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The Fall of the Middlewoman

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Why she had to go

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Sufis vs Deobandis in the Gandhi Stronghold

This critical divide within the Muslim electorate threatens to change old equations in Uttar Pradesh The Muslim vote in Uttar Pradesh has long been one of the great unpredictables of Indian electoral…

Tragedy and a Disaster

It’s tragic when anyone dies, but for Oommen Chandy, Kerala’s Chief Minister, a death of any MLA or minister means more than an emotional tragedy. When Kerala’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister TM…

Foothouse Blues

You’ve got to be careful who you invite to speak at your function. The Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation, which recently gave away Earth Heroes Awards at a ‘simple’ ceremony in Delhi, learnt this…

The Beasts Within

A new, damning report by the Intelligence Cell of Panna Tiger Reserve says that forest officials abetted poachers, and account for the speed with which Panna lost all its tigers: from 23 in 1994, to…

Lesson for Dumb Criminals

BANGALORE ~ When his credit card statement arrived, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla discovered that he had gone shopping in Bangalore. Over five days, he had swiped his card six times, even buying…

Calling All Savers: Please Come Back

A full-page ad a few days ago in most Delhi newspapers screamed ‘Issued in public interest’. Kotak Mahindra Bank, it announced, had raised the interest rate it pays on savings accounts to 5.5 per…

AFSPA as Magic Wand

DELHI ~ The symbolism of the day could not have been better. At a Police Commemoration Day function in Kashmir, on 21 October, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had an important announcement to make. The…

Badshah of Bad Taste

Ra.One is an insult to the intelligence of both the comic book superhero and the film’s audience. Superman has Kryptonian strength; Spiderman’s combat power comes from a radioactive spider’s bite;…

F1: Ways of Seeing

He hears the syncopated rattle of pneumatic drills during a tyre change As that rare sport that is louder than its spectators, there is little wonder motor racing does ‘sound’ so well. For Formula 1…

City of Echoes

The girl standing next to me at the bar ordering four cosmopolitans is in a hot pink strapless body-hugging dress. It has a few origami-like folds coming up from the waist, and I can see the grain of…