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The Target

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Target: Narendra Modi

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The Absent Context

The YouTube video in which Aam Aadmi Party leader Shazia Ilmi asks Muslims to be ‘communal’ is quite clear. She says explicitly that Muslims have tried secularism without profit. And yet if you see…

The Wonders and Woes of Foreign Funds

The RBI’s ongoing and so far unsuccessful resolve to defeat inflation by keeping domestic credit costly has been pushing Indian companies to mobilise funds overseas. The world’s advanced countries,…

Varanasi

Narendra Modi’s highly televised road show on his way to filing his nomination papers in Varanasi as the BJP candidate on Thursday was meant as a show of strength on a day when 117 Lok Sabha…

The Hindu Hate Monger

If there is support for Narendra Modi among the middle class this election, it is because he has sought to bid his campaign on development and efficiency. But this support will evaporate if the Hindu…

The Wrong Chosen One

As it turned out, the chanting in the stadium came true. During the match between Manchester United and Everton, which the former lost 2-0 and for the first time in 19 years missed the cut to the…

The Great Temple Mafia

Three years after the underground vaults of Thiruvananthapuram’s Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple were opened and a stunning amount of old jewellery, gold and silver estimated around Rs 1 lakh discovered…

A sense of betrayal, a whiff of hope

It was in 2009 while doing his last year of law at Osmania University that Manne Krishank became one of the faces of the student agitation for a separate Telangana state. There had been intermittent…

The Comfort of Masks

Few things better capture the mood of this election than the Modi mask. We’ve seen them now for a while, those smiling bearded faces with the eyes hollowed out. Here, in Benares, where the election…

Home is where the vote is...

Four encounters with expatriate Indians in the course of a week in Turkey recalled the crucial question—Where is home?—underlying the spat between Amarinder Singh and Arun Jaitley as the curtain rose…

El Realismo Gabo, Forever

‘Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.’ So began the story that changed the way…