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The Road to 2019

SOMETHING FUNDAMENTAL HAS CHANGED in the political matrix of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest throw of dice could mark a significant shift in Indian politics that will give the BJP…

The Temptations and Tantalisations of Politics

IT’S LIKE READING Dostoevsky on a bad summer day. There are so many tormented souls out there caught in a morality play. Its emotional intensity is only matched by the inevitability of the questions…

M Venkaiah Naidu: A Friend and Loyalist

ON THE EVENING OF July 18th, Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu received a call from Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, who was in Kashmir at the time. It had been an emotional day for the 68-year-old…

Shaky Foundation

SOON AFTER HE was elected Prime Minister in 2014, Narendra Modi made a speech about the need to make it easier to do business in India. He deplored the fact that it took 200 steps to open a store in…

The Triumph of the Servant

THE LONG IMMINENT war between employers and domestic helps in India opened a strategic front in Noida, and, even if which way this battle is swinging is unclear, the final outcome is inevitable—the…

Jane Austen: The Evergreen Storyteller

WHEN JANE AUSTEN’S first novel Sense and Sensibility was published in 1811, the title page simply read, ‘A Novel. In Three Volumes. By a Lady’. What could be greater justice than the fact that on her…

The Right to Privacy

EVER SINCE THE introduction of Aadhaar as a basic identity number for individuals in India, activists have vigorously campaigned against it, claiming that it deprives citizens of their right to…

Doctor with a Big Heart

SHE SITS HUNCHED in her chair. Her hair is dyed black; the greying roots reveal their true intent. Her toe nails are painted red. Her walker stands a few feet away. On a Delhi monsoon morning the…

Stay East, Young Man

The perceived unabated influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh into Assam and the consequent perceptible change in the state’s demographic pattern have been matters of grave concern. Such…