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Kabali: Movie Review

'Kabali' is about a gang leader of Tamil origin fighting for control of the underworld in Kuala Lumpur. Tamils have a huge presence in Malaysia and the history of the diaspora is long. In fact, it…

Bastille Day Horror: We Are Afraid

AS FRENCH PRIME Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve step forward during a memorial in Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, where, on 14 July, 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel…

GST: The Life and Times of a Bill

IMAGINE THE TRAVAILS in passing a law that all political parties believe is beneficial to the Indian economy but each has opposed at some point or the other. The fate of the Goods and Services Tax (…

What’s Going Wrong with Prashant Kishor?

He used to wear tight jeans and T-shirts until last year, when he traded it for the typical neta get-up of spotless white kurta pyjama. Then, as now, he has had an air of self-importance about him.…

The Economic History of Liberation

JULY 2016 IS being celebrated, at least by the media, as the 25th aniversary of India’s liberation from the dirigiste policies of the previous 40 years. The Budget of July 1991 has been made to go…

Is Kashmir Losing India?

A COUPLE OF days before the horror in Nice, there was this story in The New York Times about a philosophers’ spat over Islam. Very French indeed. It was between two former friends who have written…

For One First Lady to Another

IF A MAN Booker award-winning novel was found to have lifted numerous passages from the book that had won the previous year, imagine the frenzy in the world of literature. Or if the Oscar for Best…

Navjot Sidhu: AAP Ka CM, But Seriously

IT IS NOT in the Oxford Dictionary, but many would think ‘Sidhuism’ merits a place. Broadly, it is a ludicrous comparison delivered in a bombastic manner by one man, Navjot Singh Sidhu. Here is a…

From Coup to Countercoup

LESS THAN A week after a botched coup by a section of the Turkish armed forces, emergency has been imposed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A counter-coup is now in effect. To begin with, the coup…

Kishoreganj, Dhaka: The Death of Joy

WHEN PEOPLE ASK me ‘What is your favourite city?’ I typically mention two: Calcutta and Boston. Calcutta is where I grew up and had all my education, and it’s where I have lived all my life. Boston…