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THE LAST FARCE

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A despatch from the Maoist heartland

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All that’s fit to sell

‘Have colgate active plus toothpaste 200g in seal packed condition. I am moving to other country and colgate is banned there. Please get this awesome toothpaste in just 80 INR where market price is…

The rogue godman of Hisar

He called himself Jagat Guru and an incarnation of Kabir, and in discourses to followers, said that to reap the benefits of true bhakti, they must have faith, patience and follow rules. When it came…

Anatomy of a medical butchery

It is five in the evening, and she is waiting for the evening tea to arrive. It has been three days since her daughter Leelabai was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Chhattisgarh…

Rising from the ashes, slowly

What a difference 18 months can make. Last May, India was the poster child of emerging market vulnerability. The current account deficit had reached an unsustainable 5 per cent of GDP, gold imports…

THE LAST FARCE

Meeting Deva, the Maoist commander of Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, India’s most militarised zone after Kashmir, is an anti-climax, especially after a long and uneasy wait in the darkness. The man…

The Gospel According to Dan Brown

I met Dan Brown the day after I read about the publication of The Lost Gospel, a book that tells the story of Jesus and Mary, man and wife, with children playing somewhere in the back garden. Such…

Terminal Decline?

An interesting period in Indian sports was when the hockey team had not even qualified for the 2008 Olympics under the charge of KPS Gill, the president of Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) then. The…

The Global Slavery Index

The second edition of the Global Slavery Index has been released and India tops the list: of all countries, India is estimated to have the most number of people who live like slaves. Pakistan and…

The man who always stays not out

This is what we know of the former BCCI head and Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) de facto owner, N Srinivasan, from the Mudgal Committee report: he was not involved in match-fixing or betting, but turned…

Mulayam Singh Yadav

Normally, you would laud a government that gave free laptops to students, but Mulayam Singh Yadav has suddenly developed a difference of opinion on this. And he has expressed this difference with his…