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The Day of the Drone

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God Is No More

If Alyque Padamsee had an equation of any kind with God, it was probably not Nietzschean. It was nebulous. True to form, it had no form. Whatever it was, like him, it must have been utterly original…

Decisively Submissive

The omnibus US sanctions policy under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) targets India on two fronts. Regarding Iranian oil, the BJP Government of Narendra Modi has…

The Day of the Drone

IN THE LEAD-UP to Uttar Pradesh’s Assembly elections in February 2017, villages bordering the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve simply refused to vote. A young male tiger had killed two villagers on the same…

Inside the Metoo Crucible

THE EXPLOSION OF what are called MeToo allegations made me think of Masetto, the lusty, good-looking young labourer masquerading as a deaf and dumb gardener in Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Would he be…

Game of Clones

THE ONLY SURPRISE in the violence that happened in Tamil Nadu over the movie Sarkar is that it took so long in the coming and for that you have to blame the demise of J Jayalalithaa, the last…

Stan Lee (1922-2018): Such a Marvel

WHEN ONE NEEDS to appraise the work of a novelist, we often take a bifocal view of the author. One is the writer. A towering talent hunched over a desk, uninterested in the grease and grime of…

Stalemate in Sri Lanka

THE LAST TWENTY odd days have seen a political storm in Sri Lanka. An unresolved constitutional crisis was the product of these events that began with the sacking of Prime Minister Ranil…

The Rise and Fall of Binny Bansal

WHEN JEFF BEZOS came to India in 2014, he chose to announce his arrival with an unusually theatrical flair. Not at all keeping with his character of a hard-nosed businessman, he arrived at a press…

New Train of Thought

EVERY CITIZEN IDENTIFIES with the railways. Therefore, every citizen has his or her own take on what railway reforms should be. Wi-Fi on trains, Delhi-Mumbai travel at 250 kmph, train stations that…

The Evil Joke

FOR SOME OF the finest European novelists, ‘historical’ is an adjective made redundant by a sense of ‘being in the world’. The past is a permanent entrapment, irredeemable; and the rite of memory is…