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CULTURE KOMBAT

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Does Hindi Cinema Caricature the North-East?

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Bipan Chandra (1928-2014) - The Gandhian Marxist

His relentless argument for a secular Idea of India will live on In the passing away of professor Bipan Chandra on 30 August 2014 the nation has lost one of its finest historians. He was an activist…

Tin Drum in Tokyo

For the Japanese imperialists of World War II, India was the ‘bird of gold’ and their designs on the country then ruled by the British were well-known: they put prisoners of war to work building an…

The games Ranjit Sinha plays

In Delhi’s power circles, there is a saying that the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) typically trisects his two-year tenure for three different functions. The first phase, that…

Is it the end of the Cricket Nation?

‘We remember not the score and the results in after years; it is the men who remain in our minds, in our imagination.’ To read Neville Cardus, the son of a Manchester prostitute and cricket’s great…

The Jihadi Chic

The forbidding Hindu Kush as backdrop, he sits there, staring at us from that grainy video image, his beard flowing as if he is an angry mountain Jehovah. He is in military camouflage, which merges…

Life in the Housing Bubble

What is the biggest gamble that a middle-class Indian almost inevitably takes in his life? Not marriage, because we are talking of a real financial gamble—the kind of thing that people do at the…

Celebrity Nude Photo Leak

Fantasies came true on Sunday when the internet was flooded with nude photos of Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence. Unlike morphed images, it soon became clear that these were the real deal…

A Cautious Haul Over the Coals

The Supreme Court’s intervention in the coal scam cases has driven home the point that morally upright practices should be employed in economic decision-making. The bench is now expected to take a…

Manish Tewari

Verbosity comes naturally to Congress leader Manish Tewari. Just because he is short of ideas does not mean he keeps shut. After having to eat humble pie for attacking Anna Hazare over corruption…

Flying Low

How do you become a millionaire? Start off as a billionaire and then launch an airline. The copyright to this joke is with Richard Branson and he actually knew a thing or two about the aviation…