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Fidel Castro: My Hero in Havana

Growing up in a Marxist household in northern Kerala, the first time I heard the name Fidel Castro was during the Falklands War of 1982. The elders at home were discussing UK’s aggression under…

Modi in the Age of Rage

THIS IS WHAT we know: it’s not a good time to be in power. Politicians playing by the rulebook are being assailed by furies from the farthest provinces of resentment. Slogans no longer inspire the…

The Editor of Ideas

THAT WAS ANOTHER time in journalism. Pages were not as well curated as they are now. Headlines were not as desperately clever as they sometimes are today. It was staid. It was monotonous. It was at…

Qamar Javed Bajwa: The Other General

THREE YEARS AGO, when Nawaz Sharif had to choose the next Pakistan army chief, it is said he selected the most apolitical one among the candidates, someone who posed the least threat to his power.…

Farewell Fidel

THE DUKE OF Bedford didn’t have India in mind when he wrote that ‘the social significance of Marks (& Spencer) was greater than that of Marx; or to put it another way: Simon (Lord Marks who…

It Takes a Village to Redefine Power

IN 2010, WHEN Chhavi Rajawat quit her job at Bharti Tele-Ventures to contest the election for village head of Soda in Tonk, Rajasthan, she became an overnight celebrity. A Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College…

Can India Go Cashless?

THESE ARE CASHLESS days in India. Soon after the Union Government withdrew high-denomination notes in early November, the debate on India moving towards a cashless economy—or more plausibly, a less-…

Mumbai Fable

THIS MONSOON, the entire road network of Mumbai collapsed. Footpaths, tar, gravel, concrete, emanations of black holes hidden under muddy brown slush—all melded together to create a Jackson Pollock…

The 311 Problem

DEMONETISATION IS treating a symptom. The disease is systemic and grave, and relates to the institutionalised corruption in the vast, inefficient, wasteful and mostly ineffective administrative…

Open Diary

WHEN THE DUST settles, the ATMs start functioning again and the social media posts about the desperate plight of the neighbourhood liberal’s maid and maali ceases, it may be worth collating a list of…