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WRITER’S BLOCK

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The selective dissent of Indian intellectuals

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Virender Sehwag: The Man Who Wouldn’t Adapt

How will Virender Sehwag be remembered? It is not a coincidence that his peak was also when Indian cricket first lost its fear of winning abroad. Psychology had a part in it. After Sehwag’s initial…

The Dal Price Rise

Just as the government managed to curb rising prices of onions, a staple in most Indian diets, pulses have come to haunt them. Retail prices of basic pulses like tur dal (arhar or pigeon pea) climbed…

Shiv Sena

After the ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni and the forceful cancellation of a Ghulam Ali concert in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena continues with its hooliganism by opposing the Indian cricket team’s…

Victim of Uncharity

At any given point of time there are at least 50,000 children in India who are in need of homes. But only 800 to 1,000 are adopted each year. Indians are not unwilling to adopt. What deters them…

The Shantabai Effect

A slum dwelling Marathi lyricist woke up to overnight fame recently after a song penned two decades ago became a chartbuster. Sanjay Londhe’s song Shantabai had been written then as a lullaby for his…

A Letter From Jerusalem

The cobblestone paths of the old city of Jerusalem are having less footfalls this evening, and every gate that otherwise invites the flâneur to the rhythm of community life—of Arabs, Armenians,…

Subhas Chandra Bose: Stalin’s Prisoner?

The Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry into the death of Subhas Chandra Bose has provided the Indian Government with singularly credible evidence that there was no plane crash at Taihoku (Taipei)…