What Does the Writing of Constitutions Have to Do with Wars? Plenty, as this Book Proves,”, 18 September 2021.

“‘The Horde’: Marie Favereau Rewrites the Conventional History of the Mongol Conquerors,”, 11 July 2021.

Khurshedben Naoroji: The singer who preached nonviolence to bandits,” BBC News, 27 June 2021.

Himalayan Histories,” The India Forum, 4 June 2021.

Go Abroad, Young American: The Biden Administration Must Democratize International Education,” Foreign Affairs, 29 March 2021.

“‘Black Spartacus’: A biography of the man who may have been the first great anti-colonialist leader,”, 10 January 2021

Biographies: The lives of others,” India Today, 9 January 2021


With Parinaz Madan. “The pioneering lawyer who fought for women’s suffrage in India,” BBC News, 23 December 2020

What we have forgotten about the pandemics that killed millions of Indians over 100 years ago,”, 19 December 2020

JBS Haldane’s life, via Samanth Subramanian’s biography, shows why scientists must be political too,”, 11 October 2020

Kamala Harris and the ‘Other 1 Percent’,” Atlantic, 7 October 2020

Dadabhai Naoroji strove to be inclusive. Today’s majoritarian nationalism represents a betrayal of principles he bequeathed to India,” Indian Express, 27 July 2020

The Grand Old Man of India who became Britain’s first Asian MP,” BBC News, 5 July 2020

“Do Black lives matter to Southasians?,” Himal Southasia, 4 July 2020

“The Art of Solitude: Travel Vicariously through Central Asia with Robert Byron’s Classic,”, 30 April 2020.

“Epidemics change the course of nations and transform societies. Here are four lessons from history,”, 19 April 2020.

“How Parsis Shaped India’s Taste for Soft Drinks,” BBC News, 22 March 2020.


“SR Mehrotra (1931-2019): A Tireless Chronicler of India’s Struggle for Freedom,”, 22 July 2019.

“The Forgotten Indian Inventor Who Dazzled London,” BBC News, 14 July 2019.


With Parinaz Madan. “The Evergreen Educator: Ratamai Peer,” Parsiana, 7 March 2018.


“India Must Recall Legacy of Early Nationalists like Dadabhai Naoroji in the Age of Hyper-Nationalism,”, 30 June 2017.

“Navrozji Fardunji, 19th-century Reformer and the ‘Great Son’ whom India Forgot too Soon,”, 10 March 2017.


With Parinaz Madan, “How Food Inspires Names of India’s Parsis,” BBC News, 25 December 2016.

“Viewpoint: How the British Let One Million Indians Die in Famine,” BBC News, 11 June 2016.

“Indian Restaurants: The Unlikely Symbol of the Changing Balkans,”, 6 June 2016.

“Does India Need a New Parliament Building? History May Have Some Constructive Criticism,”, 4 January 2016.


“Global Goodwill: Growing Intolerance within India Threatens to Change How it is Regarded Abroad,”, 25 October 2015.

“Why We Should All Care About the Bombay Parsi Punchayet Elections,”, 14 October 2015.

“Renaming Aurangzeb Road is a Terrible Memorial to APJ Kalam,”, 1 September 2015.


“Politics and Patriotism,” Parsiana, 7 November 2013.

“Live Wire in the Nationalist Movement,” The Hindu, 15 July 2013.

“Shelving History: The Indian Archives,” Himal, January 2013 (published online in January 2014).

“A Small-Town Wonder: The Meherjirana Library of Navsari, Gujarat,” The Hindu, 9 February 2013.


“The Grand Old Man and His Miscellanea,” The Hindu, 22 October 2012.

“R.D. Mehta (1849-1930): A Leading Calcutta Parsi,”, 24 September 2012.

“Review: Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke,”“Review: Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke,”, 5 September 2012.

“India and the Last Jubilee Queen,” The Hindu, 16 June 2012.

“Saving Parsi Heritage,” Jame Jamshed, 18 March 2012 (Jamshedi Navroze edition).

“Our Past is Being Moth Eaten,” The Hindu, 19 March 2012.

Four-part series on Indian archives and libraries for the New York Times India Ink:

“Remembering Homai Vyarawalla: An Interview in Boston,”, 17 January 2012.


“New Delhi’s Controversial Birth,” New York Times India Ink, 12 December 2011.

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