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URI: The Surgical Strike Movie Review

It is clear that a surgical election is imminent in India. The patriotism and nationalism that this movie triggers will only impact an audience for a few weeks. The film is made well, with high…

Alok Verma: Come and Gone

IN A ROLLER COASTER series of decisions, a committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the leader of the single largest party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the Chief Justice of India…

Out of the Chinese Dream

XI JINPING, THE eternal leader of the People’s Republic, has to borrow from the glossary of capitalism to phrase his vision. The Chinese Dream is Xi’s thoughts on ‘national rejuvenation’ condensed as…

The Limits of Behaviour Policing

IT IS IN the nature of moral policing to be on a perpetual slippery slope. The pet themes change with the seasons with gender being at the forefront at present. Is sexual harassment the same as…

Alfonso Cuarón: The Romantic

ONE OF THE earliest teasers of Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma came out sometime last year. One sequence had a camera pan a wide sweep from left to right, from a shop on perhaps the first floor of a building…

Quota Correction

SENIOR DELHI-BASED LAWYER Indra Sawhney is amused that her name has become part of India’s legal lore and that a case she fought decades ago keeps coming up whenever there is any talk of affirmative…

Indraprastha

BACK IN THE late 60s, I once found myself with a group of fellow Delhi University undergrads in Simla. One evening strolling on the famous Mall, we found ML Sondhi. The Jana Sangh Member of…

First Men

HAD THEY BEEN ON THE FIELD, that vast swathe of grass that is the Sydney Cricket Ground, there would have been a scramble for stumps and souvenirs. Had rain not disallowed play on the final day of…

Institutional Atrophy

THE BLISTERING MEDIA cycle around the state elections was temporarily suspended by the announcement that Shaktikanta Das, a former IAS officer from the 1980 Tamil Nadu cadre, would take over as the…

Wajid Ali Shah: The Royal Yogi of Lucknow

AN OBESE, DEBAUCHED ruler who sang and danced while the East India Company exploited his prosperous kingdom? A puppet king sympathetic to his suffering subjects but unable to help them? An Awadhi…