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Shimon Peres: The Elder Statesman

IN THE PASSING of Shimon Peres, Israel has not only lost a leader who was devoted to peace, but also a member of the country’s founding generation. After almost 60 years in public life, Peres became…

Banjo Movie Review

This is a movie about street musicians in Mumbai that has a heart, but no rhythm. It is a story about a New Yorker called Chris (Nargis Fakhri) who turns up in the city to select a Banjo band. She…

Denying Pakistan the Dividends of Terror

Since the earliest months of its existence, Pakistan has sought to seize Kashmir through the use of state proxies. That first dalliance with so-called ‘irregulars’ as tools of statecraft led to the…

Provoked and Patient

THE AGEING DEODARS, firs and other conifers in the hills of Uri wore a weeping look, thanks to branches that droop as the trees grow taller. Insects and birds hummed loudly, their sounds breaking…

Bloodshed in the House of Mulayam

On 12 September, Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party general secretary and senior leader, was still asleep when he received a call from party president Mulayam Singh Yadav at 6 am. On the other side, a…

Caste Violence No Bar

THE LAST TWEET from the ‘official Twitter account’ of Hardik Patel, the man who has been helming the Patel reservation agitation in Gujarat, was on 31 July and it said: ‘Is @manoharparrikar job to…

Single Most

IT IS TOUGH not to like Bridget Jones. Here is a woman who loves fiercely, drinks rampantly, speaks freely and laughs loudest at herself. But it was this abandon of spirit that also scared away the…

Stopping the Gravy Train

COME NEXT YEAR and there won’t be a separate Railway Budget. After 92 years, there will be no distinct annual statement of accounts for one of the biggest employers in India. It was a step that…

Crime, Punishment & Politics

“I AM NOT obliged to give you an answer,” says Thomas P Joseph, retired judge turned lawyer and the senior counsel who represented Kerala in the Supreme Court for the Soumya murder case. On 2…

Presence of Mind

DURING MY ANNUAL ‘Staff Development Review’, I was advised that I should take the Mental Health First Aid Course as part of my university’s commitment to reduce mental health discrimination, raise…