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The Fall of Man

THE UNZIPPED MAN in power is an image that reinforces the gender stereotype of our times. Good journalism and bolder women have come together to shame and then banish him from the limelight. The guy…

Rahul, Akhilesh and Wild Asses

Logically speaking, wild asses shouldn’t have dragged SP leader and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, especially not after Yadav’s…

Has the iPhone Found Its next Big Market in India?

AS THE CLOCK APPROACHED 6 pm and people the world over stood in snaking queues, hands trembling in anticipation for what was hailed as ‘the future of the smartphone’, iPhone buyers in Delhi stood in…

The Power of Two

THE PEOPLE OF Tamil Nadu never had it so good. There is never a dull moment for the man on the street. The epic battle between the indefatigable film scriptwriter Karunanidhi and the former actor and…

Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth: Star Wars

KAAVIYUM KARUPPIL ADANGUM.” Saffron, too, is subsumed in black—the colour of the subaltern Tamil man. There is a reason the media these days hangs on to every word of Kamal Haasan’s, spouter of…

Beware the Robotic Empire

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) technologies are expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, upending every facet of human society from the economy to warfare, along the way.…

A Question of Tendency

YOU COULD, AND must, ignore much of what Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says because it is meaningless spiritual jargon, clichés camouflaged as extraordinary insights about existence. For example, this week he…

Robert Mugabe: The Banality of Evil

WHEN A DETACHMENT of soldiers took control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday, they struck to the copybook execution of a coup d’état. Seizing the public broadcaster, parliament and…

Narendra Modi: Three Years and Undiminished

THE FINDINGS OF the latest Pew Research survey of India—carried out in February to March this year—should surprise no one. The survey affirms that Narendra Modi remains the most popular political…

Padmavati Between Fact and Fiction

THE LATE PROFESSOR KS Lal, a historian admired especially by Hindu rightists and who authored History of the Khaljis, had dismissed any talk of Alauddin Khilji’s ‘carnal desires’ for the 14th century…