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Nothing Interim in the Budget

The script was anticipated. In the run up to the 2019-20 Budget, rural distress was the talking point across India. When acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal rose in the Lok Sabha on Friday morning,…

Reel Son of the Soil

NAWAZDUDDIN SIDDIQUI IS a Muslim. He was born in Uttar Pradesh and moved to Delhi to study at the National School of Drama. He then came to Mumbai in search of an acting career and so nowhere in the…

Kangana Ranaut: Queen Regnant

THERE IS A CLICHÉ—content is king—that almost every Bollywood personality spouts, but nobody really believes in. Content is of course not king. On the chessboard of a movie’s essential components, it…

A Hip-Flask Shot

NOW THAT US President Donald Trump, ever more wobbly over walling off the land of liberty, has reached for his holster to glare India’s whisky tariff barriers down in the name of ‘reciprocal trade…

A River Runs through It

RIVERS HAVE ALWAYS fascinated me, with the rippling and purling of their waters, and the fractal venations that represent them on satellite maps. Perhaps this fascination springs from a biographical…

George Fernandes: The Last Street Fighter

LONG BEFORE George Fernandes, there was another revolutionary who was schooled in a seminary. Christ couldn’t save Joseph Stalin from the terrors of the communist mind. He built an empire, bigger…

Prayagraj and Kumbh

IN THIS COLUMN, I have spoken in the past about infrastructure. I will apparently deviate now, but not entirely. This time, it will be about Prayagraj and Kumbh, and I will link that with…

Open Diary

IN ABOUT A fortnight, just after the truncated Budget Session of Parliament ends in mid-February, formal campaigning for the General Election will begin. Of course, for all practical purposes, the…