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Nehru vs Patel: Unity in Diversity

HISTORY, UNDER BJP rule, has developed a surprising tendency to dominate our national discourse. Not only has Indian history increasingly become ‘ground zero’ in the battle of narratives between…

Nehru vs Patel: The Towering Two

THE MOST INTRACTABLE problem with the latest controversy over the relative virtues and shortcomings of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is that it centres on counter-factual…

The Uses and Abuses of What-if History

THERE IS THIS scene in Darkest Hour when a prosthetically enlarged Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill takes a ride on the London Underground to make up his mind on Hitler. The Führer has reached Poland…

The Pull of Realpolitik

IN INDIAN POLITICS no one is ever written off. Often, there is nothing that a party out of power has to do but to have patience. Just a year ago, the Congress had been considered extinct by many, but…

Nirav Modi: Diamonds Are Not Forever

BACK IN 2010, at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, the work of a little-known—until then—Indian jeweller took the world by storm. It was a diamond necklace with a pear-shaped flawless Golconda…

Freedom From Zuma

WHEN JACOB ZUMA called it a day on February 14th, South Africans breathed a collective sigh of relief. The embattled president had been followed by charges of corruption in high places—referred to as…

A Sufi Rejoinder to Radicalisation

I AM BORN FRENCH and Christian educated. My father, a very good man, was a staunch Catholic, whom I adored; my uncle, whom I also doted on, was a parish priest of the famous Montmartre church in…

The Lost Freedom of Cyberspace

ONLINE ABUSE OF authority must have sounded like a joke once upon a time. A couple of decades ago, the notion of authority itself was alien to this free space that existed in a realm nobody could…

Art Nouveau

My moveable art installation of choice at the India Art Fair (IAF) 2018 was the renowned French designer Matali Crasset. The 52-year-old industrial designer easily caught my attention even in the…

Mumbai Notebook

TWO OF MUMBAI’S biggest public events happen within one month of each other. There’s the Mumbai Marathon in January and then the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in February. Just concluded, the nine-day…