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Only the judges can save themselves from extinction by Sujata Anandan

If there was ever any doubt that the current dispensation is compromising all institutions in this country three judgments of various courts across the nation in the last week have decisively proved that both individual members of the judiciary and, of course, investigating agencies have been unable to either resist temptations or withstand threats held […]

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Congress Must Point Out That We Too Share Hinduism by Shashi Tharoor

Opinion by Shashi Tharoor | Congress Must Point Out That We Too Share Hinduism We can turn the tables on the BJP by making them accountable for all the economic failures on their watch – both rural and urban, writes Shashi Tharoor. One of the new default assumptions in Indian politics appears to be that […]

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On Stage April 2018 by Anil Dharker

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into a gigantic insect.” You might recognise the opening lines of Franz Kafka`s novella Metamorphosis: these are some of the most famous opening lines in literature, their simple and factual nature increasing the impact of what they convey. Yet every translation of Kafka`s 1915 […]

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From Modi to Yogi, is Hindutva on the wane? by Sujata Anandan

Barely a year ago, as the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, 2019 seemed like an open and shut case for the rest of the political firmament in India. Yet a day after  UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated a year in office amid much fanfare, he has had to suffer  […]

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C and R By Shabnam Minwala

Sophia and Tariq were part of a large, noisy family. There were plenty of cousins with foreign accents and grand aunts with loud cackles. They gathered in Mumbai every couple of years to attend weddings, eat mangoes and shop. And on one evening, all the cousins would make their excited way to their grandparents’ apartment […]

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An original painting of a dancing girl at Ajanta and its copy by Robert Gill. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

How British Orientalists Were Responsible for Rediscovery of Indian History BY ZAREER MASANI

British efforts led to the discovery of Sanchi stupas, Ajanta caves, and deciphering of the Brahmi script thus enabling reconstruction of a good chunk of our history. For a generation brought up on Edward Said’s criticisms it may come as a surprise that it was British Orientalists who re-discovered our artistic heritage and made it […]

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Change that headline: How Nirav Modi had to make way for Narendra Modi by Shekhar Gupta

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner Look back on the headlines screaming out of your front pages and causing prime time shoutrage about a week ago. These were all about nephew-uncle duo Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and the money they had stolen from Punjab National […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Strand Bookstall closed down just a few days ago to much sadness and many tears. But it did have a long innings. Tekkate Narayan Shanbhag – to give his full name — started his store when he was only 23, soon after his graduation from St Xavier`s College. The bookstore owes its name to Strand […]

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India’s War On Science by Shashi Tharoor

For India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, religion is not a matter of personal belief, but a key feature of traditional identity politics and crucial to maintaining social order, ensuring discipline and conformity, and preventing radical change. Science and rationality threaten all of the party’s goals. NEW DELHI – India’s junior education minister, Satyapal Singh, recently […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Two of Mumbai`s biggest public events happen within one month of each other. There`s the Mumbai Marathon in January (described in the last Notebook) and there’s the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in February. Just concluded, the nine day festival was, by all accounts, a great success. When any event succeeds, the challenge for the organisers […]

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The Big Gulmohar by Siddhartha Gigoo

The big and stately Gulmohar in our driveway hasn’t shed a leaf this winter. I hadn’t paid attention to its rebellion until I browsed through my Instagram photos. Two identical photos of the Gulmohar (one taken two years ago, and the other, three winters ago) caught my gaze and revived memories of winters bygone. In […]

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