Ashok Malik


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Planet Paris

On the evening of Friday the 13th, Paris experienced its most chilling moments since the climax of World War II.

Bond with a complex and mommy issues

Released in London recently, Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, is expected in India later this month.

Oh! Calcutta!

From the Pujas (the omnibus term for the four days of Durga Puja) to the Christmas-New Year week is the “season” in Calcutta (or Kolkata as it is now called).

Murder is murder

Mohammad Akhlaq’s horrific killing in Dadri, in western Uttar Pradesh, just outside Delhi, is an act of infamy.

Sports: 1970s & now

How sports change. In the India of the 1970s, the mass sports were clearly hockey and football.

Rao, Singh and the Great Suicide

When politicians who are out of power write books, it is both understandable and intriguing.

Names people play

Generally speaking, this writer does not support name changes for streets and cities. Yet, this principle is not absolutist.

Gabbar and his friends

This month 40 years ago saw the release of Sholay. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, the film had a slow start.

Partition: A fallout of 1942?

There has been a spate of books in recent weeks on Partition and the birth of Pakistan.

High on morality, low on maturity

Two questions have arisen following the rolling back of the ordinance designed to protect legislators convicted of crimes and save them from immediate disqualification. Since the Union Cabinet essentially bowed to pressure from Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president, the first point relates to whether a government can be held to ransom by just one individual.

Are countries which have not been responsible over decades, perhaps even over centuries, for huge greenhouse gas emissions, promoting global warming now obliged to cut on their CO2 emissions in global

ISIS, or more accurately Daesh, is a creation of multiple forces – its seeds were sown by America during its Cold War confrontation against the erstwhile Soviet Union, it has been nurtured well since