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The Great Indian Bank Robbery

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It is India’s broken banking system that makes a Nirav Modi possible

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The Last Sigh of the Absolute Lover

I READ The Only Story by Julian Barnes at a time when the balance of sexual power is determined by a hashtag, when a liberation movement updates the lines of Philip Larkin: Sexual intercourse began…

The Nature of the Beast

A frog goes into a bank, and hops up on the desk of the loan officer. “Hi,” he croaks. “What’s your name?” The loan officer says, ‘’My name is John Paddywack. May I help you?” “Yeah” says the frog “I…

Being a Diamantaire in the Time of Nirav Modi

“DIAMANTAIRES ARE DIAMOND dealers. So they buy diamonds, polish and then sell the diamonds. It is a trading mentality,” Nirav Modi once told an interviewer. “Jewellery making is more about creation…

The Great Indian Bank Robbery

The Rs 11,400 crore scandal featuring the high-flying diamond dealer Nirav Modi brings out in stark detail the country’s broken banking system. Internal checks and surveillance systems remain too…

The Age of Digital Monopolies

AFTER DEMONETISATION had come into play and its implications became evident, it was as if Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma had received an answer to a prayer he didn’t even make. The brand became…

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IN THE BEGINNING there was nothing but barren land. The introduction to Akash Kapur’s recently published anthology, Auroville: Dream and Reality, describes the early dreamers who came looking for a…

A Bad Holiday for Trudeau

THE ONGOING VISIT of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India seems to have gone horribly wrong. Within hours of his arrival, there were loud whispers that he was being snubbed. When he landed…

The Party Begins for Kamal Haasan

TRAILED BY A string of 50-odd cars, the black Land Rover darted down the sea-grazed road from Rameswaram to Ramanathapuram, and after lunch, forded inland towards Paramakudi. Kamal Haasan was running…

The Paradoxical Artist

Steve McCurry’s most famous photograph even today is the Afghan Girl, published in 1985. When I first noticed Azadeh Etebarian at a dance festival in Goa, I was immediately reminded of Sharbat Gula.…

Open Diary

IN SEMINARS AND on social media, the editorial classes often emphasise the importance of giving space to the lives of subalterns and the marginalised. In practice, media coverage of the social or…