Articles by Karthik Venkatesh
Mar 23, 2020
As religion re-emerges as the faultline of Indian society, could Bhagat Singh's ideas of atheism be a way forward?Bhagat Singh’s objection to faith and God seemed to be both philosophical as well as springing from the severe religious unrest that he observed around him which marred regular life in 1920s India.
Jan 19, 2020
Sarnami: An Indian language born in South America, on the verge of becoming an endangered tongueSarnami (sometimes called Suriname Hindustani) is a mixture of the Indian tongues that the immigrants spoke. It has also adopted words from Dutch and Sranan Tongo. The grammar and lexicon of Sarnami reflect the influence of all its mother languages.
Jan 09, 2020
Totaram Sanadhya, an Indian in Fiji: A life defined by the indentured labour system and the fight against itAn indentured labourer sent to Fiji, Totaram Sanadhya survived near-starvation and back-breaking work to become a successful sugarcane farmer. He travelled throughout the islands, meeting labourers and listening to their tales of woe. He would go on to write a letter to Mahatma Gandhi, requesting that an English-speaking lawyer be despatched to Fiji to help the Indians get organised
Oct 02, 2019
On Gandhi Jayanti, remembering Mahatma's most beloved hymns — from Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram to Lead, Kindly LightA common theme seems to run through Gandhiji’s preferred playlist. The themes of devotion, harmony and reconciliation are a common thread. And through all of the songs, there is a sense of gazing deeply into the self to bring out the best that resides in everyone regardless of how trying the circumstances are.
Sep 14, 2019
Remembering Bharatendu Harishchandra on Hindi Divas, a man whose work fortified the languageBharatendu Harishchandra, born in 1850, is known as the 'Father of modern day Hindi literature'. And it was in establishing this language that his biggest contribution lay. Much of the prose that Harishchandra wrote to establish the Hindi we know today was done in the Kavivachansudha and Harishchandra Magazine, which he founded in 1873.
Jun 12, 2019
Nehru’s Cabinet was no place for yes menAt the apex of his political career, Nehru chose to induct two bitter critics of the Congress into his cabinet. And even if it were Gandhi’s call, it was an extraordinary one
May 31, 2019
Why Hindi isn't the national languageArray