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Sandeep Balakrishna

Columnist. Author. Former News Media Editor.
Independent Scholar. Public Intellectual.

   


Sandeep Balakrishna is a former Information Technology professional with a long and successful career at corporations such as Honeywell and Cisco. He quit corporate life to pursue his passion in writing and study of Indian philosophy, history and culture. He is the author of the bestselling history book, Tipu Sultan: The Tyrant of Mysore published in 2013 to rave reviews. His other work of history, The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History was published in 2016, to popular acclaim.

He has also translated the legendary Kannada novelist Dr. S L Bhyrappa’s critically-acclaimed work, Aavarana into English as Aavarana: The Veil published by Rupa. It is currently in its sixth reprint.

Sandeep is a regular columnist at several mainstream outlets like Firstpost, DailyO, The American Thinker, and Kannada dailies like Kannada Prabha and Vishwavani. He is an invited speaker at various premier institutions like Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Indian Institute of Science, and is a Fellow of the Indian Council for Philosophical Research.

Articles by Sandeep Balakrishna

SOCIETY

2018-04-24 07:22:32

Urban Naxalism: Dismembering India Through Manufactured Agitations

Sandeep Balakrishna

After four years, an important perspective from which to analyze Narendra Modi’s conquest of Delhi is couched precisely in one word: revelation. Whatever his other achievements or lack thereof, one thing is clear as sunshine: Narendra Modi as Prime Minister has stripped naked the entire Congress-legacy political system across the national landscape.


SOCIETY

2018-04-24 07:22:32

Recognizing Urban Naxalism as the Real-world Manifestation of Intellectual AIDS

Sandeep Balakrishna

At least five decades ago, one of the dazzling stars in the galaxy of Kannada literature, Kuvempu wrote the following in a different context: This is perhaps the most accurate diagnosis of the nature of what masquerades as “discourse” by the Leftists. Built into its innately nihilistic nature is an uncompromising repudiation of timeless, basic human values because it seeks to annihilate them:


POLITICS

2018-03-06 05:41:11

Congress Mukt Bharat is Still an Unfinished Business

Sandeep Balakrishna

When Congress is in power, it will use every dirty trick in the book to remain there. When not in power, it won’t allow you to even function!


CULTURE

2018-02-03 10:33:41

Are the BJP's State Leaders Wasting the Victories Narendra Modi got them?

Sandeep Balakrishna

BJP as a party has two functional segments - the top and the bottom. At the top Modi is truly transformational and at the bottom, the Karyakartas give their sweat and blood. But, it is the empty middle where the other leaders are actively squandering the people's mandate


CULTURE

2018-01-26 12:03:06

As Bharata Celebrates Ilaiyaraaja's Padma Vibhushan, Lutyens Media Goes Sniffing into his Caste

Sandeep Balakrishna

This headline that assaulted the sensibilities and offended the basic sense of decency of millions of Indians...


CULTURE

2018-01-13 01:59:57

Amar Chitra Katha: A Quiet Cultural Revolution

Sandeep Balakrishna

If memory serves me right, the venue was Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore, sometime in the mid-1980s. The 1300-capacity hall was home to a scene of the proverbial sea of humanity in the heat of summer holidays. In that non-air-conditioner era, cheap fans whirred loudly, tirelessly but were ineffectual in trying to keep...