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J Jayalalithaa (1948-2016): The Ideal and the Icon

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In Jaya’s Tamil Nadu, history and biography became one

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An Unusual Kind of Sorrow

A FEW PARTICULAR, and peculiar if you will, elements of the political character of the Tamil people are evident in their relationship to their leaders, some of it not on display in the instance of…

Rights and Wrongs

THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION, as originally framed, was a document filled with compromises. The nascent republic could ill-afford to take a clear position on many matters, ranging from a unified tax law…

God’s Own Dress Code

HOW MUCH DOES the Almighty worry about the attire of his female devotees? That is a question only God can answer, but God’s Own Country certainly knows exactly what and how much a woman should wear…

Indraprastha

NEVER BEFORE HAVE Indians of all incomes obsessed about money as they have since their prime minister dropped the demonetisation bomb on an unsuspecting nation. Yes, the buzz is all about willful…

Nitish Kumar: Savvy Survivor

ON DECEMBER 3rd, Mavalankar Hall in Delhi was abuzz. Amid drumbeats, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) supporters from across the National Capital Region were gathering in large numbers. The occasion was the…

Out of Maya

IT WAS MORE than 36 years ago, on April 22th, 1980, that Netrapal Singh Brijwasi met the late Dalit leader Kanshi Ram for the first time. “We knew nothing about him except that people would say ‘…

Thank You Dr Watson

BACK IN 2011, a computer system did something remarkably human. It beat two of the all-time best contestants at Jeopardy, one of the world’s trickiest quiz shows, where the quizmaster doesn’t even…

Lady Haha

HOW FUNNY WERE the jokes? They were very funny. We all held our stomachs, threw back our heads and hooted with laughter. But I cannot tell you even one of the jokes. The comedian wants them kept…

Subodh Gupta: Still Cooking the World

IT IS MOSTLY WHEN I meet Subodh Gupta that I feel the greatest regret for never having made enough of an effort to learn Hindi back in school. My mother, who was born and bred in Goa, chose not to…