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The Name of the Change

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Narendra Modi: India's Choice

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Minority Report

Two factors are attributed to the Left Democratic Front’s (LDF) debacle in Kerala in this Lok Sabha election: zealousness for a secular government at the Centre and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan…

Triumph of Love

To paraphrase Thomas Hardy, love is to rejoice over the wars and every other manmade calamity; love is the triumph even when nations split into fragments. And when this eternal human emotion blends…

The Reckoning

A master-artist has created something challenging in Doab Dil. It took me a while to figure out how by pushing genres, he is visualising emotional absence. That’s a tough job—because facts can be…

Manmatha Nath Dutt – III

The longest introduction Manmatha Nath Dutt wrote was in one of the earliest translations, that of the Valmiki Ramayana.  After that, the introductions became short and terse, almost non-existent. …

The Meaning of the Mandate

ON THE DAY HE WON THE SECOND TERM AS Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s demeanor was like Arjuna in the Battle of Kurukshetra—composed yet confident. He seemed unprepared to rest on his laurels…

The Name of the Change

Change is a word that has lost its lustre due to the overuse of it by both politics and journalism. It is a word killed by premature aphorisms and desperate slogans. Still, there are times when this…

The Price of a Wink

THE CLUES LAY all around us, pebbles scattered in different corners of public discourse; or occasionally wrapped in whispers, at the edge of the narrative rather than the main story. The reasons for…

Smriti Irani: The Giant Killer

AS THE AMETHI cliffhanger kept the Congress on tenterhooks on the night of May 23rd, BJP’s Smriti Irani tweeted ‘Kaun kehta hai aasman mein suraakh nahi ho sakta (who says there cannot be a hole in…

The Orator and His Perfect Flourish

IN THE OSCAR-WINNING Darkest Hour (2017), just as Winston Churchill ends his famous Dunkirk speech in the British Parliament, applause erupts and someone asks: ‘What just happened?’ ‘He mobilised the…

Open Diary

I AM WRITING THIS Diary on May 22nd, the day before the outcome of the 2019 General Election is known and the great democratic suspense finally ends. It is always daunting to end a story before we…