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THE THREE MEN WHO RULE INDIA

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THE THREE MEN WHO RULE INDIA

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AXIS OF POWER 2014

In the beginning, it was bonding over dinner. It was the 90s, and Narendra Modi was a regular visitor to Arun Jaitley’s Naraina home in New Delhi. Jaitley was then a full-time lawyer, and Modi, a BJP…

Why strong leaders are highly vitaminised

There is a certain folklore about masculinity and leadership among middle class India. Indians generally see their leaders as weak, almost feminine, and dream of a strongman. They want an individual…

THE LAST FOSSILS

Suddenly, there is hyperactivity in the ideological bunkers of Gole Market in New Delhi. The bunkervaasis, who learnt Revolution 101 in the classrooms of Jawaharlal Nehru University, are fighting…

Lead, Kindly Light of Reason

From the time in 1543 when Nicolaus Copernicus’ paper was published putting forward the idea that the earth is not the centre of the universe (so by extension mankind) and actually revolves around…

The cyclonic storm Nilofar

Cyclone Nilofar originated over the Arabian Sea rather innocuously as a low pressure zone that intensified into a depression on 25 October. It then gradually gained in strength to become a cyclonic…

A Firm Stand on Black Money

The Supreme Court’s order to disclose the names of all foreign bank holders earlier this week reignited the debate on the need for a dynamic balance between various institutions. The court passed the…

Anil Singh, UP Shiv Sena President

Shiv Sena’s national party President Uddhav Thackeray has two sons but the party’s Uttar Pradesh President Anil Singh believes that the minimum number of offspring a family must have is 10. At least…

A Natural Champion

Earlier last week, a rather major Indian sporting achievement went largely unnoticed—the Bangalore cueist Pankaj Advani won a record 11th world title in billiards. The latest addition to his kitty is…

The Gender Bias No One Talks About

In Mumbai, there are an estimated 5,993 public toilets, apart from 2,466 urinals for men. In comparison, women have access to only 3,536 public toilets. And while men are only charged money for using…

LUTYENS SYNDROME

This isn’t a city. This is fantasia. Deep verandahs, and Corinthian columns, and sprawling lawns and courtyards. Sometimes, they say, peacocks venture near the glass windows, and in the night, they…