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A Report From the Haunted House of Indian Marxists

Cover Story

The 22nd Party Congress of  CPM was long on rhetoric and short on realism

Stories in this issue

Daas Dev Movie Review

The opening credit lines in ‘Daas Dev’ tell us that this movie is an amalgam of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Devdas’. With such an expansively inspired and conceived project about an alcohol loving inheritor of a…

An Indian Story in Stone

The antiquity of objects can be verified independently by carbon dating. How does one evaluate the age of a religion, especially one without written records? That Hinduism is a way of life and not a…

An Embarrassment of Saffron Riches

OVER AN HOUR-LONG drive in a black Fortuner from his residence in Ballari to the Jindal Vijaynagar Airport in Toranagallu, the BJP’s star campaigner, B Sriramulu, repeatedly refers to himself in the…

A Report From the Haunted House of Indian Marxists

SPEAKING TO DELEGATES in Hyderabad on the fourth day of the six-day 22nd Party Congress of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), its triennial summit, General Secretary Sitaram Yechury poked fun at…

Questions on the Couch

TELEVISION NEWS AND social networking have a common trick to manufacture traction—deliberately conflate the pointing out of a phenomenon with its endorsement. It is especially evident in sensitive…

Infinite Heroes

A CORNUCOPIA OF SPANDEX superheroes has arrived on our cinema screens (and invariably in our social media and real life feeds) to a humongous opening that has left nobody surprised. The latest…

The Retreat of AFSPA

OF ALL THE coercive laws enacted in Independent India, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) has had the longest run. The earliest application of it, through an ordinance signed by President…

Asaram: The Fall of a Guru

THE EVOLUTION OF law in civilisation has two major milestones. One is the idea of a formal law itself as a necessity for the orderly functioning of human affairs. The second is the concept that…

A House for Mr Gandhi

THE FIELD OF architecture is all about money. There are no architects for the poor. At the conceptual stage, most of them assume that money is no constraint because they abhor the idea that their…

The Bane of Belated Justice

AT THE MOMENT, I am harping on the broad theme of law and order. How can one get away from justice delivery, tangentially touched upon when I mentioned police reforms (see ‘Police Story’ and ‘Police…