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A Crisis Called Rahul

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The Congress faces its biggest existential question

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The Rewards of Being a Spectacle

THE ASPIRING politician who does not have either charisma or intelligence or connected kin finds himself in the peculiar position of having to climb a difficult mountain relying entirely on the worst…

Path Clears for GST

FINALLY THERE IS light at the end of the tunnel for the Goods and Services Tax (GST). There is now a realistic chance that the ambitious tax reform Bill will be passed by Parliament in the Monsoon…

Attack of the Red Tape Virus

TWO YEARS AGO, Praveen Rahi, a scientist at the Microbial Culture Collection in Pune, began to study the micro-organisms living in cellphones. He grew curious about the subject as several studies…

An Open Sky Policy for the Space Age

AN ENTIRE generation of dreamers who sat up late nights studying hard to become rocket scientists and then found themselves laughing at their own naiveté may now have reason to drop their grey-haired…

How Modi Has Overcome the Inhibitions of History

EVEN BY THE fanfare that usually greets Indian prime ministers in Washington DC now, there was something different about Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the US. For example, there was a standard— and…

Dont’t Burn the Book of Freedom

OUR CONSTITUTION IS in vogue these days as never before. Scarcely does a ministerial speech fail to make a ritual genuflection to its all-pervasive majesty. Prime Minister Modi even used the occasion…

A Crisis Called Rahul

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party nominee for the presidency of the United States, recently described her Republican opponent Donald Trump as “temperamentally unsuited” to hold the highest office…

Brexit or Stay, Behold Boris the Outsider

WHEN THE EMPIRE dressed up in vibrant colours for the Queen’s 90th birthday last weekend in London, it was a generational saga of royal pomp on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. Competitive palace…

The Name of the Rose

I REMEMBER VIVIDLY how my grandfather once came home in almost a state of shock after visiting a friend of my mother’s: “She had no flowers in the house, not even a small posy from the garden.” I don…

Reimagining Azamgarh

IT IS 2 PM on a summer afternoon at Sathiaon Chowk, 15 km from the town of Azamgarh on the road to Mau. Despite the heat, the place is abuzz with activity. Young men throng the sparkling bike…