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Of Natural Wealth and Auctions

India’s expanding economy has exerted enormous pressure on its natural resources, often leading to its unethical exploitation that has resulted in violent clashes in tribal belts. In this context,…

Christ, What’s with the CPM?

The venue of a recent state-level conference of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) in Kerala was decorated with pictures of revolutionary leaders, among them Jesus Christ. The Syro Malabar…

The Rise of Captain Tamil Nadu

The alliance between the AIADMK and DMDK has ended—in typical Jayalalithaaesque fashion. Amma, as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is called, announced its end last week after a heated verbal duel with…

The Beginning of New Beginnings

Even though its own projections predict a hung house, the Congress is rather upbeat about the ongoing Uttar Pradesh (UP) elections. Combined with its performance in Punjab and Uttarakhand, where…

Not the Expected Party

A tourism promotion initiative co-sponsored by the Karnataka government to lure foreigners to the state’s beaches didn’t exactly go according to plan. What was intended as a celebration of music…

Let He Who has Never Watched Porn

All those aghast at three Karnataka BJP ministers, Lakshman Savadi, CC Patil and Krishna Palemar, watching porn on a mobile phone in the Assembly would do well to cast a good hard look at their…

From Agneepath to Pushto translation

MUMBAI ~ The man who wrote the dialogues of the original Agneepath sits surrounded by Urdu texts in his Santa Cruz office, and answers questions with the resigned air of someone who just doesn’…

Heads of States as Arms Peddlers

India is one of the world’s largest arms importers, declared Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think-tank, last year. Nearly one-tenth of the volume of international…

‘Too Terrible a Judgment’

Q The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and now the lower court say that there is no case against P Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum scam. What do you see that you think they can’t? A Well, as…

Two Faces of Denial in the 2G Case

The decision of the Supreme Court has at least established that there was something wrong with the allotment of 2008’s 2G licences. But this has not stopped the attempt to minimise wrongdoing by…