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Abe and Mo: A Love Story

AROUND A FORTNIGHT before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was to land in Ahmedabad, Tokyo made a query at the National Museum in New Delhi about the original tiny statue of Mahatma Gandhi’s three wise…

Modi’s Mandal: The Day of the Most Backward

INSIDE UTTAR PRADESH’S Jaunpur town, not far from its landmark 16th century Shahi Bridge on the river Gomti, RK Maurya runs a teashop that sells hot samosas and excessively sweetened tea. He does…

Home Alone

TILL TWO YEARS ago, the story of 30,000 home buyers from Jaypee Infratech in Noida would have followed a predictable course. They bought when the real estate market was up, then it went down,…

The Rhetoric and Reality of Real Estate

THE VALUE OF real estate, one hears, is a function of three things: loquacity, loquacity, loquacity. This seems especially applicable to Aamby Valley City, that snazzy spinner of the senses created…

iPhone: The Mystique of iDesire

EVERY MARKETING MANAGER in the world is in awe of Apple. Why? Because it has fulfilled their fantasy ever since they got out of management school and came to harsh terms with the real world of…

Rohingyas: Home Has to be Elsewhere

THE TENTS PITCHED in Jammu are a long distance away from Rakhine, Myanmar. If one were to make a journey by foot and road, it would take days to get from the northwest corner of Myanmar to the…

Open Diary

ONCE UPON a time, all political parties in Bengal used to swear by—or at least pay lip service to— Swami Vivekananda. Initially the Communists were a little wary of this ‘Hindoo monk’ and somewhat…

Kashmir’s Autonomy: The Valley of Flaws

THE BHARATIYA JAN Sangh’s first major agitation focused on Jammu & Kashmir. In May 1953, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the Hindu Mahasabha politician from Bengal who had been recruited to become the…

The Theatre of the Absurd

EVER SINCE THE death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu has been in a political vortex. An acting chief minister was forced out by the party’s éminence grise. In a twist of fate, this ‘…