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Is Modi’s Technocracy India’s Future?

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As the crisis of democracy deepens, the question assumes significance

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Karan Johar: An Unsuitable Boy

IN A LOT of ways, despite the stifling formal strictures of our land, the gay community in India has made rapid strides. Our mainstream discourse might still be largely homophobic. Gay sex may still…

Shah Rukh Khan: The Image Trap

THIS WEEK DANGAL became the biggest blockbuster that Indian cinema has ever seen. It crossed Rs 350 crore in national box office revenues and might be the first to touch the Rs 400 crore mark. This,…

Doormat Nationalism

IN AN AGE of instant reactions, it is easy to take extreme political positions. With Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp around, it’s just a few finger taps away, unlike a bygone era when it took much…

Prateek Yadav: Down Memory Lane

LATE LAST YEAR, Prateek Yadav found himself up against a date and a curious event. ‘1525—Aliens attacked earth’. There were scores of such dates of nonsensical events—a total of 160—and the 24-year-…

Indraprastha

POLITICS IS THE staple of our national conversation. If anything else seems to interest most people, it is cricket. The media mirrors our popular obsessions, for it cannot be unmindful of the…

Mulayam Singh Yadav: The Home Turf

IN SAIFAI, AROUND 260 km from the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, all eyes in sight are glued to television screens. It’s 6.30 in the evening and people are back home from work. A group of people…

Is Modi’s Technocracy India’s Future?

Indian elites can surely recall the 1990s and 2000s when the country’s international brand rested on the twin pillars of being ‘the world’s largest democracy’ and the ‘India Shining’ campaign. The…

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: The Cost of the Strongman

FOR TURKEY, 2017 started on a bloody note with a terror attack at a popular nightclub, Reina, which killed 39 people in Istanbul. According to eye-witnesses, it was carried out with at least three…

Punjab: A State of Flux

HE IS LUCKY to have his name in the first list. Otherwise, he would have been like scores of other “trishanku candidates” (in limbo), neither here nor there. These words of a block chief of the…

MS Dhoni: Farewell, Captain

JOHANNESBURG. MUMBAI. Birmingham. It could be argued, and argued successfully, that herein lies Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s legacy as a leader. World T20. World Cup. Champions Trophy. The holy troika of…