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Smriti Irani Weaves a New Legacy

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It’s a different kind of culture war for Smriti Irani in her latest role as textile minister and she is all set to weave a new legacy for herself

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Baar Baar Dekho Movie Review

"The purpose of time" wrote the poet X.J. Kennedy, "is to prevent everything from happening at once". His verse draws from the laws of physics and mathematics, and he writes: "Suppose your life a…

Smriti Irani Weaves a New Legacy

AN EIGHT-HOUR FLIGHT, a two-hour car ride and the merciless summer heat aren’t enough to dampen her spirit. Arriving straight from a textile fair in Paris, the Minister of Textiles brings a different…

Wear and Declare

LAST MONTH EcoWatch released an article fiercely titled ‘Fast Fashion is the Second Dirtiest Industry In the World, Next to Big Oil’. Needless to say, it caused a stir. Quoting directly from earth-…

AAP: The Pornography of Power

ON THE EVENING of 31 August, minutes after a sex video clip of Delhi’s Women and Child Development Minister Sandeep Kumar with a woman surfaced, and was aired by news channels, an emer- gency meeting…

What’s Next, Comrade Karat?

YOU HAVE HEARD this before, this angst-heavy indictment: fascists are at India Gate, all set to savage our secular soul. You have heard this whenever India was under attack, not by jihadists or other…

Rekha: The Bored MP

SACHIN TENDULKAR IS a Member of Parliament now, and, presumably, as a representative of the public (as against someone adulated by them, which is a one-way relationship), he is expected to weigh in…

Mukesh Ambani: The Disruptor

WHEN MUKESH AMBANI complains of ‘dadagiri’, a term that conveys anything from benign bullying to oppressive overlordship, it could easily be taken as his sense of humour, the sort of self-parody he…

Water Woes and Wars

THE FLARE-UP in Karnataka over the sharing of water from the Cauvery river has the markings of an annual ritual. Every year, during the scarce season, release of water to Tamil Nadu—the lower…

The Return of Anna Hazare

HIS LIEUTENANTS DURING the India Against Corruption movement have gone on to assume important public personas—Arvind Kejriwal is Delhi’s Chief Minister and Kiran Bedi is now Lieutenant- Governor of…

The Last Days of Death

IN THE TWENTY-FIRST century humans are likely to make a serious bid for immortality. Struggling against old age and death will merely carry on the time-honoured fight against famine and disease, and…