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Shaming the Empire

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There is more to the history of the Indo-British encounter than Shashi Tharoor’s polished rhetoric

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Sridhar Vembu: The Code Breaker

Watching his goats graze contentedly on his ranch in California, Sridhar Vembu likes to chew on what it is to be human. Why do we work? “If you can figure out why people go to temples and churches,…

Parliament: Reapers of Chaos

Tolerance of dissent was the cornerstone of Jawaharlal Nehru’s policy in Parliament. In a speech he made towards the end of 1985, the late President R Venkataraman noted that the first Prime Minister…

Shaming the Empire

There is more to the history of the Indo-British encounter than Shashi Tharoor’s polished rhetoric Shashi Tharoor’s speech at the Oxford Union received fulsome praise from Indians across the globe…

The Write Education

It is all about skills and jobs nowadays. You do not go to college to become a poet or philosopher; you get an education that will prepare you to be a winner in the marketplace, where what matters is…

The Anti-Green Revolution

Sensible people usually find it hard to agree on anything with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, the political party of Raj Thackeray which has desperately tried and failed to create a constituency…

Pecos: Of Drinking and Trading

A Well-known pub in Bengaluru, particularly famous for its retro music and atmosphere, has become India’s first bar to be listed on a stock exchange. Pecos, a 26-year-old establishment which became a…

Not Exactly a Race India Would Want to Win

India is expected to surpass China to become the world’s most populous country by 2022, according to a United Nations report. But this is not a race that India would want to win, considering its huge…

Jayant Patil, Maharashtra MLC

In the post-Kejriwal era of political discourse, two things have become paramount: a minister has to appear frugal and ‘VVIP culture’ has to be abandoned, or at least the appearance of it.…

S Sreesanth: The Stray Bowler

The arrest of the temperamental former Indian seam bowler S Sreesanth two years ago, along with two other IPL cricketers, opened a sort of Pandora’s box which led not just to several matches getting…