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Nitish Kumar: Breaking Free

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Nitish Kumar breaks free as a much-vaulted coalition unravels

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Aurangzeb and the Denial of Bigotry

...(Robert E.) Lee once asserted in a letter that slavery was a “moral & political evil.” But in that same letter, he argued that there was no sense protesting the peculiar institution and that…

When Modi Comes to Zion

IN THE LAND of Israel, it’s always been a struggle between the cruellest paradoxes of history and the sacred legitimacy of memory. As the sun sets on Mount Zion, take a walk through the cobblestoned…

Modi Embraces History in Israel

AFTER 25 YEARS of courtship, India and Israel have made their affair official. Looking at partner Narendra Modi, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it ‘a match made in heaven.’ The…

How to be Hungry But Untouchable

IN THE 70S and 80s, one of the great imaginations of human doom was the Nuclear Winter, the earth laid barren and desolate by radiation and fire from which smoke would be a blanket of dark around the…

The Poetry of Federer

AGE HAS BEEN lurking around the corner all of last week, like it surely must have since time immemorial, jumping on the mightiest of modern-day athletes. Punching them in the gut and crushing them,…

India-Israel: Natural Friends

AS EXPECTED, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel has been spectacular. Apart from the optics—the glowing warmth with which he was received by the country— there has been plenty of…

Sorry, No More Hero Worship

WHAT IS MORE sensational in Kerala than a popular actor being abducted and molested in her car and the crime being filmed? Especially when it is speculated by the local media that a superstar is…

Nitish Kumar: Breaking Free

AT A RECEPTION IN a South Delhi farmhouse hosted two months ago by a former high-profile bureaucrat long associated with Bihar, a senior Union minister was holding court when he announced that Lalu…

Open Diary

WHAT CONSTITUTES dressing appropriately? I don’t think this question has any clear, straightforward answer, particularly in an age where informality and casualness have become the defining hallmarks…

The Sexual Ring

JEWELRY IS OFTEN imagined as part of the body. Think of all those metaphors that liken a woman’s body parts to jewels: pearly teeth, ruby lips, eyes shining like diamonds, golden hair. Philip Roth,…