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The Empire Stamps Back

It just was a local scheme of the British Empire that went on to capture the world and has lingered on in some 300 countries, affixed on our minds, even after the imperial forces shrank back into the…

Though This Be Madness, There Is Method In’t

It is still mid-morning when I land up to meet Surjit Hans at his Phase XI Mohali residence. The numbered linearity is an imposition from neighbouring Chandigarh, which has managed to stamp a certain…

‘You Guys Are So Expressive’

The world’s largest mobile phone maker Nokia is perhaps the only consumer product company in the world to be the market leader in every single country it operates in. But what’s at the heart of the €…

Balti Food© Birmingham

If the British have their way, the Indian word ‘balti’ will soon belong to them! They are not interested in our Hindi word for the lowly bucket. For them, Balti is a special type of curry to which a…

‘No Compromise on Leading Rebellions’

Q Your party did not do well in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, winning just 16 seats. Could you tell us the reasons for the CPM’s lacklustre performance in these elections? A As per our analysis, we…

Karma Chameleons

On 4 November, Muslim employees at the 19-storeyed Haj House in South Mumbai were taken by surprise by the loud sloganeering at the gates. Surprise turned to shock when they realised that the angry-…

Loyalty and Its Symbols

A couple of days before Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, or the 14th Dalai Lama, landed in this picturesque town nestled in the folds of the Eastern Himalayas, Tibetan flags were…

Confused Crosshairs

You could accuse journalists of just about everything. But coining a name for a military offensive wouldn’t be one of them. So, what does the top brass at the Union Home Ministry mean by accusing the…

India This Week

The Brothers Reddy and Their Swaraj A decade ago, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj took on Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the Lok Sabha electoral battle at Bellary in Karnataka. The…

A Rushdie Sequel?

Salman Rushdie is reportedly writing a sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a children’s book he wrote in 1990 after his oldest son Zafar said he should write something kids could read. Haroun…,…