Sweet victory: Shashi Tharoor with mother, Lily, after winning the Lok Sabha seat from Thiruvananthapuram in 2014 | Manoj Chemancheri

Tough love by Shashi Tharoor

My mother drove me to excellence, writes Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor My mother just bought a new car. It is a gleaming red Nissan Micra, and she proudly drove it to the temple to get it blessed before journeying to the market and bank. Nothing exceptional about any of this—except that she is 82. […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

From top banker to shit. Sounds like a good tabloid headline, doesn’t it? But Naina Lal Kidwai, former Chairman, HSBC India, won’t mind, because she has taken up the cause of sanitation in right earnest. And on the hallowed stage of NCPA, she used this four-letter world liberally, not as an exclamation, but matter-of-factly when […]

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There can be no Empire 2.0 – but there can be a new Commonwealth by Shashi Tharoor

As 53 world leaders prepare to gather in London for this year’s edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM, 2018), it would be all too easy for some to dismiss the biennial event as a byproduct of an acute colonial hangover. On the contrary, however, I strongly believe that this year’s summit presents a historic opportunity for […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

  On the first evening of last month, Tata Theatre was completely packed, with a buzz that was almost palpable. It wasn’t for a performance: instead, a thousand people, most of them young, came to see and hear Christopher Nolan on ‘Reframing the Future of Film’. One wonders how many came out of interest in […]

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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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