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MEN IN FINELY TAILORED SUITS EQUIPPED WITH EXPENSIVE accessories can look out of place in an old black-and-yellow cab. Spotted being ferried from a posh South Delhi hotel, one that has over the years…

The Disunited States of America

THE RESULTS OF elections to the US House of Representatives and the Senate went along expected lines. After almost a decade, America’s Democratic Party has regained control of the lower house with a…

A Nuclear Journey’s Tipping Point

WHEN PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi met the crew of INS Arihant, India’s indigenously built ballistic missile submarine, his pride was obvious. The submarine had just completed its first deterrence…

Urjit Patel: Futile Fight

AS WINSTON CHURCHILL might have said, never have so many been so embarrassed by so few. For the last two weeks, the Government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have been quarrelling publicly in…

It’s Not Blasphemous

ONCE UPON A time in Pakistan... June 2009: In a quiet little village Ittan Wali, district Sheikhupura, Punjab, while working in a field, she had an argument with some women. It was an apparently…

The Akbari Synthesis and India’s Plurality

THE PARAKEETS transit between heaven and earth like the souls of departed Sufis, their music of trill, squawk and wooroo echoing in the vaulted arches. Morning’s hazy lucidity brushes the tomb, the…

Among the Brahmins

STILL A STRANGER IN HIS TRAVELS, Aatish Taseer has not abandoned his wonder—or his argument. India for him is an exhausting intimacy. A pause he craves, and an unfinished sentence to which he returns…

In Defence of Killing a Tigress

THE PHILOSOPHER NASSIM Nicholas Taleb wrote an entire book on people who pontificate on how others should lead their lives while having no stake in the outcome of it. This should have been the…

Freddie Mercury: The Queen of Rock and Roll

THE FREDDIE MERCURY biopic Bohemian Rhapsody releases next week in India. It has garnered negative reviews for being formulaic and sanitised, considering the colourful and transgressive figure that…

Mumbai Notebook

‘JUDICIAL OVERREACH.’ It’s a phrase heard often, and I have written articles on it, as has every single columnist in the land. With some justification too, because the courts, High or Supreme, seem…