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Amit Shah Has Cast(e) the Vote

WHEN RENOWNED BENGALI WRITER and activist Mahasweta Devi died last month, BJP President Amit Shah was among the first to tweet his condolences. Shah also pointed out that her Hajar Churashir Maa and…

Bengal De-Westernised

AN AMERICAN CONSULAR official in Calcutta was once explaining to his ambassador visiting from Delhi that everyone in West Bengal including the Chief Minister, Siddhartha Shankar Ray, on whom he had…

Islam and the Bargain State of Pakistan

THE PAKISTAN that concentrates the Indian mind has two familiar lives. First, the ever paranoid nationalist’s bogeyman, the engineer of all our woes, in Kashmir and elsewhere. This Pakistan is an…

Going Beetroot

I HAVE A PASSION for vegetables. But don’t worry, this is not about to become a non-veg column, in which I discuss their well-known erotic associations. The only non-gastronomic vegetable pleasures I…

The Limits of Amnesty

ON 15 AUGUST, THE Bengaluru Police filed a First Information Report against the NGO Amnesty International. This happened after a discussion where cases of human rights abuses in Kashmir were to be…

Usain Bolt: Faster and Furious

IN A RECENT New Yorker discussion on track-and-field Olympic events, the writer Malcolm Gladwell spoke of the extraordinariness of Jamaica’s success in races when you consider its poverty and…

A Shelter From the Storm

In Pune, a young boy from Kashmir studies in a school coming to terms with his anger at the violence ravaging the state. His father was killed by militants and he wants peace there. Until that comes…

Being Akhilesh Yadav

WE ARE AT Shyamnagar, Ramapuram, 5 km from Rama Devi Chouraha, a well-known landmark in Kanpur. From here on, policemen stationed outside the residential colony guide us to the house of Kamal Balmiki…