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Can Modi ignore it?

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The Hindu Tea Party: Can Narendra Modi Ignore It?

HIS FOLLOWERS REFER to him as ‘bhai’, and they say it in a certain reverential tone that is typically reserved for gangsters who command utmost fear and respect. With his long hair and a vertical…

Princeling Stars in a Bengal Ghost Story

WHEN THE AESTHETE comrade of West Bengal, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, utters words such as “a historic moment”, we had better take note. He said that without a touch of irony (something even aesthete…

Oh, For the Love of Stretch Targets

INDIA IS A great land for ‘stretch targets’ and not just because they sound so eminently yogic. Even the ram-rod stiff love them. Indeed, it was the corporate culture of this country that first…

Salman Khan: When Middle Paths Don't Work

IN MUMBAI, EVERY time a man goes to a movie, he has to pay homage to Bharat Mata by standing up for the national anthem. Recently, before the release of the movie Jai Gangaajal, you saw Priyanka…

A Game of Thrones: A Tolkien In the TV Room

EARLIER THIS YEAR, an odd thing occurred. George Martin, the so-called ‘Fifth Beatle’, passed away. But the tributes pouring in online were directed towards another individual. Turns out, many people…

Defence Scandals: As Old as the Republic

THERE IS SOMETHING cynical about scandals involving defence equipment purchases in India: they go nowhere. After much heat, and little light, the matter dies down and virtually no one—politician or…

Sunrise Parties of Mumbai

THE NIGHTCLUB, AS we have envisioned it and as its name suggests, is a nocturnal venue. Where young men and women congregate, aided by alcohol and the latest music track, to dance in the night’s…

India's Foreign Policy: The Foreign Hand

IN 2013, Brookings Institution, a prestigious American think tank, opened its New Delhi chapter, promising to disseminate ‘recommendations for Indian policymakers’. Three years later, its Washington…

Kohinoor: Romancing the Stone

QUEEN VICTORIA doesn’t look you in the eye. Hers is a stern gaze, fixed at the top- right of her portrait. It has been so for the past 178 years. The oil-painting of the former monarch often makes…