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Lights Out

THE SUPREME COURT ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi for Diwali is a little out of the ordinary. The order states that it is to test whether such a ban will help reduce pollution, which effectively…

George Saunders: Master Class from America

WHEN AUTHORS WRITE, they have different agendas. They might want to scare a reader or enlighten her, or take her on a journey. But when it comes to 58-year-old American writer George Saunders, he has…

When Marx Meets God

THERE IS A FUNNY scene in a 1991 Malayalam movie directed by Sathyan Anthikkad for which the screenplay was written by the talented actor- writer Sreenivasan: a young Communist loses his cool on…

Then Who Killed Aarushi?

AARUSHI TALWAR WAS 14 years old when she was killed, her body instantly becoming the property of the state and her memories co-opted by the media. Both exhibited scant grace with the responsibility,…

The Great Liberal Fallacy

PROLOGUE: In April of 2016, UC Berkeley cancelled Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned speech in response to campus protests. For an institution that prides itself on its long and stellar liberal legacy—the…

Calendar Art and Artifice

IF THERE’S A new moon in the sky, it’s Vikram Samvat 2074 already, and for of all the diyas drafted on Diwali night for divine intervention, handsets have been aburst all the same with do-it-yourself…

Mumbai Notebook

ONE DAY BEFORE Diwali— which is when this piece is being written—the main headline in a national newspaper says, ‘Mumbai can expect to breathe the cleanest air this Diwali since 2015.’ What?! Has the…

Indraprastha

ALONG WITH THE weather, the political climate, too, may be changing. There is a spring in the steps of the opposition types, the ones who until recently had a hang-dog look on their faces, having…

The Redundancy of Che Guevara

FIFTY YEARS AGO this month, a day after he was captured by the Bolivian army, Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was shot dead, with a CIA agent as witness. Then they lied. As Jon Lee Anderson writes in his…

In Hot Pursuit

ON OCTOBER 10TH, two men entered a construction site in Kashmir Valley’s Sonamarg area, around 80 km from Srinagar. The two had shown up on the premises just a few days earlier along with a…