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The pragmatic nationalist

Before he left for the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had struck down a suggestion by his own external affairs establishment—a few senior officials wanted him to say…

The Free Spirit

Certain writers become characters in the larger drama of history, and the text of their imagination struggles to keep pace with the context of their existence. When Mandelstam sang against Stalin,…

Need for mutually assured decisions

The Supreme Court collegium’s decision to overrule the Government’s reservations on its recommendation to appoint Karnataka High Court judge KL Manjunath as Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana…

Binay Bihari

Political leaders in India, often prone to gaffes, have in the recent past made absurd remarks about the spate of sexual molestation and rape cases in the country. Recently, yet another inane reason…

The Last Falcon: Jamil Ahmad

This Monday, we lost Jamil Ahmad, long-time Pakistani civil servant and late-in-life author; Ahmad made his literary debut when he was 79 with The Wandering Falcon (2011), and passed away at home in…

“The Neo-Middle Class has to be supported”

It was as if Arun Jaitley had been working all those ten years since the last NDA Government for this moment. As the architect of the Narendra Modi Government’s first Budget, the Finance Minister was…

Death of the beautiful game

For Brazil, this was a World Cup of unexpected turnarounds. Six weeks ago, before the first ball was kicked, the hosts were the overwhelming favourites to win the tournament for a record sixth time.…

The Age of Criminal Reason

If someone is between 16 and 18, the Indian state does not think him mature enough to vote; he is unfit to exercise a considered opinion on who should make the laws that govern him. When it comes to…

The ongoing episode of the Israel-Hamas conflict

The current Israel-Hamas conflict is one of the deadliest confrontations between the two in several years. It has, according to Palestinian officials, already led to the death of over 202 people,…

Enigma of the Missing Aircraft

Bangalore: In 2002, a Messerschmitt Bf-109 World War-II fighter jet was illegally sold for the ridiculously small amount of Rs 1 lakh by an engineering college in Karnataka. It was believed to have…