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Mayhem in Mumbai

THE VIOLENCE THAT has rocked parts of Maharashtra in the last two days began after a celebration of an event considered historically important by Dalits in Pune. The Battle of Bhima Koregaon on…

Trump’s Red Card for Pakistan

US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has earned a reputation for being impulsive by nature, even while talking about friends, long-time military allies and the United Nations. For him, Twitter is a place to…

Beware the New Raiders

FROM EACH ACCORDING to his failure, to each according to his ability. This, in essence, is the capitalist dictum for corporate ownership. It is also one that seems to make a lot of Indians uneasy,…

Anger Management

JUNE IS A hot month in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur. Last year, the violence in the district added fuel to fire, making a live-wire national issue of the five farmers killed while protesting against a…

Modi and the Millennials

IN HIS LAST Mann ki Baat address of the year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Tomorrow, January 1st, is special. We welcome those born in the 21st Century to the democratic system as they will…

Forecast 2018

Incorrigible calendar nuts that we journalists are, we reach for the crystal ball when the season changes, and the possibilities of commemoration drive us to read the tea leaves. It’s that time of…

A Critical Conspiracy Called Post-Colonialism

TODAY, MOST OBSERVERS would say that post-colonialism is more dead than alive. Yet, by the very logic of academic canonisation and continuity, it continues to be ‘Wanted’. It enjoyed its heyday for…

Rajinikanth: The Last Action Hero

AFTER 20 YEARS of empty shadow boxing, Superstar Rajinikanth, 68, has finally assented to his biggest-ever role: that of a real-life hero out to reclaim Tamil Nadu from the amoral Dravidian wasteland…

Historical Wrongs and the Present

A FORWARD DOING the social networking rounds after the clashes between Dalits and Marathas in Maharashtra was about how the British divided India so successfully that it still continues. It is a…

The Beauty of the Indian Winter

WE HAVE NOW passed mid-winter, the darkest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere, so our days are getting lighter. The Christmas lights, on trees, houses and the high street,…