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What’s Wrong With Democracy

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New Year Double Issue

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Post-Truth and Indian Politics

THE ERA OF post-truth, we are told, is one of ‘competing sets of facts’ and ‘multiple truths’, each being sold aggressively. As Professor Kathleen Higgins of the University of Texas at Austin’s…

What’s Wrong With Democracy

THE DEPLORABLES. That was what they were called. First as the stigmatised and then as revolutionaries, they had the last deplorable laugh in the American presidential election. Hillary Clinton’s…

In Search of the True Bengali

THE LATE NIRAD C Chaudhuri personalised for me the ties that have always tortuously linked the peoples of East and West Bengal, Bangal and Ghoti as they are called. Those ties are mirrored in the…

Marxism and Martial Arts

FOUR-YEAR-OLDS hate being woken up at 4.30 am and taken through morning ablutions by force, especially when they see most grown-ups in the joint family snoring away. But then a short walk that…

Once in Royal David’s City

CHRISTMAS IS THE biggest national festival in Britain. We don’t have a national day and our other public holidays have almost lost their religious associations, and even names: only us ancients speak…

Vijender Singh: A Boxer’s Life

FOR SOMEONE WHO has spent nearly his entire life trying to evade punches, Vijender Singh has a remarkably beautiful face. Boxing fans seek, and often find, beauty in the repulsive. The dislocated jaw…

Cradle of the Classical

LEAVING BEHIND THE sights and sounds of Thanjavur— the clang-clang of brisk service at evening tiffin, raucous tourists against the dramatic backdrop of the Big Temple, the iPad-equipped guide…

The Original Sin

BY ITS LOOK, Motinagar in Lucknow is a typical urban area of an Indian city: a haphazard arrangement of shops, houses, lanes and bylanes. In current times, it seems that like much of Old Lucknow, it…

In Praise of Stoicism

IT HAS BEEN called the ‘9/11 photograph you didn’t see’. Thomas Hoepker, the Magnum photographer who shot it, chose not to publish it in a book about that September morning as it was deemed too ‘…

The Eternity of Homecoming

IT IS IN alien cities that I have felt my homelessness the most. In alien cities, the realisation that I have no home is set into motion by latent triggers of memory that I never knew even existed.…