistic: Wildlife expert Dr Ullas Karanth

Dr K Ullas Karanth, Director for Science-Asia for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), talks to Firstpost on WWF-GTF latest report and tiger population in the country.