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The Great Indian Rope Trick

Cover Story

Why the magic may not work for the Opposition

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Incredibles 2 Movie Review

It seems to be the mission of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures to infantilise America and to create a community of mindless embryos who find more comfort in an animated superhero film…

The Great Indian Rope Trick

Over the past few years, Prashant Kishor has earned a reputation for being synonymous with elections in India. He had worked silently with the winning side in the 2014 General Election that brought…

The Politburo of Piety

DIVERSITY IS THE word of our times, and it is for questioning the emerging diversity dictatorship that the gutsy Lionel Shriver has become the new bogeywoman for the liberal elite, particularly the…

Trump’s Trade War

A GLOBAL TRADE WAR is in the offing if it is not already on. After US President Donald Trump identified $200 billion worth of Chinese exports for additional—special—tariffs, it was only a matter of…

Salman Khan: The Cult of the Superstar

SALMAN KHAN HAS never been a darling of film critics, but even so, in recent times reviewers have been more benign with him, making a special effort to say nice things because his movies were doing…

The Incredible Ronaldo

THE BALL HANGS deliciously in the air about four minutes into the game. A cross from Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes is on its way. Below it, waiting for it, a mad scramble has ensued. Men are pushing for…

The New Low Normal

GREAT POETRY IS not just malleable in its interpretation but also appears to be speaking truths for all that went before and after it, in the personal and the political. For instance, Hollow Men,…

Voting Together

IN MY LAST column, I brought in the Parliament. Therefore it is high time I brought in an issue that people are debating. I mean the question of simultaneous elections. In 2016, the then President…

Separation in Srinagar

THE LEADERSHIP OF the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had contemplated snapping its ties with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu & Kashmir four months ago, when it found fissures within…

Couch Protest in Delhi

NINE DAYS AFTER Delhi Chief Minister launched a sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office, he withdrew tamely—on June 19th. On paper, one of the sticking points highlighted by Arvind…