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The Truth About Rafale

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 A Controversy Unravelled

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Sabarimala: A Matter of Faith

THERE IS SOMETHING about Kerala and its temples that seem to attract controversy. Historically, the state served as a political laboratory during the 1920s and 1930s, when temple entry protests…

The Truth About Rafale: A Controversy Unravelled

SOME WEEKS AGO, AN AFFABLE BUT CONTROVERSIAL FORMER GERMAN politician of Turkish origin named Mahmut Türker met a few Narendra Modi-baiting politicians at a house in a leafy neighbourhood of…

Calcutta of the Mind

WHEN A BRITISH INTELLIGENCE agent heard ‘a voice that was both plummy and oriental’ in Geoffrey (not Jeffrey) Archer’s thriller, The Burma Legacy, he at once thought of Calcutta. Plummy, meaning a…

The Twain Shall Meet, But...

EDWARD SAID’S TERM ‘Orientalism’, a view of the East that makes it essentially different from the West, is well known. The reverse gaze, Occidentalism, of the East at the West, has received far less…

The Right Honourable Holy Cow

COW PROTECTION HAS a long history in India. As far back as 1882, the Arya Samaj established a cow protection committee, and in a book, Gokarunanidhi: Ocean of Mercy for the Cow, its founder Dayanand…

Gita Gopinath: Global Mind

FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE Chairman Ben Bernanke, known to be economical with praise, speaks of Gita Gopinath as “one of the strongest and most promising students I ever worked with”. Gopinath, who has…

A Vacuous Protest

PROTESTS BY FARMERS in India are nothing new. Before Independence, these were portrayed as a fight against injustice meted out by the colonial regime. After 1947, this state of affairs continued and…

A Tale of Two Encounters

THOSE WHO LIVED in Mumbai through the late- 1990s will recall the popularity of encounter killings. Members of the police’s elite Crime Branch, which did the encounters, had the macho halo of movie…

Open Diary

HOWEVER BRIEF THE visit, I always make it a point to stroll down to Marylebone village, just off Oxford Street in London. It has a quaint High Street, very much like Hampstead, full of rather…

Infinite Passions

THIS IS A MOST unexpected book. From anyone, let alone a public figure. Let alone from Gurcharan Das—optimistic prophet of the Indian economy, philosopher of personal and public ethics, staunch…