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Among the Good Believers

Cover Story

Does religion make for nicer human beings? A number of scientific studies say so

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Indu Sarkar Movie Review

The imposition of the Emergency in 1975 meant a suspension of individual rights, but the severity of its application was regional. It was the North Indian provinces that suffered acutely from forced…

Beware the Boss

LIKE MOST OF his puritanical predecessors in the Stalinist confines of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM), Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is a reluctant conversationalist. His…

Among the Good Believers

TWO YEARS AGO, I had gone to meet Father Davis Chiramel in the town of Thrissur in Kerala. In 2009, he had given his kidney to a Hindu electrician in the village where he had his parish. It had been…

The Whispering Conscience of Nitish Kumar

WHEN THE MORALITY play of socialists reaches its finale, the stage gets littered with fallen comrades and broken pledges. A bit of Shakespeare with a dash of farce. Today, the ageing, exhausted…

How to Manually Steer Backwards

NITIN GADKARI HAS made transport his pet domain ever since he was a minister in Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena-BJP government in the mid-1990s. He was responsible for a slew of flyovers that considerably…

Yash Pal (1926-2017): Scientist With a Cause

SOME 40-ODD years into India’s independence, just as winds of change began to sweep across the country in 1991, a science programme, Turning Point, appeared on Doordarshan. It was hosted by the actor…

Enforced Patriotism

THESE ARE CONTENTIOUS times in India. After almost three decades of weak governments, during which regional parties and state governments filled the power vacuum, there is a strong Central Government…

Jinder Mahal: Strongman from Punjab

LIKE MANY INDIAN children in the late 80s, Yuvraj Singh Dhesi dreamed of wearing spandex and beating up the bad guys in the Mecca of pro-wrestling, the World Wrestling Entertainment. Raj would sit…

Indraprastha

THE MORNING A New Delhi daily reported that the RBI had stopped having Rs 2,000 notes printed, and instead the security presses were furiously rolling out new Rs 200 currency notes to be introduced…

Mumbai Notebook

VICTORIAS MAY FINALLY ride into the sunset. For outsiders, that sentence will make no sense, but Mumbaikars will know what it means: that the familiar clip-clop of horses near the Gateway of India…