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Enter Priyanka: Can She Save the Day for Rahul?

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The return of the original Gandhi mystique 

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Enter Priyanka: Can She Save the Day for Rahul?

THE MOST STRIKING thing about Priyanka Vadra Gandhi is a cliché, but one that is true: that she resembles her much- revered, much-feared grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a…

Brexit is Not a Partition Story

FROM HULL, HALIFAX and hell, good Lord deliver us’ goes a traditional song that I first heard in the 1970s. Just recently I have felt like adding Brexit to the list. The talking goes on and on, but…

Overdoing A Point

GREEN BOOK IS a movie about racial discrimination and the ability of human beings to find their nobler selves. It has great performances by the main actors: Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, both…

Kamala Harris: The Contender

WE DON’T KNOW the extent to which sexism played a role in the 2016 US presidential vote. We cannot tell if Hillary Clinton failed to win the White House primarily because of her gender. But what we…

False Alarm

MUDSLINGING AND OUTLANDISH accusations among rivals is normal fare in Indian politics. It is also not unusual to hear allegations about abuse of official positions to further political ends. At one…

Mumbai Notebook

JANUARY STARTS IN November in Mumbai. Let me explain: the first month of the year has become synonymous with the Mumbai Marathon. Early in November, as soon as the city’s oppressive October is over,…

Indraprastha

FINANCE MINISTER Arun Jaitley’s decision to go to New York for a medical check-up was only known to his immediate family and a couple of doctors at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences…

Who’s Afraid of Dance Bars?

BACK IN 2002, Varsha Kale began to take trains in Mumbai late into the night. An activist then in her mid-thirties, she was forming what was in all likelihood India’s first all-women’s political…