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The War Modi Cannot Afford to Lose

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What’s at stake for the Prime Minister in UP?

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The War Modi Cannot Afford to Lose

ON THE MORNING OF February 27th, the gruff police officer who stopped our SUV some 10 km from Mau where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to address a huge rally, his 16th in the ongoing seven-phased…

UP Assembly Elections 2017: Fight to the Finish

THE RUN-UP TO the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh was marked by a dramatic family feud in the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), which provided one of the best spectacles on Indian television…

E-commerce: An End to Cheap Thrills

ON THE NIGHT of February 19th, Yogendra Vasupal, CEO of Stayzilla, a homestay aggregator, was not at ease with himself. He had just finished drafting a blog and couldn’t decide if he should post it.…

Oscars 2017: Man in Moonlight

“IN ORDER FOR you to understand what happened last night [at the Oscars], you have to understand the phenomenon known as ‘peak blackness’,” explained the comedian Roy Wood Jr on The Daily Show. “Peak…

Death in Kansas City

RAVI BANGAR, INDIA’S high commissioner in Nicosia, is a deeply disturbed man. There are 5,260 Indians in Cyprus, he says, and 50 per cent of them are domestic maids. Not only that. It seems…

Good Joke, Bad Joke

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION gives Javed Akhtar, commenting on Virender Sehwag’s comment on Gurmehar Kaur, the liberty to tweet, ‘If a hardly literate player or a wrestler trolls a pacifist daughter of a…

Hearing Aids for India Inc

NOT TOO LONG ago, an equity analyst reduced his voice to a whisper and winked why he fancied India as the world champion of corporate governance some day. “It’s in the name Sebi,” he confided in a…

Good Taste in Movies

I ALWAYS CONTEND I am entitled to a PIO card, as at least 20 kg of me is of Indian origin––due to my love for the Subcontinent’s food. As I near the end of a wonderful two-month visit to India, I…

The Politics of Growth Data

UNTIL SOME YEARS ago, economic growth statistics were a boring matter. A sleepy government department would release them on pre-set dates, there would be some commentary on the op-ed pages of…

The Rage Room as a Smash Hit

FRIDAY NIGHT IN Gurugram is the subject of much discussion. Some take it to mean an early night, others a chance to catch up with friends or family. Some know tonight they’re going to drink their…