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The Last and Lost War of Pakistan

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Pulwama borrows from a history of deception and subversion

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Total Dhamaal Movie Review

This is a comedy about the ludicrousness of human greed. In this movie, five teams of no hopers look for suitcases of demonetised cash, all in fresh, pink Rs. 2000/ notes. The corrupt Commissioner of…

The Crown Prince of Bone-Saw Kingdom

IMAGOLOGY IS A neologism best explained by Milan Kundera in his novel Immortality. ‘Imagologues create systems of ideals and anti-ideals, systems of short duration which are quickly replaced by other…

The Last and Lost War of Pakistan

We heard the same denials. Jinnah did not ‘know anything’ about the raiders of 1947; Ayub Khan feigned ignorance of Operation Gibraltar; General Zia-ul-Haq insisted that he had nothing to do with…

Kashmir: Josh Gone Awry

BY THE TIME the sound of gunfire subsided in Pulwama in South Kashmir on February 18th, it was clear that the Indian security forces had suffered more losses than what they had bargained for. Four…

Mamata Banerjee: The Iron Sister

WHILE OTHERS TRIED to outdo the Bharatiya Janata Party in belching fire and brimstone at Pakistan or retreated into cowed silence, Mamata Banerjee lashed out at Narendra Modi in terms that recalled…

The Problem with Stings

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER a TV advertisement in which Sachin Tendulkar cheerfully says, “Boost is the secret of my energy.” Before him, Kapil Dev appeared in similar ads saying the same thing. Did you pause…

Karl Lagerfeld (1933-2019): The Icon

THIS MUST BE the golden age of internet cat videos. Funny cat videos, grumpy cat videos; cats on Facebook, on YouTube—as far as our eyes can turn, they appear in the digital landscape. Who then is…

A Partnership for the Future

JUST DAYS BEFORE Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made his maiden visit to India, New Delhi quietly signed a $1.5-billion deal with the US for the supply of three million tonnes of…

Indraprastha

VETERAN JOURNALIST Kuldip Nayar’s 16th and last book, On Leaders and Icons: From Jinnah to Modi, was released at a gala function a few days ago in one of the finest five-star hotels of the capital.…

Where the Guest is God

FOR VISITORS FROM overseas, the biggest risk to health in India is what I have coined: ‘militant’ hospitality. Any occasion, indeed any excuse, means that one must press some special food and drink…