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Defenders of the Faith

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Reports from the Shaky citadels of BJP

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie Review

The disastrous effect of the Superhero genre on the specifically regional thriller movie is here for all to see in ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’. It is not just that the Swedish language - which…

Rajasthan: Operation Desert Storm

THE FIRST SIGN that Congresswaalas say they got of their party’s good chances of winning elections in Rajasthan was police officers making rounds of their state office. It is in a corner of Jaipur…

Defenders of the Faith

Then it was the story of a fairy queen and a fiery sanyasin. Fifteen years ago, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in his penultimate year in office, in the neighbouring states of Rajasthan and Madhya…

Notes From A Placard

TWITTER, THE COMPANY, is not unused to the perils of virtue signalling. Whatever it does to salvage its reputation as a vehicle of nasty politics only gets it despise. The controversy that Jack…

The Credibility Crisis of Mark Zuckerberg

WE HAVE BEEN told countless times how Facebook is not like other companies. That it is not so much a profit-seeking enterprise than an ennobling force meant to make the world ‘more open’ and ‘…

To the Brink and Back

WHEN THE MARATHON meeting of the central board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ended on November 19th, it put to rest a frenetic bout of speculation. The bank’s rather dull press release—long…

Indraprastha

FOR SOMEONE WHO has closely watched every election, state or Central, since the early 70s, I discern a certain degree of indifference to the ongoing state polls. Mizoram might not register on the…

Madhya Pradesh: The Reckoning

IN THE BASEMENT of a residential building in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, a heavyset, middle-aged man is seated in a chair, watchful and slightly tense. He is multi-tasking as his team of…

Telangana: A Hero’s Trial

THE VILLAGE OF Pagunta in Jogulamba Gadwal district is littered with scraps of neon pink—wispy remnants of the banners and streamers that flew over Telangana Rashtra Samithi’s campaign meeting the…

The Longest Night of Mumbai

TEN YEARS AGO, as night began to fall on Mumbai’s Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar colony, a woman lay on the floor of a one-room house. Viju Chauhan was nine-months pregnant. In her twenties then, she sat…