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High Flier

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THE MAN WHO RUNS INDIA'S MOST PROFITABLE AIRLINE: A PORTRAIT OF RAHUL BHATIA

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Rahul Bhatia: High Flier

As you motor up the driveway to Rahul Bhatia’s home, you instantly sense that IndiGo, the company he built from scratch, could not have been owned by anybody else. His farmhouse on the road to…

Net Neutrality: The net worth of freedom

The structure of the internet inherently makes it a free and democratic space. It has fuelled innovation, and is used by millions —about 40 per cent of the global population—to express themselves,…

The Discreet Campaign of Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa is a believer in Balzac’s view that fiction is ‘the private history of nations’. In one of his essays, The Truth of Lies, he writes: ‘By itself, literature is a terrible indictment…

A Political Merger of Desperation

The so-called merger of the offshoots of the erstwhile Janata Parivar has attracted more attention than it deserves. They came together to form an entity that has no name but a common flag. Except…

Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP

There is no denying that communalism bedevils Indian society. Political figures from both the far right and left have fed on the fears of minorities, especially Muslims, for decades. In a column for…

Thaw Thaw, Not War War

After more than half a century of bringing the world to the brink of a nuclear war, and decades of sustained hostility, the heads of Cuba and the US met for the first time since 1958. Barack Obama…

JATS: BACKWARD FORWARD

It is 12 in the afternoon, the sun almost overhead, and Sir Chhotu Ram Animal Husbandry Education Centre in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, is abuzz with diploma students going for classes. Inside, a long…

There’s Something About Sunny

Consider tweets done in chronological order some days ago by the Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi. There is one on Arvind Kejriwal being a horse trader. This is followed by one on the BJP’…

Yemen crisis

The current conflict is also seen as part of a regional power struggle between Shia-ruled Iran and Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia Yemen is currently in the grip of a deadly political crisis. According to…

Haunted in a Shopping Mall

When a writer is spooked by the publisher An odd incident occurred last week. A book on so-called haunted places in India was withdrawn by its publisher three days before its launch because a Kolkata…