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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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A candle for Ankit by Teesta Setalvad

A candle for Ankit … and his lost love and a flickering secularism. A worrying silence echoes in the public sphere by Teesta Setalvad It was an act of violence and terror, albeit of a critically different kind. When 23-year-old Ankit Saxena’s throat was slit after an altercation with the family members of his childhood […]

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Vishwa vijayi tiranga pyaara, ‘evil’ no more? by Sujata Anandan

  This article was originally published in Lokmat Times.

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Five major trends Shashi Tharoor sees emerging in Indian politics in 2018

2018 may unfold a politics of performance over identity, of hope over fear in India Gazing into a crystal ball is never easy, especially since these days the image tends to get cloudy rather unexpectedly. After all, at this time last year, who would have been taken seriously if he predicted that the big political […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook January 16, 2018 Delhiwallas love Mumbai in winter. For one thing, our temperatures are quite balmy compared to the capital`s – a ‘Cold Wave’ here means 13 degrees. For another, Delhi`s smog is so bad that Mumbai`s pollution looks healthier, which is deceptive as you notice at a concert at the National Centre […]

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The new golden rule of Indian politics: Do unto them what they did unto you by Shashi Tharoor

Sixty eight per cent of the time of the previous Lok Sabha was lost to BJP-led disruptions. It is hardly surprising that UPA members have decided to emulate their predecessors. As Parliament’s delayed winter session gets under way, the threat of disruption is in the air. There is also belligerent talk of aggressive new measures […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker January 3, 2018   For the first column of January one should begin with best wishes for a happy new year. Unfortunately, 2018 has started on a sombre note. Just as 2017 was about to end, a fire broke out in a terrace restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, and 14 […]

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The cat is finally out of the bag: Hindutva leaders’ utter disdain for the Indian Constitution by Shashi Tharoor

No one should be surprised at Union minister of state Anantkumar Hegde’s remark on Sunday that “the BJP had come to power to change the Constitution” and that it would “do so in the near future”. Hegde, a blunt-speaking politician who has a long record of preferring valour to discretion, has let the proverbial cat […]

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Memory, myth and memorial: on the Bhima-Koregaon battle by Shiv Visvanathan

The battle over Bhima-Koregaon is not just one of history, it is a battle for identity and equality. The late Kannada writer U.R. Ananthamurthy once told me a story. His PhD guide and he were discussing an Ingmar Bergman film. Ananthamurthy said when the West needs to access the past, it seems to enter a […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook January 3, 2018 For the first column of January one should begin with best wishes for a happy new year. Unfortunately, 2018 has started on a sombre note. Just as 2017 was about to end, a fire broke out in a terrace restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, and 14 party-goers, most of them […]

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