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Fear and Faith in Dhaka

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A NATION ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

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Sitaram Yechury: The Terminator

It was less than a year ago, in April 2015, soon after being elected the CPM’s general secretary, that Sitaram Yechury had spoken to Open about his resolve not to let his party join any alliance…

Fear and Faith in Dhaka

Caught between the call of jihad and the politics of poverty, Sheikh Hasina is battling alone for Bangladesh. India and the West had better take notice For a celebrated artist whose photographic…

Normalising Netaji

I have never written anything on or about Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, my grand-uncle. The reason is twofold. First, I have plenty of other interests and pursuits that keep me happily occupied. Second…

Inside the Soul of Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich lived and died inside a colossal lie. Loved, loathed, purged, rehabilitated, feted, paraded, humiliated, decorated—it was a life where the only truth was his music,…

The Dangerous Dozen

Anyone in public life will confirm that reputation matters more than truth. Reputation encroaches upon facts, rather than the other way around. The memory of a dozen Caesars, from Julius to Domitian…

A Cowing Down Story

For someone who wants nothing to do with beef, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar keeps getting embroiled in that delicious meat. He is a man who, after a lifetime in politics, tasted power…

TRAI’s Net Neutrality Ruling

For several people in India, 8 February resulted in sweet victory as the Telecom and Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled in favour of Net Neutrality, which means that service providers will…

Govinda

Since 2008, a case has been working its way through the country’s judicial system— from a metropolitan court to the Bombay High Court and finally to the Supreme Court. All because the accused, actor…

RK Pachauri: The Teflon Man

‘Please you are not to grab me and or kiss me ‘I wish you would see the difference between something tender and loving and something crass and vulgar...’ — reported SMS exchange between RK Pachauri…

Amruta Fadnavis: The First Lady on the Airwaves

On 19 February, when Sangharsh Yatra, a Marathi biopic on the late BJP leader Gopinath Munde, hits cinema halls in Maharashtra, Amruta Fadnavis, the wife of the state’s Chief Minister Devendra…