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What Modi Wants in UP

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...and what his voters want

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The Imperative of Economic Expansion

When India decided to open its economy to the rest of the world a little over two decades ago, few would have imagined that Indians would have to listen so closely to every utterance of a foreign…

Tribute to Ray

After 50 years as the film critic for The Observer, around his 80th birthday, Philip French is about to retire. In a wide-ranging interview to The Guardian, which also covered his favourite films,…

When NYT Dropped the F Bomb

The New York Times, that paragon of enduring virtue in the grim world of contemporary newspaper journalism, which tolerates no expletives or profanities in its copy, recently dropped its first ‘F’…

The Rupeenomics of Recession Travel

NEW DELHI An estimated 14 million Indians travel abroad every year. But as the rupee slides, many who were headed to Europe or the United States are instead travelling to cheaper destinations like…

“The Cherry-Picking Has to Stop”

At this time, I am faced with the glaring contrast between the Asaram Bapu case—in which a minor accused him of rape—and the Mumbai gangrape case. In the former, the Jodhpur Police are dropping the…

The Illusion of Immunity

She had spent four months in Delhi when it happened. On a freezing night last December, a woman from a northern European country was trying to get home at 2 am after a party at a posh locality in…

Digitisation and Dumbing Down

The recent sacking of 300-odd employees by the TV18 Group has again triggered panic in India’s TV broadcast industry. The fear being: ‘What next?’ And ‘Will it be me?’ From cameramen and video…

A Tale of Two Exclusives

A day after the rape in Mumbai, between indignation and fulmination, between Times Now and NDTV, there was also this—Raj Thackeray on his two-state theory about crime, and Amitabh Bachchan on the…

Where Hip-Hop Lives

Nivla swills a glass of Scotch. His liquid eyes, set deep inside a face outlined with a Rick Ross beard, are staring into a mirror. Pages scrawled with aborted lyrics are flying, assorted pills…

The Unending Nostalgia of Punjabiyat

No history of Punjab has been written in 125 years, as Rajmohan Gandhi observes in his introduction, even though much has been written about subjects such as the Partition or Sikhs. The task then…