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An Open Republic

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Re-imagining India

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Editor’s Note: An Open Republic

Journalism suffers from calendar fetish, and commemorative moments are its most obvious manifestations. Here at Open , we are in such a moment: a bit of navel- gazing, and a bit of crystal ball…

Run of the Mill

If Narendra Modi moves to Race Course Road this summer, India is set for an epic culture war. Even if he remains as cautious in office as he is being as a prime ministerial candidate, a future BJP-…

Decolonisation of the Mind

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the least independent of us all? Or, to put it in more familiar terms, Macaulay ke asli aulad kaun hain (Who are Macaulay’s real children)? The question of whose…

The Unwelcome Mat

The roots of India’s pluralism and warm welcome to foreign cultures run deep. With our inimitable confluence of breathtaking vistas, delectable cuisine and cultural experiences to whet the heart and…

Another Gold Brick in the Wall

To understand why India should further open its economy, you might want to go to El Paso, Texas, and see a section of the five-metre high wall that now separates around 1,100 km of the long dusty…

Urgency of the Alternative

In India at the time of a national election, it’s usually considered fair for politicians and political parties to make promises that everyone knows will not necessarily be kept; for electoral…

Very Humdrum, Sir

The 13th Duke of Bedford wrote that ‘living in an English way is more important in India today than it was in the times of the British Raj.’ That was in the early sixties. It’s tempting to suggest…

In Praise Of The Androgyne

As a child I was often mistaken for a boy. My mother was dictatorial in matters of coiffure. She kept my hair boy-cut short for reasons of practicality. When not in school, my uniform was a T-shirt…

May the Joke Always Be on Us

When Khushwant Singh was editor of The Illustrated Weekly of India, the publication sold more copies than ever before or after. One of the secrets of his success was a series of articles he…