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I, Chowkidar

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Is Modi riding an everyman wave?

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I, Chowkidar

To a friend a wave is a greeting; to a traffic policeman, an order to stop; to a barber, a curl he had better protect if he wants to retain his customer; to the physics student, a complicated…

Modi Versus Not Being Modi

THE MUCH TOUTED diversity—or multipolarity—of the Great Indian Poll Mart is not about choices. Not now, certainly, even as a project like Mahagathbandhan has more phonetic majesty than political…

The Last Battle of the Long Marchers

THEY WOULD RATHER have been “first in a village than second at Rome”, as Julius Caesar said while crossing the Alps. Yet, swinging between state and national politics, aspiring to be kings or…

True Lies and Fake News

IT WAS THE last US presidential elections that gave the world the impression that social media could decide who wins or loses. Since then Donald Trump, the man who came to power reaping this alleged…

White Terror: Hues of Hate

TERRORISM—AS THE security expert Brian Michael Jenkins once described—is theatre. Every terrorist act is a twisted performance intended not just to kill but to reach as wide an audience as possible.…

Back to Kashmir

ON FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019, a 70-vehicle convoy of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was driving down the Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Near Lethpora, Awantipora, district Pulwama, a…

Minimum Opacity

IN THE LAST column, I mentioned the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart Cities and Housing for All. There are people who will comment, ‘Nothing has happened under…

Mumbai Notebook

DO PEOPLE NEED to die for Swachh Bharat even if it is the Prime Chowkidar’s pet project? That, at least, was the excuse being bandied about after the foot overbridge (FOB) near VT/CST collapsed and…

Indraprastha

WEEKS BEFORE THE polling begins for the 17th Lok Sabha, the Modi-led NDA seems to be sitting pretty. Discarding earlier fears, most allies are back on board, a couple of new ones have been taken in,…