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Narendra Modi: Still the Unchallenged

NO INDIAN PRIME Minister in recent memory has had on his shoulders the burden of steering both the Government he heads and the political party he spearheads. No Prime Minister since Jawaharlal Nehru…

A Vicarious Win for Modi

ON COUNTING DAY, as the first leads were crystallising into victories, the saffron wave that swept through Karnataka seemed to cradle Umanath Kotian, an unresisting mouthpiece for Hindutva, in its…

Long Live the Supermarket

SO, ARE SUPERMARKETS going to get leapfrogged as a format by e-tailers even before they get a fair slice of Indian shopping bills? Walmart’s takeover of Flipkart seems to dangle that conclusion, and…

Free to Choose

EVEN AS BS YEDDYURAPPA has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, a legal battle and controversy have dogged the decision of Governor Vajubhai Vala to invite BJP’s Yeddyurappa to form the…

The Curse of Non-Performing Assets

A BANKER I am acquainted with, who is the manager of one of the major branches of a PSU bank in a metropolitan city of India, says that his instructions from superiors are to not scout for new…

Everything Has Changed

THE DRAMA IS a distraction, a denial and a disappointment. It reduces Karnataka, where there is only one winner, as in any competition, to an autonomous, isolated piece of uncertainty, to a dispute…

Tom Wolfe (1931-2018): An American Icon

WHO IS A great writer? Someone who sees the future while writing of today? Someone who can coin terms and phrases for posterity? American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who died recently, ticks…

No Country for Terminal Men

HIMANSHU ROY, THE former Crime Branch head of the Mumbai Police who committed suicide on 11th May with a bullet through his head, used to wear his machismo on his half sleeves, which were…

Open Diary

INDIA’S PARLIAMENT HAS justifiably earned itself an un- savoury reputation for the constant disruptions that prevent both legislation and meaningful debate and discussion. As someone who has been a…

The Nehruvian Style of Modi’s Foreign Policy

IN THE FOUR years that he has been in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has animated domestic politics in India and the country’s foreign policy by departing often from conventional methods and…