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Narendra Modi: The Only One

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The power and pervasiveness of an idea called Modi

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A Thousand Tongues

THE THIRD LIC Gateway Litfest delighted me for a selfish reason. Unlike other literature festivals, it brought together a crowd of 50 speakers of 15 regional languages. The inauguration ceremony too…

Narendra Modi: The Only One

YOU MAY SAY that politics as a science of change has run its course. National mythologies are no longer written by the old peddlers of ideology but by smart manipulators of dreams and despair. They…

Narendra Modi: The Nation Builder

NARENDRA MODI TOOK the tide at the flood in May 2014 to become Prime Minister. Since then, the country’s most talked-about leader since Indira Gandhi has taken ‘the current when it serves’,…

More to Moditva

PUNDITS HAVE BEGUN in right earnest to hang a phrase on the BJP’s stunning victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, gains in Manipur, and sharp tactics to retain power in Goa: an ‘Indira Gandhi…

Suicidal Instincts in the House of Yadav

AS A WRESTLER in his youth, Mulayam Singh Yadav was known for his charkha daav manoeuvre, by which once he got his hands around his opponent’s waist, he would be assured of victory no matter how…

Rahul Gandhi and the Last Rites of a Notional Party

THERE IS AN expression in the colourful vocabulary of Bengali slang: laejur. It is derived from ‘laej’, the word for ‘tail’. The laejur is a creature that, lacking a face, body and voice that can…

Can Amarinder Singh Redeem Punjab?

SOON AFTER THE electoral verdict in favour of the Congress party in Punjab, a video clip surfaced showing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders of the state in an exuberant mood. The party’s convenor, Sanjay…

Mayawati: The Redundant Symbolism of Statues

IN UTTAR PRADESH, MOST election pundits put a Pascal’s wager of sorts on the presence of silent voters who they said would stealthily vote for Mayawati. Their belief proved to be partially correct.…

Mohsin Hamid: We Are All Migrants

ON SUNDAY NIGHT, March 12th, a blizzard was heading straight for the East Coast of the US. The forecasters predicted 20 inches of snow, which would have made it a historic storm. While air travel was…

The Damned Science of Psephology

WHILE WRITING ABOUT psephology, its failure, its success and challenges in the context of the recent round of assembly elections, I can’t escape sharing my experiences of conducting pre-election…