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Animal Instincts Go National

LOVE OF ANIMALS takes strange and surprising forms. It is deep affection for the cow that makes Rajasthan’s education minister reveal that it is the only being in the world that can both inhale and…

Jallikattu: Bullish on Identity

IS IT A 2,500-year-old Tamil tradition canonised in classical literature or an obsolete spectator sport? A show of valour or of cruelty? A game or a cultural artefact? The debate on Jallikattu, the…

In Defence of the RBI Governor

BANKERS, A CLICHÉ goes, lead dull and unimaginative lives. It is safe to extrapolate the claim to central bankers of our age. But if anything, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, the otherwise…

‘I Am Not What I Am Because of Yuvi’

DOOR OPENS. “Yog paaji, Yuvi is bowling.” “Get out, get out! And don’t you dare disturb me again.” Door shuts. Yograj Singh is in the middle of an interview. Now he’s wearing a vein on his forehead.…

The Triumph and Tragedy of Obama

IN THE BEGINNING was the poetry, and the dreams of a people soared with its cadence. It was a time when one man’s biography, an infusion of distant worlds and cultures, became an entire nation’s…

Open Diary

A REVOLUTION HAS OFTEN been described as a change of regime, rather than a mere change of government. Judging from the hysterical responses of people who didn’t vote for him or are afraid of having…

The MGR Magic: The Enduring Image Trap

“IT IS NOT enough if you are a good man,” he said, “You must also appear to be so… You put forward an image of yourself if you want to get anywhere.” No one followed his words as assiduously as he…

Welcome to Trumpistan

DONALD TRUMP AND Barack Obama are the most violently contrasting pair of consecutive presidents in post-war American history, the distinction having been held previously by Ronald Reagan and Jimmy…

The World According to the Donald

NEW US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s geopolitical focus on China and Islamic radicalism meshes well with Indian strategic priorities. But will his administration add real strategic content to a vaunted ‘…

The Day of the Bicycle Prince

ON THE MORNING of January 16th, a day after his wife’s birthday celebrations, Akhilesh Yadav appears “downcast” to one of his suave ministers who called on the leader at his Lucknow residence. A…