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How WhatsApp Is Changing Indian Politics

JENCY JACOB, MANAGING EDITOR, BOOM FACTCHECK, RECALLS THE DAY Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sharply attacked the opposition in the Lok Sabha for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “…

Brexit Lessons

FOR A REAL crisis—or shall we say contradiction?—of democracy, Britain today provides the perfect stage. Everything is at odds with the other: people versus the parliament; party versus the prime…

Modi As Usual

IN HIS 2008 ruling on the ‘creamy layer’ among OBCs, the then Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan, who headed a five-judge bench, had stated: ‘When socially and educationally backward classes are…

The Sharmas of Roopvas

IT TAKES TIME for the eyes to adjust to the dark, dingy room. A hand pump gleams through the darkness of the kuchcha brick- walled space. Next to a dimly-lit adjoining room with charpoys, a staircase…

Eyes Wide Open

A KEY MOMENT IN the relationship between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) is recognised to be in 1995, when a mob of the latter attacked Mayawati in a Lucknow guest house.…

The Egg Came First

HOW CAN ONE not be happy for the egg? An egg is a truly wonderful thing, and early this week all the universe heeded its majesty. An unremarkable stock photo of a quotidian freckled egg has become…

NaMonetisation

FROM A FACTORY in Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, James Silvesten churns out thousands of customised T-shirts each month, which he ships across the world. A big fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s…

Open Diary

IT IS SEEN to be bad form to decry your own country’s institutions and praise those of other nations. Over the past few weeks, I have been attempting to follow the maddening complexities of the…

Open Skies and Closed Slots

OF ALL THE temptations of a casino, the most baffling has got to be the slot machine. Why anyone would want to have a go at this fluke-box remains a mystery: nobody knows his actual odds of striking…

Connecting the Dots

LET ME BEGIN on a personal note. I was born in Shillong and spent the first 10 years of my life there. Shillong is therefore indelibly stamped not just on my memories, but on all forms of identity…