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2016: The Order of the Outsider

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Subversion or salvation?

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Anthem Agony in Kerala

It seems that the Kerala Police is working overtime to implement the recent Supreme Court order on the National Anthem. After a series of arrests, the state police drive culminated with the detention…

Books: Highlights of 2017

NON-FICTION THE EXILE: THE FLIGHT OF OSAMA BIN LADEN by Adrian Levy & Cathrine Scott-Clark (Bloomsbury) Rigorously sourced, with primary research material dug up using a career’s worth of…

2016: The Order of the Outsider

Certain things were not supposed to happen. They did not make any sense in a world where the rational and the factual still prevailed in spite of the subversive in the arena, or that’s what we have…

Narendra Modi in the Year of Unthinkable Thinking

INDIA IN 2016 saw the normalisation of extremes, just as the rest of the world did—the unthinkable was thought out aloud and the undoable done. While the politics of victimhood, sentiments and…

Partition and the Idea of Pakistan

THE YEAR 2017 will mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of India and Pakistan. While official Independence celebrations will no doubt be organised on both sides of the Radcliffe Line to mark the…

Vanishing Point

IT WAS AROUND a year ago that Bollywood found itself in the midst of a public debate over whether India had become ‘intolerant’. This was fuelled by an Aamir Khan comment which was later echoed by…

A World Unmade

SOON THERE WILL be a new incumbent in the White House. He will have plenty on his plate to deal with. From Syria to the South China Sea, his predecessor will have left a trail of problems begging for…

Open Diary

THE DEMONETISATION exercise has, quite predictably, obsessed India since November 8th. However, beyond the usual chatter over the wisdom or craziness of the move, the kerfuffle has thrown up…

What’s the Matter with Mind?

कर्मेन्द्रियाणि संयम्य य आस्ते मनसा स्मरन्‌। इन्द्रियार्थान्विमूढात्मा मिथ्याचारः स उच्यते॥ This is 3.6 of the Bhagavad Gita. As I have done in the past, I will simply  reproduce the Prabhupada…

The Radical Fallacy

HISTORY HATES TO be taken for granted. It conducts ambushes on speculative philosophers who refuse to learn lessons and insist on treating it as an old fogey. The ascension of a certain man who likes…