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Modi and the Monk

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Portrait of a Political Sanyasi

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Return to Ayodhya

IT IS RARE for a Chief Justice of India to suggest an out-of-court settlement of an issue. Yet, that is what Justice J S Khehar did on March 20th when he suggested that the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri…

Modi and the Monk

THIS MAN IN power marks the lowest point of Indian democracy. As an embodiment of criminality and immorality, he makes the institutions of a much-battered civil society vulnerable to the perversions…

Yogi Adityanath: The Chosen One

LIBERALS STILL FLOATING in alternative reality are angry but Narendra Modi’s choice in Uttar Pradesh is based on smart strategy and long-term dividends. Modi, who delivered the victory, has used the…

Yogi Adityanath: Uses of the Ascetic

ON MARCH 21ST, Yogi Adityanath rose in the Lok Sabha and delivered a farewell speech. He was courteous to his elders and peers in the House, managing even to prise a wry smile from Mallikarjun Kharge…

How Much Does Size Matter?

IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE figure, 400 million, the subscriber base that Vodafone and Idea will boast of once these two telecom companies merge. The deal catapults the combine to India’s top spot, leaving…

India: Unhappily Yours

A DAY AFTER YOGI Adityanath was sworn in as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the world and India celebrated International Day of Happiness, one more instance of the oft-forgotten adage that…

Chuck Berry (1926-2017): Rock Icon

WHO INVENTED ROCK ’n’ roll? It’s one of those big messy debates music historians have been having for decades. Some will cite Jimmy Preston’s Rock the Joint (1949) or Fats Domino’s The Fat wMan (1949…

Kissed and Damned in Kerala

BECAUSE I HAVE been profoundly immoral all my life, I have had ample opportunity to watch and observe the moral policemen of Kerala over the decades. The first moral policeman in my life was, of…

Mumbai Notebook

IT IS A truth universally acknowledged that the BMC is in want of good management. For the uninitiated, those initials once stood for the Bombay Municipal Corporation. But when the Shiv Sena, in its…