Kapil Komireddi

I am an author, journalist, and book critic. My book, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India, was published in May 2019 in India (Context) and the United Kingdom (Hurst). I have written from South Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; and my work has appeared, among other publications, in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, the Spectator, TIME, Los Angeles Times, CNN, the National, the Jewish Chronicle, Foreign Policy, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Tablet, Daily Beast, London Review, New Republic, New Statesman, Newsweek, Guardian, Daily Mirror, the Australian, Le Monde diplomatique, the Independent, the Times of India, Hindustan Times, and Haaretz. This website features some of my published work.

Modi moves to take back Kashmir

India and Pakistan have fought four wars over Kashmir and it is the raison d'etre for many of the listed Islamic terrorist organisations operating in Pakistan, Lashkar e Toiba being just one of the largest. Now India has unilaterally withdrawn Kashmiri self-rule, which has raised hostilities with Pakistan and brought claims that Narendra Modi is seeking to bring Kashmir under the umbrella of India and Hindu-ise the predominantly Muslim region. Publication: Malevolent Republic: A short history

Humiliating Kashmir is part of Modi’s plan to remake India | Kapil Komireddi

On Valentine’s Day this year, Narendra Modi went on a date with Bear Grylls. As the two men set off on an “adventure of a lifetime” in India’s Corbett national park, 500 miles to the north in the valley of Kashmir a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into a convoy of vehicles carrying Indian paramilitary forces. Forty troops were blown to bits in the blast. It was the bloodiest single atrocity suffered by Indian security personnel in the savage history of the Kashmir conflict. A

Shashi Tharoor’s book is a polemic, says Kapil Komireddi – beware of Hindu nationalism

Most religions bind their adherents into a community of believers. Hinduism segregates them into castes. And people excluded from the hierarchical caste system — the ‘untouchables’ — are permanently doomed to a life of scripturally sanctioned calvary. This hideousness doesn’t, however, hinder Shashi Tharoor from breathlessly exalting Hinduism as ‘a religion for the 21st century’.

Will the uncomfortable truths of a movie about India's Emergency survive the censor's cuts?

The Emergency, only four decades old, already feels like ancient history. It is not taught in school and many young people have never even heard of it. Such widespread unawareness permits Congress to attack prime minister Narendra Modi as an unusual strongman in Indian history, while proffering itself as the enlightened alternative. But a new film is threatening to complicate matters for Congress.
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