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Kumbh Mela: Leaps of Faith

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The spiritual and the political at the Kumbh Mela

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Mamata Clubs Government

A wet February evening in the capital in an election year is the right time for hot tea, pakodas and politics. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went the whole ‘hog’ with the national media…

Roma and the Redeemer’s Art

IN YET ANOTHER powerful set piece in Roma, a film painted to perfection in black and white by a vivid memoirist, a pregnant Cleo and the matriarch of the house where she is a live-in maid brave the…

KumbhPolitik

IN TODAY’S global information age, victory often depends not on whose army wins, but on whose story wins,’ says the American author John Arquilla. His observation indicates the utility of being a…

Kumbh Mela: Leaps of Faith

IN THIS PURPLE HOUR WHERE A cold, howling breeze and coils of cow-dung smoke wrap around those awake like uneasy garments, naked sadhus squat and shiver under taps of flowing water. The temperature…

Amol Palekar: Fear of the Unexpected

THE MOMENT NGMA Mumbai’s curator interrupted Amol Palekar—who had begun to unexpectedly speak on a change in policy of the institution limiting exhibitions of external artists—to ask him to stick to…

Jack Dorsey: A Passage to India

IN THE RECENT past, there has been a curious phenomenon on Indian Twitter. People are tweeting screenshots, in the form of before-and-after tweets, which show their number of retweets actually coming…

A Defenceless Democracy

THE REPORT OF the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets has given plenty of talking points to political parties and pundits alike. On paper, it…

Open Diary

LAST WEEK PARLIAMENT felt like the final days of the school academic year. Everyone was in both a reflective and celebratory mode, particularly Lok Sabha members. Celebratory because the assigned…

The Idea of Ranveer Singh

THERE IS SOMETHING about Ranveer Singh... There is so much about Ranveer Singh that makes him simply Ranveer Singh. Most of the time when an actor is described in positive terms, the first thing…

Caste, Cows and the Countryside

AMIDST THE VOCAL shawl-clad men huddled on a charpoy in a courtyard, Shripal Yadav stands out with his white beard, unreadable eyes and stoic silence. “He is a poor farmer. Ask him if his loan was…