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The Safe Indian Liberal

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Importing Coal to India’s New Castle

India’s wealth of coal reserves and relative poverty of oil and gas are long established facts. If cries for a reversal of the coal sector’s nationalisation (of the 1970s) have grown louder in recent…

Modi in College

Over 1,500 students gathered at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in Delhi to hear Gujarat CM Narendra Modi speak amid protests outside the venue. The CM—who was chosen by college students in a…

Don’t Say ‘No’ When You Want to Say ‘Yes’

On 22 June 2009, the tabloid Mid-Day published a story headlined ‘Roadie in Sex Video’. In the first para, it named a contestant of MTV Roadies and said that she is ‘surprisingly well endowed’. The…

A Shock to the Poker System

NEW DELHI ~ The poker face has dropped a little among gamblers in Goa after major casinos announced last month that winnings in Texas Hold-em poker tournaments would come minus 30 per cent tax…

When a Son Goes Missing

On 13 January, fans rushing into the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester to watch Manchester United’s Premier League match against Liverpool were stopped by a man handing out fliers of a missing…

The Assignment

The world had become too beautiful. The beauty was starting to cave in on itself—revealing a core of crisis. One had nothing to hold onto. I was at the time at university, in America. The professor…

Karnataka’s Quantum Qaidi

Mohammad Shamir, A 32-year- old originally from Kannur district in Kerala, finds himself in legal limbo. The 24th accused in the 2008 Bangalore Blasts case, he is officially on the run. So it…

Who Watches Women’s Cricket?

It is two in the afternoon, half an hour to the start of the ICC Women’s World Cup tournament. Only a handful have turned up at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium to watch the first match, a day and…

Mails to Myself

Of all the reasons I’d ever imagined to be the cause that would make my relationship with The Dude unravel like a spool of thread, I’d somehow never thought technology would be it. When you are…

My Name is Gandhi

As the shehzadi of Rampur pulls out her jewellery and tissue sari, a family heirloom, her three daughters doll up for the family portrait to be shot against the velvety folds of the backdrop set…