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With Allies Like These

With allies like these, who needs enemies—Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has for some time been living with this dictum. The Shiv Sena is his partner in the BJP-led government but has…

God’s Recruits

INSIDE AN OFFICE at the packed Mahim Dargah in Mumbai, people are drinking water and nibbling bananas as they break the customary fast of Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan. M Suhail Khandwani is…

Ram Nath Kovind: First Person Singular

JUNE 19th WAS like any other day at Raj Bhavan in Patna. Ram Nath Kovind, the then Governor of Bihar, was back from his morning walk and sipped green tea as his assistant read out the day’s plan. He…

Pakistan: Their Finest Hour in Cricket

NO OTHER TEAM in the world, across sport, can swing from abysmal to astonishing in the space of a tournament quite like the Pakistan cricket team. Sometimes, it’s the other way around—astonishing to…

London Fire and Leadership

BRITAIN HAS SURVIVED its worst heatwave in four decades. As a national calamity loomed, there was one hapless woman who could not take her deckchair to the nearest park. She had to endure a concrete…

The Word of a Captain?

IT WAS JUST in the beginning of this month, following the BCCI’s initiation of a process for selecting the Indian cricket team coach despite Anil Kumble’s extraordinary record, that captain Virat…

Daniel Day-Lewis: A Vanishing Act

AMONG THE VARIOUS things Daniel Day-Lewis has perfected, as a New Yorker profile of his once mentioned, is the trick of vanishing. After every film, Day-Lewis disappears (one would be tempted to say…

All the President’s Mien

VISITING DELHI FROM Singapore where I lived then some 20 years ago, I asked Dr Karan Singh why he hadn’t stood for President. He said it was time for a Dalit to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan. With the…

Open Diary

IT WAS THE greeting cards industry that first made occasions such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day popular in the West. The process was then replicated in emerging consumer societies such as India.…

The Kargil Chic

“CARRY SUNSCREEN,” my father’s voice cackles over the phone, “The sun is direct and harsh.” It’s odd that this is his first piece of advice. I had feared trepidation in his voice. Instead, there is a…