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The Invisible Empress of Surrealistan

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How Jayalalithaa still rules Tamil Nadu

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Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has banned the use of social media on campus. According to media reports, its denial of access to Facebook and Twitter between 9 am and 5 pm was a move made in the…

Obama: The Lamest Duck

Republicans have taken over the US Congress in the just-held mid-term election, altering the political dynamics in Washington DC. The electoral rebuff is certain to lead to a legislative gridlock,…

The Baddie Who Beat the Blues

Before the 1980S, villains in Bollywood films—most of which were essentially morality plays pitting good against evil—almost had it as good as the hero in character treatment. They had underground…

Why They Didn’t Kiss and Make Up

Since it is perilous to critique a movement launched by earnest yuppies with angry fingertips glued to Facebook and Twitter, let’s start with lauding the intent of Kiss of Love, that thwarted…

Re-opening of New York’s World Trade Center

More than 13 years after the Twin Towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, New York’s World Trade Center has reopened for business. Spread over 16 acres, where the twin skyscrapers once stood, the…

The Rescue Trap

The word ‘Kafkaesque’ is a much abused cliché, but in the case of Shweta Basu Prasad it might well apply. Last week, she was released from a rescue home after being arrested for prostitution, and is…

Pick It up from Piketty

French Economist Thomas Piketty would find this intriguing. The economist, whose book, Capital in the Twenty First Century, has been flying off the book shelves worldwide, is a hot favourite among…

1989: Between History and Memory

If the iron curtain was a metaphor, very Churchillian in its resonance and effectiveness to capture a world divided by the Cold War, the Berlin Wall was very real, and as granite as Communism. On 9…

The Anomalous Imam

It appears that the sole qualification needed to become the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid is the privilege of geneology. This dis- qualifies more than 180 million Indian Muslims from becoming the…

The Invisible Empress of Surrealistan

Rain-smudged posters proclaiming the invincibility of J Jayalalithaa still dot Chennai over a month after she was sentenced to four years in prison by a special court in Bangalore in an 18-year-old,…