Ashok Malik


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Modi’s mission: Strong Centre, a federal India

When he became Prime Minister, Jawaharl-al Nehru famously said that his aspiration for India was to build “a just society by just means”.

Azhar, the Everyman

By all accounts, the biopic Azhar is a fictionalised rendition of the life, the rise and the fall of Mohammed Azharuddin, the former Indian cricket captain.

Historical amnesia

Saturday’s edition of this newspaper had a small but puzzling news report on page 12. It was headlined: “John Wayne Day scrapped in California over race row”.

A new Aadhaar for Indian diplomacy

Finally backed by an enabling legislation, the Aadhaar project, the flagship of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has been further bolstered by news that enrolment has touched the

Instigating a controversy

Is it compulsory for every citizen of India to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai”? Obviously it is not.

India and its nationalisms

Since “nationalism” is the word of the week, how does one write about it without repeating the banal comments that have already been made by somebody else?

Yuvraj and the theatre of cricket

Perhaps no sport has so inspired literature as cricket. No doubt football or tennis fans (or baseball fans for that matter) will reject that claim.

Jan. 26: An ongoing quest for freedom

In his book Working a Democratic Constitution: A History of the Indian Experience, the late American scholar Granville Austin describes the key and symbolic moment on January 26, 1950, when the old or

Keep the bow strung

In the past few weeks, the pace and intensity of interaction been India and Pakistan has been hectic, almost as if the Modi government is making up for lost time.

Dharma and drama

Participating in the Constitution Day deliberations in Parliament on November 26, home minister Rajnath Singh spoke about how the words “secular” and “socialist” were interpolated into the Preamble in

As the dust settles on the recent Assembly elections, what emerges is a bifurcation of the political tendencies of the 2014 general election: if Tamil Nadu and West Bengal reiterated the political val

Are we racist? Of course we are. Most Indians are. In fact, most South Asians are. Some of us are more racist than others. Similarly, some of us are appalled by racism as well.