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A Matter of Maya

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The BSP leader’s lone battle

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Trial and Error

Twenty-one long years of legal battle, 259 prosecution witnesses, 2,300 exhibits in support of the case. The disproportionate assets case that nipped at J Jayalalithaa’s heels for much of her…

The Fall of Man in the Age of Anger

SOMETHING WENT TERRIBLY wrong in the 21st century. It began by shattering the idyll of liberal democracy in a world where the Iron Curtain had migrated to the minds of nationalist comrades in Asia…

A Matter of Maya

FOR A FEBRUARY afternoon it is quite hot in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh. On a vast ground along the Grand Trunk road, about 160 km from Lucknow, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, Mayawati, is about to…

State of Disgrace

KERALA IS RIGHT now dealing with a sensational and strange criminal case. It is not as serious as some of the crimes it has seen in recent times. Like when in 2011 a one-handed man raped and threw a…

Haldiram: Old Spice, New Success

WHAT IS COMMON between a drunk at the local theka, a homesick student in Brussels and the gift hamper of a businessman? The answer is quite simply Haldiram’s. Chances are that the tippler will clutch…

We Want No Caesars

THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY of the death of William Shakespeare has come and gone and was dutifully registered in our media with a slew of articles about his continued relevance ([email protected], Open,…

Silk Route to Jihad

FOR A COUNTRY that is quite familiar with terrorism, China’s attitude towards it is remarkably insouciant. During his recent visit to Beijing, India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar was informed by…

Ben Stokes: Big Ben Rising

BEN STOKES, THANKS to Twitter, learned that he was worth Rs 14.5 crore in the IPL on the morning of the player auction. That perhaps meant little or nothing to him until, thanks to Google this time,…

Indraprastha

WE ARE LIKE that only, aren’t we? Not long ago, a former Governor, keen to retain a well-appointed sarkari bungalow in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, devised a clever stratagem: he would make out a…