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Art of the Possible

As a non-political young activist, I used to abhor phrases like ‘politics is the art of the possible’. I used to think that it is rank opportunism to think that way. This is because in the RSS, I had…

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Review

Of German origin, nutcracker dolls are a Christmas tradition. No longer used for cracking nuts, they are merely decorative, and associated with the festive season. This film is a Disney adaptation…

Data Capitalism

The wealthy are different. They don’t just have more money, nowadays they also know more. Or own databases that do. The world is well past the formative stage of the Information Age, after all, and…

Easy Come, Easy Go

Since the economic reforms of 1991, India has produced more than 500,000 millionaires and dozens of billionaires. This unprecedented wealth creation has also increased wealth inequality exponentially…

Where Are You, Genius?

What do you need to start up a digital business? You need some degree of tech competency—at least enough to know what’s technically possible, given the current state of the art and the likely future…

Despite the Paradox

Nothing could have spelt out the divergences in perceptions of wealth more clearly than the famous dialogue from the Hindi film Deewar. The bad guy tells the good guy, “I have buildings, cars, cash.…

The Measure of a Statue

HEIGHT IS DIZZYING. Elevated reality alters perception, demands an appraisal, a re-reading. A statue, in metallic exaggeration, soars above the mortals not just to play with our memory— or our…

My Indian Hall of Fame

I’M OFTEN ASKED to list my 10 favourite Hindi films ever, over the last decade, since the millennium, or since Independence. We all enjoy compiling lists and disagreeing with them (though I avert my…

Staying on Track

IN THE LAST column, I mentioned how the Acworth Committee was set up. The Legislative Assembly of the Government of India considered the recommendations of the Acworth Committee in 1924. Most people…