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The Salman Sutra

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The man, the mind and the mayhem. Up close with Hindi cinema’s biggest star

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Salman Khan: The Last Sultan

Outside a large vanity van that casts a soft light upon its owner whenever it is opened, like a refrigerator in a dark room, Salman Khan sits under a temporary structure made of poles and tarpaulin…

The Wreckage Beneath Trumpism

THE EXISTENCE OF evil is a moral requirement in politics—or so it seems in the age of Donald Trump. How this man has soared so high, defying gravity, asks the outraged. And the man himself, reading…

Prohibition Law: Drunk When Drafted

ANY LAW WHICH holds people guilty until they are able to prove their innocence is always a bad idea. It does not matter whether the charge is rape or terrorism, once the principle of assumed…

Anandiben Patel: The Dispensable Lady

IT IS NOT easy for anyone to fill the shoes of an exceptional leader and the history of politics is replete with instances of such failures. In 2009, after Andhra Pradesh’s dynamic Chief Minister YSR…

GST: A Deeper Union

THE PASSAGE OF the Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha on 3 April paves the way for a Goods and Services Tax (GST) across the length and breadth of India. While there are a couple…

Ka Bodyscapes: Still the Forbidden

IT IS COMMON knowledge that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) views any movie that questions the prevailing morals and values of society with suspicion. A court ruling over Udta Punjab…

Namvar Singh: What Will Marx Think?

THE BIRTHDAY OF someone who has just turned 90 is usually a cause for celebration. A life well lived is its own reward, and one filled with achievements offers another reason for cheer. But in Delhi’…

India Before Itself

IT IS ‘ABSURD’, Jawaharlal Nehru acknowledged, ‘to think of India or any country as a kind of anthropomorphic entity’. And yet, he couldn’t resist feeling ‘that a country with a long cultural…

Beware the Cow Boys and Girls

THERE IS A LARGE puddle in the middle of the narrow road that leads to Shankar Gaikar’s row house. It stands at the dead end of the alley. All houses here have tall gates, but whereas the others are…

US Election 2016: Did the Khans Break the Trumpet?

AMONG THE MANY surprises of this seething, perplexing American election season is the fact that its current stars, a hundred days from polling, are a family of Pakistani Americans from Virginia. That…