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Can BJP contain the Dalit rage?

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Mukkabaaz Movie Review

Anurag Kashyap seems to have decided that too much realism is a bad thing. His latest movie, ‘Mukkabaaz’, really packs it in as a melodrama about how politics enters sport, caste, and even disability…

The Political Skills of Dharmendra Pradhan

ON AN OCTOBER evening, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spent three hours listening to tales of youngsters who had undergone training at a beauty and health academy. A young woman narrated her story…

The New Panthers

A FEW HOURS BEFORE Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani’s rally in Delhi on January 9th, some flex boards with his image appeared inconspicuously around the venue near Parliament. One of them called Mevani…

Bhima Koregaon

VIKAS SONTATE WORE his socks over his hands like gloves and stuck his head out from the window of his vehicle on the first day of the new year. His vehicle was a mess. Everything that could be…

The Monk Who Sold Rum

IT IS AN UNUSUAL occurrence when a man dies, quietly and unnoticed, over a weekend; and a few days later, a connection is arrived at, probably on social media; and then everywhere you now cast your…

Welcome to India

PERMITTING FOREIGN DIRECT Investment (FDI) in India remains a contentious area of economic policymaking more than a quarter century after the slow unwinding of Nehruvian socialism began. Even…

The National Anthem Imbroglio

THE REVERSAL BY the Supreme Court this week of its earlier order making it mandatory to play the National Anthem in movie halls was unexpected because of the implicit admission that it hadn’t been…

Return of the Davos Man

WHAT A DIFFERENCE a year can make. In 2017, we witnessed a ‘populist’ uprising across the world. Voters in Britain chose to exit the European Union. Across the Atlantic, voters elected a president…

Anatomy of a Pastiche

THE VIOLENCE AND controversy surrounding the Bhima-Koregaon commemoration have jolted the urban centres of Maharashtra out of their mechanical life and diurnal certainties. Ever since that fateful…