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Rahul Gandhi: The New Boss

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Woven Winds

There are untold tales of life on the river banks in India. Carriers of a riverine culture, rains and river banks were fundamental in shaping folklores, myths and legends. Over time, these lives and…

Fukrey Returns Movie Review

Though Punjabi words are bandied about in this film, including the title, which refers to good-for-nothing fellows, the culture it sources is not from Punjab. It is a sort of rootlessness in a…

Rahul Gandhi: The New Boss

On November 24th, Rahul Gandhi, who is now certain to become president of the Indian National Congress, was so moved by a part- time lecturer’s grievance in Ahmedabad of inadequate remuneration that…

Inhouse Rumble Against Dynasty

The Shehzad (Poonawala) versus Shehzada (a routine BJP pejorative for Rahul Gandhi) controversy is not about to die down anytime soon. Bets are on in some quarters on whether Poonawala was instigated…

The Marry Go Round

ECONOMISTS HAVE GREAT faith in incentives as a mechanism that can fix every social problem that humanity faces. This might have been put under a formal framework in recent times, but what is ever new…

O Jerusalem!

THE WEIGHT OF the promised ground, its temples, walls, synagogues and mosques, arenas of ancient divisions, press down heavily on generations of its people. Peace-brokers, well-intentioned diplomats…

The Policy Constant

AS MARKETS expected, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not reduce its policy rate—the repo rate—on December 6th. The central bank kept its rate unchanged at 6 per cent. Importantly, the policy…

The Gujarat Moral

THE STORY WAS worth telling and retelling then for a different reason, and the narrative style was lucid and linear too. Even The Economist was enthusiastic in invoking the spirit of Guangdong to…

The Riots that Changed Mumbai

THE THING ABOUT being in a riot-afflicted city in an age before social media is the remoteness of what is happening. There were parts of the city burning and murderous groups scouring neighbourhoods…

Hindutva and History

THE IDEA OF Hindu nationalism conflates ideas of religion and culture with those of nation and state. Nationalism is by definition indivisible, whereas religion and culture take on multiple…