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Jet Set Gone

JUST ABOUT NOTHING is surprising in the fate of Jet Airways. Its groudning neatly fits into the history of failed airlines in India—Damania, East West, Air Sahara, Deccan Air, ModiLuft, Paramount…

Notre-Dame: Cathedral of the World

THERE IS A moment in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise (1995) when the Notre-Dame comes into the view of two former lovers—Jesse (played by Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy)—taking a boat…

On the Fake News Trail

Recently, it began to circulate online that Murli Manohar Joshi had written a letter to LK Advani stating that the first round of elections had been disastrous for the BJP. The story was attributed…

General Election 2019: Quote Hanger

RANTED THAT THERE is nothing like allusions to underwears to charge an election crowd but what is more interesting about Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s loose tongue are the twists and turns that…

The Gender Quotient of Politics

WHEN RENUKA CHOWDHURY became Minister for Health in 1998 she had to deal with the AIDS epidemic and talk widely about condom use. It was something her male bureaucrats would find terribly distressing…

Mumbai Notebook

IN PERSON, RAJAT Gupta isn’t a big man, but he does have a large presence. At 70, there’s a mellow handsomeness about him; in conversation he exudes an air of almost spiritual calm, unexpected of…

Indraprastha

IF YOU ARE wondering why Yashwant Sinha has suddenly fallen silent, no longer making a splash in the media ranting and raving against the Modi Sarkar, it is because he is engaged full-time in a far…

The Burden of Socialism

TWO RECENT TRIGGERS have spurred this column. First, a book on the Bombay Plan. Second, Niti Aayog, and its promised demise, having featured in some poll promises. August 15th, 1947 seems like a…

Modi’s Tryst With Militarism

ON FEBRUARY 26TH, 2019, IN A PRE-DAWN air strike on the terror factory of the Jaish-e- Mohammad at Jabba Top hill, Balakot, Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets dropped 1,000-kilo powerful…