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The Horror and Sorrow of Gorakhpur

How do you tell a mother that her child is dead? “Rona mat (Don’t cry),” is the first command. Bundle her up and take her from the back door, is next. Do not talk to anyone about it, comes soon after…

The Many Faces of Sharad Yadav

THE WORD FISSIPAROUS is an adjective for ‘the inclination to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups’. It seems imprinted on the DNA of every politically ambitious socialist ever…

The Doval Doctrine: Never Say Never Again

IN THE WORLD of spymasters, it is said, like cats, the smartest among them have nine lives: in the first three lives, they play; for the next three, they stray; and for the last three, they stay.…

The TV News Business Model

A FEW DAYS AGO, Navika Kumar, managing editor of Times Now, during a panel discussion on the singing of Vande Mataram, told one of the panelists who had sidetracked to the death of children in the…

Prasoon Joshi: The Poet Censor

THE EVENTFUL AND barmy reign of Pahlaj Nihalani is over. So spooked have filmmakers been by the spectre of Nihalani working his scissors as the release dates of their films neared, that his ouster,…

Ending Terror in the Valley

PUTTING AN END to terrorist activities anywhere requires more than just guns and men to wield them. In the case of cross-border terrorism, especially, much more is needed. From putting pressure on…

Divya Bharathi: Portrait of a Filmmaker Exiled

Last week, Divya Bharathi, the 25-year-old director of Kakkoos (Toilet), a documentary film on manual scavengers in Tamil Nadu, decided to leave the state. This was because she has so far had 12…

India’s Crisis of Representation

WITH THE MONSOON Session of Parliament behind us, one of the issues that understandably vexes many observers is the predictability of most parliamentary debates in the Lok Sabha. The Government will…

Open Diary

THE PRIME MINISTER’S Independence Day speech from the Red Fort is preceded by an overload of expectations. Yet, why is it that so few of the 69 speeches that preceded Narendra Modi’s on August 15th,…

Bitcoins: The New Money Trail

BUNTY WAS A dangerous criminal. Too dangerous. Threatening, dacoity, even murder charges, you know,” says Sanjiv Tyagi, superintendent of police in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district, over the phone. “…