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Ahmed Patel: Man on the Brink

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The reckoning

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Is the Law Identical for All?

THERE WERE LOUD cheers and firecrackers in the normally tranquil darkness of the village evening. One of my uncles had won the election for a National Assembly seat on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP…

The Fall of Nawaz Sharif

On July 29th, Pakistan’s disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the parliamentarians of his party. Sullen faced and visibly hurt, Sharif elaborated his ordeal in recent months, the…

Ahmed Patel: Man on the Brink

He has been the Sir Galahad of political logistics, an aide of Congress President Sonia Gandhi for well over a decade. Described often as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, as the cliché…

Modiness in the Age of New Me-Dia

WHAT’S MORE FAKE, the news or the politician? In a world where the commander-in-chief launches his deadliest weapons from his cell phone in the earliest hours of the day, and a new Cold War,…

The Right Step by RBI

THE WIDELY EXPECTED reduction in the Reserve Bank of India’s policy rate finally took place on August 1st when the bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided on a 25-basis- point—quarter of a…

Arvind Panagariya: Farewell, Professor

FOR MORE THAN a year in the run-up to the 2014 General Election, Arvind Panagariya had played a pivotal role in hardselling the Narendra Modi brand of ‘economics’ and reviving a debate over the…

Indian Action Heroes in China

SINCE ITS RELEASE, the magnum opus that is Bahubali: The Conclusion has been swallowing up film markets like none other. In its muscular embrace, it has left a trail of shattered records and crushed…

The Three Sins of Aadhaar

HAVING STARTED IN 2010 with the objective of identifying residents using biometric markers, the Aadhaar experiment has grown in size and scale over the years. Not only has it has ignited our…

Open Diary

THE POLITICAL COUP in Bihar caught everyone—apart from Nitish Kumar, Amit Shah and maybe one or two more individuals in Patna and Delhi—by total surprise. It was executed with speed and masterly…