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SACRED COW & PROFANE POLITICS

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Sacred Cow & Profane Politics

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Bihar Election: Sons of the Toil

The office of the Subdivisional District Magistrate in Hajipur, Bihar, is having a festive poll season. Or so it seems by the sound of it. Every hour an half or so, trumpets and other band-baaja…

Don’t Blame the Cow

Anthropologists have always been fascinated by the relations between man and beast. Man and cattle have existed in solidarity whether it is the Nuer in Africa or Jains in Gujarat. The Jain…

A Lynching in Dadri

Kaalu Thakur, who has an ‘Om’ tattooed on his right hand and bears burn marks on his left one, saw the group that barged into Mohammad Akhlaq’s house in Bishada village near Dadri town in a part of…

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's Memoir: Dialogue is Destiny

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, famously admonished a pesky correspondent who asked him whether he was a ‘hawk’ or a ‘dove’, saying: “Young man…

Modi’s Perception War

Extremities define the Indian story, and in the popular narrative, they are captured by clichés. The bullock cart is a tired metaphor set against the torque of modern India. The ash-covered sadhu…

Call of the Red Planet

A couple of years ago, I spoke to a bunch of Indians who were willing to go on a one-way ride to Mars. An organisation called Mars One was planning to send a manned mission to the planet and had…

Indian Actors on American TV

The Indian actress Priyanka Chopra recently made her debut on American TV, playing the lead in ABC Studios’ latest drama. In the show, Quantico, Chopra plays an FBI recruit named Alex Parrish who is…

Catholic Groups

The space for new ideas and criticism, even those that sometimes question our religious faith and dogmas, is a crucial provision in any mature democracy. But in India, such nuance, it appears, is…

Henning Mankell: True Detective

The Swedish writer Henning Mankell, who died recently from lung cancer at the age of 67, is an author of several plays and books, including some for children. But his most famed creation is the…

Putting Pigeons on the Pill

The rise in the population of Mumbai’s pigeons and its ill effects on the civic hygiene of the city and respiratory health of human residents is an issue that has long been a matter of concern. For…