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How Modi Won the Status War

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The sociology of a landslide

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How Modi Won the Status War

NEW TRUTH, NEW RULES The 2019 General Election in India demonstrates that certain sociological truths which were gradually unfolding before us for some time had finally tossed the veil and revealed…

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat: The Water Mission

WITHIN DAYS AFTER Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was given responsibility as Cabinet Minister of the newly-formed Jal Shakti Ministry, amidst a heat wave sweeping the country, Skymet forecast a…

G Kishan Reddy: Telangana Connect

FOR PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi, the choice of Telangana MP G Kishan Reddy to join his Government may have brought back a memory of 25 years ago. In 1994, Modi, then 44, and Reddy, a 30-year-old…

Pratap Chandra Sarangi: The Social Volunteer

WHEN BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah telephoned him on the afternoon of May 29th to say that he would be a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers, Odisha’s Balasore MP Pratap Chandra…

The Road Ahead for Team Modi

WHEN NARENDRA MODI MET NDA politicians handpicked by him for his new ministry on the evening of May 30th, just before their swearing-in, he gently reminded everyone that he knew that most of them had…

Nipah: Viral Fear

IT WAS IN May last year the Nipah virus first announced itself in Kerala, killing 17 in a week, a fatality rate of 91 per cent. Only two of those positive survived. But Kerala’s healthcare system…

Kejriwal’s Reckless Free Ride

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced free travel for women in the capital’s metro network, the ailing Delhi Transport Corporation’s bus fleet and that of the cluster bus…

The Efficiency Factor

NORMALLY IN ANY bout between vegetarians and non- vegetarians, your columnist will always be found in the corner of the meat eater. This, even though he agrees vegetables are far more nutritious and…

Open Diary

PROBABLY THE WORST thing about elections is the epidemic of bores. During the campaign there are the bores who predict results with astonishing certitude and are even foolish enough to make public…

India as Idea and Enchantment

BEFORE COMING TO Delhi, I wasn’t aware that the famous film Slumdog Millionaire (beautiful, by the way) was based on a novel, Q&A, written in 2005 by an Indian diplomat—a colleague who played,…