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A Portrait of Yakub Memon

“My partner was a Gujarati Hindu, Chetan Mehta, with whom I managed a chartered accountancy firm. This country gave me a degree, respect and so much. Why should I inflict havoc here and on people…

Sitaram Yechury: The Secretary is Elsewhere

When the Communist Party of India (Marxist) holds its plenum, a high-level meet, on organisational matters in Kolkata this November, the country’s biggest Left party will know how it fared in the…

Saving History from Historians

Next year will mark the 50th death anniversary of one of the most influential scholars of Hindu studies. But his immortality is one of the driving forces of the perplexing state of academic discourse…

Of Shashi and Shanta

There is hardly anything that makes Shashi Tharoor and Shanta Kumar partners in a certain kind of political culture. Tharoor strayed into politics after a successful career in international diplomacy…

The Case for Evicting Ganpati

You can’t really debate the existence of religion, and, indeed, science has come around to the point of view that it is wired into our brains. But that still does not make it real. The foundation on…

The DD Kisan-Amitabh Bachchan Controversy

On 26 May, on the eve of the first year anniversary of the NDA Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched DD Kisan, a TV channel for farmers across the country. The state-run broadcaster,…

When Gawker Became the Gossip

Call it irony. American news and gossip blog Gawker, which has been projecting itself as a media watchdog and celebrity news portal for the last 12 years, has now been making news for its own…

Narinder Batra, President of Hockey India

The last time the Indian men’s hockey team won a gold medal at the Olympics was back in 1980. And if the present-day bureaucrats with their massive egos are anything to go by, the chances of the…

EL Doctorow: History’s Darling

Acclaimed American novelist EL Doctorow, three-time National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Humanities Medal awardee, died in New York City on Tuesday, 20 July, at the age of 84.…