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Donald Trump: The Ugly American

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Assault of the locker-room Republican

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Donald Trump: The Ugly American

America is such a thunderclap of predictability. All Donald Trump’s racism, misogyny and swinishness on world-wide TV in the last 16 months resulted in scant censure from leaders of the Republican…

There is Just One Issue: Kashmir

THE SURREALNESS OF it all. In a few months, the making and breaking of a relationship that was flawed to begin with assumed the form of a black comedy in all its grotesque colours before it…

A Matter of Good Taste

“IN POLITICS, as anywhere else,’ wrote Václav Havel, ‘it is impossible and pointless to say everything all at once, to just anyone. But that does not mean having to lie. All you need is tact, the…

Death of a Child

YOUR COLUMNIST, always firmly convinced that choice of death is an inalienable right of a human being, was once upon a time an admirer of the Jain custom of Santhara, where a person, usually aged,…

Nihal Raj: The Youngest Youtube Entrepreneur

THE DOORBELL RINGS in short bursts of three, impatience on an otherwise slow afternoon. Ruby Rajagopal sets aside the whipping cream, wipes her hands on a kitchen towel and hurries to sign for the…

Indraprastha

HAVING WITNESSED FROM close quarters the rise and fall of several governments in the past four decades, I can say that the one now in the saddle in New Delhi is easily the cleanest. There is not a…

The Pleasures of Melancholy

IT SEEMED SUMMER was never going to end but the spreading crimson on the Virginia creeper on the back wall and the browning leaves on the horse-chestnuts in the park prepared us for the sudden change…

PV Narasimha Rao: The Saga of the Southerner

AT OUR VERY LAST meeting, PV Narasimha Rao asked me for an exhaustive note on the Babri Masjid controversy. “Never mind how critical, just put down all you knew and thought. I want your own views.”…

Parmeshwar Godrej, the First Socialite

After Parmeshwar Godrej’s (1946-2016) demise on 10 October, a wide range of personalities from remarkably disparate fields offered their condolences in public. There were world-famous authors,…