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Riding the Nationalist Wave

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It is Modi versus the rest in a Bihar awash with nationalism

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Riding the Nationalist Wave

AFTER A SUICIDE BOMBER BLEW UP A BUS carrying CRPF personnel in Pulwama, Kashmir, in February, an angry crowd appeared in the form of a procession in the main town of Samastipur in Bihar. Anti-…

Veiled Response

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS HAVE an impossible objective. The war they wage is against the world and victory must naturally culminate in subjugation of all. That is a tall order but religious fervor does not…

The Yeti: A Beast in Imagination

A YETI IS ALWAYS known in tangents—a miasma in the snow, a giant foot print, a memory of a memory. Man is always a little too late for a Yeti, never at quarters close enough to request a selfie. For…

Modiwood

“HE IS A GREAT man, I have not seen this sort of development elsewhere.’’ That was Salman Khan in January 2014, while flying kites with then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad. A few…

Modi’s Seshan

A few days ago when Narendra Modi was filing his nomination in Varanasi, the man standing behind him was someone who has always been in a similar position whenever Modi fought an election, even when…

The Right to Desire

MY MOTHER SEPARATED from my father when she was 32 years old. Mother of four, she lived as a single woman until she left us. She was 59. A death that was untimely, unexpected, a tad too sudden not to…

An Illusory Universe

THE POWER OF love is such that it can make ‘one little room an everywhere’, the poet John Donne wrote. Standing inside the Victoria Miro gallery in north London two weeks ago, I remembered this line…

Planning the Future

IN HISTORIES of Indian economic policymaking, it is odd that M Visvesvaraya’s 1934 book, Planned Economy for India, is rarely mentioned, though we remember him for other reasons. This was almost…

Mumbai Notebook

I HAPPENED TO BE in London two years ago when the UK held its general election. Out of journalistic curiosity, I accompanied a friend when he went to vote. We drove up to his polling station, a…