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Power 2017

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Its passions and pathologies

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Change is Her

When Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year (or the most looked-up word) is ‘feminism’, we can safely say that something is afoot. On the other hand, 2016’s word of the year was ‘surreal’, as life…

The Show of Strength

IF THERE IS A year when India proved that Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century philosopher, was right in his prophecy about strong governments, it is perhaps 2017. In his magnum opus, Leviathan, he had…

In the Beginning was Sanskrit. Really?

THE WRITING OF history and the development of national identity frequently go together, colluding in mutual creation. This has been a live issue in India for decades now, and there are no signs of…

Protection is Not Pleasure

THE PROBLEM WITH any advertisement for a condom is that the use of the product itself, in terms of the purpose for which it was created, is somewhat difficult to show. The message must thus be…

Virushka Fever

BOY GREW UP with a cricket bat, always on the cricket field, effortlessly batting his way into the national cricket team—an idol for a cricket crazy population. Girl grew up watching Hindi films, got…

Power 2017

Power is the word that makes most Indians moralising bores. It’s the word that stands for baser instincts in the land that romanticises renunciation. Power-hungry is a term of abuse rather than…

How Weak We Are

FOR A COUNTRY that is located in a geopolitical hotspot, India has an admirable coolness about procuring essential weapon systems. When the Prime Minister launched the French-designed Scorpene…

To the Moon and Beyond

THE LAST MAN to step on the moon was in 1972. The astronaut’s name was Gene Cernan and as he returned to the Apollo 17 spacecraft, he spoke these words, the last on the lunar surface: “….as I take…

Mumbai Notebook

HOW WOULD I like to remember Shashi Kapoor? I was privileged to have him as a friend, and so saw him at many stages of his life. But as a friend, one can’t pick and choose—you see the best and the…

Indraprastha

WHY DID SACHIN Tendulkar and Rekha accept Rajya Sabha nominations if they had no intention of showing up in Parliament for its sessions? Was their membership of the Upper House a favour, courtesy a…