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Straining At the Fringes

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A report from the disenchanted fringes of Indian democracy

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Manmatha Nath Dutt-I

Sucheta Kriplani (1908-74) was several things – freedom-fighter, member of the Constituent Assembly, first lady Chief Minister.  A lot has been written about her.  Those biographical sketches…

The Intruder Movie Review

This is a competently directed thriller that holds you for the duration. Though not very original in concept, ’The Intruder’ delivers well in its construction of an ambience, the description of a…

Straining At the Fringes

FAR FROM THE POLITICALLY CHARGED zones of the Hindi heartland and the calm southern periphery lies a silent arena of India’s democracy. Here there are no roadshows and massive political rallies that…

Doctor on Call

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not very active in this election and acute arthritis might be a reason. But Rahul Gandhi wanted his assistance to counter the BJP’s use of surgical strikes for…

Open Diary

FOR ME AT LEAST, the 2019 General Election has been very different. In 2004, I accompanied LK Advani on his Bharat Uday Yatra that began in Kanyakumari and, after meandering its way across the length…

Priyanka Chopra: Gala Girl

PRIYANKA CHOPRA APPEARED quite dramatically at the recent Met Gala. Elle described the look as ‘Glinda the Good Witch in a silver Dior dress’, but people on Twitter had far more humourous and…

From 10,000 to 41

JUST UNDER A week after the supercyclone hit Orissa in October end, 1999, an Oxfam programme officer made a report on the damage, which noted, ‘Though there are no official estimates of the human…

The Pop Culture PM

IT TAKES A certain insouciance to quote one of pop culture’s most famous movie lines from Star Wars while standing next to Hugh Jackman, the star of another science fiction franchise. But Narendra…

General Election 2019: Quote Hanger

THERE ARE FEW things as touching as a son’s love for his mother, particularly if both of them are politicians. And it is even more special when, for reasons unknown, they are both contesting…

Shalom Al Yisrael

TEN MONTHS AFTER India secured its Independence, on May 14th, 1948, another nation took birth at the other end of Asia. David Ben-Gurion, the great leader of the Jewish people, declared on that day…