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Seven Minutes That Changed India

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Fight to Remember

AS THE KOCHI-MUZIRIS Biennale (KMB) 2018 winds down, I decide to visit installations and artworks that most visitors would have bypassed altogether. Visualise a whole world of individual, intimate…

Seven Minutes That Changed India

ON FEBRUARY 24TH, 10 DAYS after the Pulwama suicide attack that killed more than 40 CRPF men and two days before the pre-dawn air strike by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on the Balakot camp of the Jaish…

The Cult of Denial

THE SCEPTIC ENLIVENS the argument. He makes truth too precious to be wasted on the big claims of power. The sceptic is a refined doubter for whom freedom is not a set of certainties. The sceptic is…

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

THE PENTAGON PAPERS is arguably the seminal point for press freedom in the democratic world. It was the moment when the media appropriated for itself the right to publish government secrets even if…

Congress: Going Alone in Delhi

ON JANUARY 1ST, 2014, when Arvind Kejriwal took oath of office as Chief Minister of Delhi from a bursting-at-the-seams Ramlila Maidan instead of Raj Bhavan with all his typical dramatic flourish, it…

A Call for Containment

THOSE WHO QUESTION the truth behind the Indian Air Force’s spectacular air strikes on terror camps deep inside Pakistan are unable to explain why Pakistan’s reactions were filled with confusion and…

Breaking the Habit

EARLY ON THE morning of February 26th India launched an air strike against a camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the terrorist organisation responsible for a suicide bombing against a paramilitary convoy…

Out of Town

IN THE PAST, I have talked about problems with the Census definition of urbanisation. There is no need to revisit that. Everywhere in the world, urbanisation is correlated with economic development.…

Hard Lessons from Pulwama to Balakot and Beyond

ON FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019, a suicide attacker associated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) drove an explosives- laden vehicle into a bus transiting Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in a convoy in…