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Narendra Modi: Optimum Power

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Family Trivia

A COUPLE OF PAGES into Small Acts of Freedom, it occurred to me that there was really nothing to justify the publication of this book. Then came the sweetness of familial memories, and the pathos of…

Narendra Modi: Optimum Power

Just days after the BJP emerged as a pan-India party by supplanting the Congress following electoral triumphs in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland, the Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament Derek O’…

The Revenge of the Underclass

IN 1979, A young man made an eight-hour journey in a jeep drawing a trailer crammed with over 20 people to a tribal village 30 km from Agartala. A full-time worker of the RSS-affiliated Vanvasi…

The Politics of Falling Statues

IN THE HEADY days after the Russian Revolution of 1917, it was common for the Soviet politburo to hold long, often interminable, meetings to discuss pressing matters. In one such meeting, Lenin…

War Sirens over Steel

THE GLOBAL STEEL market is staring at extinction. Not that consumption is in crisis: the 1.7 billion tonnes of the metal that’ll be churned out this year won’t sit around idle. Nor is investor…

Why the Number Doesn’t Add Up

WE MUST WAIT for the fullness of time to tell us whether Aadhaar is the silver bullet of Indian welfarism, but what it has already done is spawned an impressive array of conspiracy theories, ranging…

BV Doshi: Outlining Lives

“ARCHITECTURE IS A backdrop for life,” was how the architect BV Doshi or Balkrishna Vithaldas Doshi described his philosophy of design in a recent interview. A Padmashree recipient and a living…

Titanic in a Water Tank

IT MAY BE an exaggeration to say that The Shape of Hollywood is today undergoing the kind of change that international fiction had gone through in the 80s. Then, the South American trinity of Gabriel…

Northeast: Dividends of Geography

WITHIN DAYS OF a BJP-led government being elected to power in Tripura, the state has been in the news for the wrong reasons. The demolition of two statues of the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin…

Temptations of a Greater India

ON OCTOBER 10TH, 1926, Sir Jadunath Sarkar, vice chancellor of Calcutta University, presided over a meeting of scholars somewhat removed from his own specialisation. As the author of a five-volume…