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THE PRIME MOVER

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Of an India rediscovered and the challenges of being modern

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When Even Horror Fails

The 16 December slaughter of 132 children in an Army Public School in Peshawar by Taliban suicide bombers is a tragedy over which every soul has cried. In Pakistan, parents prepared coffins for their…

THE PRIME MOVER

Invariably, it is impatience that culminates in national raptures. In a democracy, such moments are more than an indictment of a regime marked by calcified institutions and frozen leadership—or the…

Escape from Defeat

Respect is earned and not demanded. While the Pakistani hockey players might have been stupid to remove their T-shirts and make obscene gestures after their win over India in the Champions Trophy…

Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States

The new Surgeon General of the United States is of Indian origin, the first. Vivek Murthy, whose nomination was approved by the US Senate, is the 19th to hold that post. British-born, Murthy is just…

The Elders Have Got It Wrong

The strategy of the ‘united’ opposition in the Rajya Sabha (where non-BJP parties form a majority) to stall parliamentary work is both flawed and unwise. Opposition leaders in the Upper House,…

Smriti Irani

The problem with a courtier being more loyal than a king is that she sometimes becomes a headache for others. And Smriti Irani is beginning to make a habit of it. No sooner did Narendra Modi decide…

The Twitter Terrorist

On 14 December, we had screaming front page newspaper headlines detailing the arrest of an executive with an infotech company in Bangalore. The 24-year-old Mehdi Masroor Biswas, his location and name…

How to Break Walls between Genders

After earning a degree in Journalism from Madras University, a transgender woman named Angel Glady decided to go to theatre school in Korea. One day she received an overseas call from a friend named…

A Portrait of the Statesman as Reconciler

Till this day, I remember rather vividly that encounter with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It was a day after 15 August 2001. I was in Parliament House, taking around a visiting senior colleague from The…