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Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): The Beloved

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Manmatha Nath Dutt’s Society

The Statesman newspaper was founded in 1875, and soon after, there was a debate that attracted the attention of many. This was triggered by the Reverend William Hastie (1842-1903), who led a…

Through the Deluge

In the minds of many of the sons and daughters of Kerala, it is not myth but fact that Parashurama, possibly the most militant of Maha Vishnu's ten incarnations, threw His axe from Gokarna, which was…

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018): The Beloved

On a deserted street outside Ahdoos Hotel in curfew-bound Srinagar on that distant afternoon of August 2016 from where I was heading towards Press Enclave, an elderly gentleman in a skullcap…

VS Naipaul: ‘I had no set way of writing’

Who was Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul? He was the bright boy, born into the Indian community of Trinidad in 1932, who decided at the age of 11 that he wanted to be a writer. With pencil and…

VS Naipaul: Severe, Savage, Sublime

GOING BY THE LEGEND, I WAS ATTEMPTING SOMETHING NO INTERVIEWER WOULD DARE. I HAD NOT MET VS NAIPAUL BEFORE, BUT HE WAS ONE WRITER WHO compelled me to return—to the worlds buried in that sculpted…

Mind the Gap

THE PLANNING COMMISSION has been overtaken by events. It was set up in 1950 through a Government of India resolution and there used to be Plans and Plan documents. I always find it educative to go…

In Defence of Liberals

DURING THE PUBLIC conversation between the actress Kangana Ranaut and the godman Jaggi Vasudev that came in for some controversy because of their united walloping of liberals, you can hear the latter…

Somnath Chatterjee (1929-2018): The Lone Communist

IN THE END, when Somnath Chatterjee’s body was taken around Kolkata—from the hospital where he died to his home, then to the Calcutta High Court, where he had once practised as a lawyer, to the state…

The Case For Special Measures

AS FAR AS coincidences go, this is extraordinary. On the eve of India’s 72nd Independence Day, a group of soldiers and officers have pleaded the Supreme Court against dilution of the Armed Forces…

Will Ikea Change Our Shopping Habit?

IN AN ONLINE video of the opening of Ikea’s first Indian store in Hyderabad on August 9th, you can see a crowd pushing and shoving to get inside, reminiscent of the peak hour queue of any of the many…