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GODS' OWN INDIA

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THE MODI TEMPLE AND OTHER SHRINES FOR POLITICIANS. A PILGRIMAGE

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TRANSITION TRAUMA

Less than 10 months after the resounding loss of his party in the General Election of 2014 and less than a week after its washout in the Delhi Assembly polls, Congress vice-president and campaign…

Among the Believers

My first brush with political deification was on 17 November 2012, when Balasaheb Thackeray, the Shiv Sena supremo, succumbed to a cardiac arrest. At the time, I was a cub reporter working with a…

Waiting for an English Narendra Modi

The Lion and the Unicorn fought for the Crown The Lion beat the Unicorn all over Town Who is the Lion and who the Unicorn as 46 million British voters—no, 39 million, for seven million haven’t…

American Pastoral

The decline of America is a bit of a bore, but it keeps coming in varying shades of ideology. The Left is gleeful; the death—or the fall—of the Imperium is worthy of a rotgut vodka toast. The Right…

Through the Local Looking Glass

Government aid to uplift those in poverty, it is said, is not charity. Besides being the State’s duty, it is also insurance against revolutions because once a breaking point is reached, society will…

The National Air Quality Index

A breath of fresh air, it’s said, always makes one feel better; but when it comes to India, it can be dangerous. A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 1,600 cities finds that New Delhi has the…

Ahok Gajapathi Raju, Civil Aviation Minister

You could admire Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju’s candour, but it is still a little difficult to excuse him for travel habits that violate airport security rules. At a Bureau of Civil…

Ugly Rants in the Name of Faith

The Hindu Loony fringe has brought enough embarrassment for the Modi Government. They need to be restrained from obstructing freedom of expression through rants and offensive comments. The latest…

Towering Glory

When Vivek Ranadive, the Mumbai-born software tycoon, purchased the NBA team Sacramento Kings, he claimed he had a vision for the sport. He wanted to take the game beyond American shores and turn it…

They Are Boozers’ Best Friends

A conversation about a family that lost its main earning member to alcoholism led a group of men in Bulandshahr, UP, to form an association to help such families. Named the Indian Boozers Association…