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Modi is Pretty Impressive, says Francis Fukuyama

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Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Review

Because his extraordinary career in cricket spanned 24 years, Sachin Tendulkar is our ‘Peter Pan’ figure, a genius of a boy who never turns into an adult, and whose free spirited image grips two…

1000 Days of Modi

POLITICS WAS A rogue’s deal, or, at the other extreme, a hologram’s last flicker. It was a time when, even as the impatience of a people peaked, power became an enterprise without a moral content. In…

Safe Gambles of Superstars

IN DUBAI, WHILE promoting his next release, Salman Khan, asked about Malayalam movies, said that he was keen on watching Pulimurugan. Released last year, it is the biggest blockbuster in that…

Modi is Pretty Impressive, says Francis Fukuyama

On the day after Donald Trump sacked James Comey, his FBI director, I interviewed Francis Fukuyama, an American political scientist who has for decades been a source of wisdom (and occasionally of…

Chandraswami (1948-2017): Capital Deity

WHAT DID GIANI Zail Singh, Margaret Thatcher, Elizabeth Taylor, the Sultan of Brunei and Egyptian business magnate Mohamed Al-Fayed have in common? They were all guided at some point in their lives…

Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi: A Few Good Men

THE AWARD OF Army Chief’s commendation card to Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, an officer stationed in the insurgency-hit district of Budgam in the Kashmir valley, is a well-deserved honour. This will go a…

Manchester and Radical Islam

THE SUICIDE BOMBING at a music concert in Manchester displayed what are now predictable features of Islamic terrorism in Western countries. The terrorist is usually a young person who has…

1000 Days of Modi: Banking On the Personal Sector

ACCORDING TO CONVENTIONAL wisdom, the first three years of a government’s five-year term are the time for radical policy changes, particularly of the kind which may not have a mass constituency in…

1000 Days of Modi: The Centre Can Hold

THREE YEARS IS a long-time for a Government in New Delhi. Usually, by this time two markers of political health are clearly visible. On the one hand, the number of errors of governance that creep…

The Robotic Politics of Rajinikanth

I CANNOT IMAGINE any other Indian state in a more pathetic situation than the people of Tamil Nadu. A long hoary narrative of Tamil chauvinism and Brahmin bashing in the background of skyscraping…