09 October 2006
This autumn, I set off to teach at a college in Massachusetts for a month. These days travelling anywhere, but...
12 June 2006
When, in April 1888, Nietzsche arrived in Turin he found a city diminished. In the 16th century it had been the capital...
30 January 2006
In recent weeks in India, a senior police officer appeared at a court hearing wearing anklets, a nose-ring and a...
The white man's burden. While colonialism took a terrible toll on the inhabitants of India, they were not its only victims. Pankaj Mishra on the men, women and children whose lives were transformed by serving Britain abroad
19 September 2005
Nostalgia for the Raj seems to be back. British imperialists may have helped reduce India's share of world income from...
Valley of the shadows. First the victims of British imperialism, then of India's "secular" ruling elite, Kashmir's Muslims have long endured oppression. Today, as conflict in their land continues to claim thousands, the Kashmiris themselves remain largely
30 August 2004
In early 1922, E M Forster returned to England after eight months in India, where he had met many educated Muslims...
Twelve Steps to Enlightenment. Westerners are increasingly turning to Buddhism as an antidote to the stresses of modern life. But there is more to it than meditation. For many of us, the prospect of renouncing greed, hatred and delusion is more terrifying
12 April 2004
For longer than a century, since its discovery by western scholars, Buddhism has attracted many people in Europe and...
TV and Radio
A sepulchral chill in the soul. Although published in 1869, Sentimental Education now reads as the first major novel of the 20th century. Flaubert managed to draw a portrait of a secular metropolitan world that was new in his time, but has become the subs
16 February 2004
Was there ever a greater pessimist than Gustave Flaubert? Here he is, still only in his mid- teens, expressing his...
29 September 2003
''Are you tough enough?" the anchor with glasses and a serious expression asks viewers in the television advertisement...
24 March 2003
Soon after the hijackers of 11 September were revealed as Muslim fundamentalists, the question which had been debated...
An excess of goodwill. Pankaj Mishra is disappointed by a respected writer's journey into bland provincialism
25 November 2002
India is a vast, bewildering place, not just for visitors, but also for the natives. Crammed into the ever-shrinking...
26 August 2002
Earlier this year, I was in Rishikesh, the first town that the River Ganges meets as it leaves its Himalayan home and...
It's sex, Jim, but not as we know it. The Kamasutra was no more than a self-help manual for a bored, heartless Indian elite. So why is it so popular today in the decadent west? By Pankaj Mishra
03 June 2002
Built in the 10th and 11th centuries, the temples of Khajuraho lay forgotten for hundred of years in the jungles of...
The enigma of arrival. J M Coetzee's latest novel is as bleak as ever. But Pankaj Mishra finds his portrait of post-colonial disappointment and frustrated literary ambitions strangely compassionate, too
22 April 2002
Dan Jacobson once wrote about his first few weeks in London in a wonderful essay titled "Time of Arrival". He had grown...
11 February 2002
I was in Delhi when the American bombing of Afghanistan began in mid-October. The word "terrorism" was not new to India...
24 September 2001
Two months ago, as I was about to board a Eurostar train to Paris from Waterloo Station, London, I was stopped, taken...