India Ink’s mission is to communicate Indian history in a way that is simple and accessible to all.

We believe history is relevant to the big social and political questions that people wrestle with today. But at the same time, our best source of history, academic writing, is often completely inaccessible to ordinary people. Through our articles and videos, India Ink shares well-researched history with our growing audience across the internet.

In Oct 2021, India Ink was selected to be a part of the Library of Congress’ Indian Political and Social Issues Web Archive. India Ink’s content has also received glowing testimonials from teachers and professors who have used it as teaching tools in their classrooms.

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The Team

Visvak is a journalist who has worked in print and digital, as an editor and as a reporter. He studied South Asian history and politics at the School of African and Oriental Studies on a Chevening Scholarship and prior to that he worked as a features editor at BuzzFeed and The Hindu.

Thomas Manuel is a writer from Chennai, India. His work has appeared at Lapham’s Quarterly, The Nib, The Wire, The Hindu, among others. His play, Hamlet and Angad, won the 2016 Hindu Playwright Award. His first book, a narrative history of the opium trade in colonial India, is to be published by Harper Collins in 2021.

Shireen Azam is a DPhil researcher at the University of Oxford, where she works on the invisibilisation of caste among Indian Muslims. She was previously at the Economic & Political Weekly, where she founded the digital initiative EPW Engage, a project which explored new grounds in making Indian academic research accessible and exciting for scholars and non-scholars alike.

Former Members

Isha Phullay was India Ink’s Academic Correspondent from November 2021 to March 2022. She is a Master’s student of Modern History at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She did her bachelor’s in History at St. Stephen’s College. She is interested in histories of marginalised castes and genders, and the construction of modern knowledge systems.

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