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Going Hysterical

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A travesty of dissent as populism surges from Washington to Delhi

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Going Hysterical

We’re all Trumps today. Or that’s exactly what professional anti-Trumpistas have become in their shrillness. It is as if the best way to confront the un-presidential president of the Benighted States…

Enter Priyanka

‘GOONGI GUDIYA’. That’s how Ram Manohar Lohia described Indira Gandhi in her early years in politics. The voiceless doll. Not much later, as if in retribution, she became the maximum leader of the…

Oh, Jallikattu!

We start on a note of blasphemy. The state-wide celebration of Tamil pride was only incidentally about Jallikattu. A majority of those who plunged into this movement, especially the urban youth who…

Making a Deal with Trump

NOW THAT THE over-hyped, over the top, self-referencing change of government celebrations in Washington—carried by the Indian electronic media in the fawning manner the fledging Indian press reported…

Battling the Gods

PK, THE ALIEN who lands on earth in the eponymous film, tries to find God in his search for his stolen transmitter. He never doubts that there is a god, and in his television debate with godman…

The Good Bribe

EXCEPT FOR THE odd occasion when a bunch of start-up investors and entrepreneurs gang up to con India into not accepting free internet access to the poor, usually we are smart enough not to refuse…

The Sound of Good Cinema

AT THE VERY outset is reality. Modern, 21st century reality. Unmoving cars, back-to-back, bumper-to-bumper, on a Los Angeles flyover, set to the cacophonous soundtrack of impatient yelling and noisy…

Trump and Trade

ONE OF THE first decisions taken by US President Donald Trump was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an ambitious trade grouping of 12 countries, albeit one that was yet to take…

The Twisted Arm of the Law

NADIR KP, 28, has thick curly hair and an unkempt beard. Known to friends as Nadi Gulmohar—the last name taken from an online Malayalam literary magazine of which he was once the editor—is a writer,…

Indraprastha

AND THEY SAID Ahmed Patel has lost out with the new bosses in the Congress Party? If the truth be told in this post-truth age, when ‘alternative facts’ have acquired more heft than mere bare facts,…