Harish Alagappa
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Harish Alagappa

My prose may be bad, but my poetry is verse.


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A Sandwich at the End of the Universe

The role food plays in creating fictional worlds, whether utopian, dystopian or something in between.

The Goya Journal / July 2017 / Miscellaneous

Pax Urbana

Complexity and Vulnerability in Modern Cities: How do we make them more resilient?

Terra Green / May 2013 / Climate Change / [Pdf , 5.89 MB]

Does forced philanthropy work?

A confluence of corporate champions and civic campaigners consider contrasting courses for the conduct of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in India.

LSE South Asia Blog / April 2017 / Business

The Legacy of the Left

With the election of Narendra Modi in India in 2014, the victory of Donald Trump in the United States in 2016, and right-wing political leaders ascendant all over Europe, many political commentators around the world have been writing obituaries for the le

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / Politics

Citizenship and the Constitution of India

Harish Alagappa and Sonali Campion report from the second day of India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017, which saw an engaging panel that featured some of India’s leading legal experts explore the history and future of the longest written constitution in the w

LSE South Asia Blog / April 2017 / Politics

Sanskrit, Sans Speakers

Sanskrit is seen by many Indians as not just a holy language, but as an almost perfect language, possessing a clear, unambiguous, and logical series of rules that is as flexible as it is structured. Yet, for all this reverence, Sanskrit is hardly, if ever

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / History

The Idea of India

A short piece on attempting to define India

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / May 2016 / History

Save the Date

Harish Alagappa gives dudes the dope on dates: how to choose the venue, what your date's order says about her, and why you must always have french fries on a first date.

The Goya Journal / May 2016 / Relationships

Manelists, Misogyny, and Mansplaining

'If you believe in gender equality, you are a feminist, that’s what the word means.’

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / Politics

Looking forward to India @ 70: LSE India Summit 2017

Ahead of India @ 70, presented by Apollo Tyres Ltd, Harish Alagappa outlines the context of the second LSE India Summit and introduces the themes that will be discussed by academics, policymakers, activists and other experts.

LSE South Asia Blog / March 2017 / Politics

Debate: We Are Living In a Post-Truth World

The tenth edition of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ended not with a whimper but with a bang, as nine vociferous and passionate speakers engaged in a spirited debate on truth, post-truth, and everything in between.

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / Politics

The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit

‘Sanskrit’ literally translates to ‘refined, or well-ordered, speech’, which is a rather apt description of a language loved by linguists around the world for its near-perfect structure and organization.

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / History

BAAHUBALI

The Baahubali team’s vision to create an extended universe.

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / Cinema

Jaipur Literature Festival 2015

A collection of my articles as one of the Official Bloggers of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2015.

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2015 / Miscellaneous

Music Stage Featuring Beth Orton & Sam Amidon, and Soulmate

It was ladies’ night on day three of the Clarks Amer Music Stage at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, as two very different bands with two very different frontwomen enthralled the crowd with equal passion.

Jaipur Literature Festival Blog / January 2017 / Music

Quest For An Alternative Energy Future

Harish Alagappa looks at the past, present, and future of alternative energy, exploring lesser-known fuels, scouting their potential, and looking at how they can contribute to the energy mix and help us build a more secure and sustainable energy future.

Energy Future / January 2015 / Energy / [Pdf , 651 KB]

Earth 2050: A Disaster Waiting To Happen

We stand at the precipice of a watershed moment in the history of our species. For tens of thousands of years, climate change has influenced the way human beings live; it has wreaked havoc, been responsible for our colonizing the world, and sometimes, has

Terra Green / September 2012 / Climate Change / [Pdf , 264 KB]

Biomass Power In Punjab: The New Green Revolution?

As one of India’s most famous states with a substantial agriculturally-inclined population, and with some of the most fertile land in the country, the state of Punjab is an ideal candidate for projects in bioenergy. With power shortages now rampant in the

Energy Future / April 2013 / Energy / [Pdf , 259 KB]

From Cause To Collapse

The impacts of climate change and energy crises on humanity

Terra Green / April 2012 / History / [Pdf , 6.37 MB]

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