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Relentlessly Amit Shah

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As Amit Shah prepares for the next round of elections after UP, the BJP president reveals his mind

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Relentlessly Amit Shah

THREE YEARS IS a short period in politics, but for BJP President Amit Shah, 52, it has been a long journey, literally, covering more than 500,000 km campaigning across the country, winning most…

All About Family Values

TOLSTOY FAMOUSLY WROTE in Anna Karenina, ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ Happy families are great fun to be part of or to be with, but they make for…

Writing on the Wall

ONE OF THE legacies that the English handed down to us was the subject of ‘composition’ in school, beginning right from the primary level. In their education system, there was great stress on how to…

Vinod Khanna (1946-2017): The Debonair

THE PHOTOGRAPH OF Vinod Khanna in hospital that got leaked and went viral has something heartbreaking about it. He looks weak and frail, unshaven and unkempt, and in his embrace of the people closest…

The Fail and the Fallacy

THERE WERE PLENTY of signs for quite a while that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), once the poster child of ‘clean’ politics in India, was in trouble. But when the results of the intensely contested…

The Ambush at Sukma

ON THE AFTERNOON OF April 24th, a contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) came under attack from Maoist guerrillas near Burkapal village in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The jawans had…

Tamil Nadu: Vacancy for an Icon

IN THE POLITICAL theatre of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa’s sinuous solo is a tough act to follow. An ensemble cast made up of stage hands has thus far kept the production going by turning it into a…

Let’s Speak in English

LET PURISTS FRET and pundits fume while politicians plot for all they are worth. I am convinced the worthy aspirations of the multitude will save us from being swept away by an avalanche of Hindi…

Open Diary

MEMBERSHIP OF Parliament comes with some privileges, some of which are desirable and others less so. There are two that make you feel damn privileged. The first is the accommodation in the heart of…

Female Qazis: Raising the Bar

IN THE LAST two years that Suraiya Shaikh was preparing herself to become one of India’s first female qazis, she grew close to a young woman in a Muslim neighbourhood in Mumbai’s Khar suburb. Shaikh…