Ashok Malik

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

Dilip Cherian

Back in the saddle

After scoring an unprecedented victory at the hustings and with the din of electioneering having died out, it’s back to business for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Aakar Patel

Story of the Indian soldier, 49 BC onwards

I saw this story a few days ago and was surprised by it.

Shobhaa De

Shobhaa’s Take: The patriot games we play

My word! Are we touchy... or are we touchy? Our skins are getting thinner and thinner by the day.

Bhopinder Singh

End politics over OROP

Even in the most avowed democracies, wars, terrorism, insurgencies and natural calamities ensure the relevance and respect of the defence forces and their veterans.

B.K. Chandrashekar

Cut Carbon, not growth

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

Vappala Balachandran

The clash of uncivilisations

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

Ranjit Gupta

Syria is key in the war on ISIS

At the end of 2010, after a devastating four-year drought, the worst ever in Syria’s history, more than a million Syrian farmers had fled to the cities, their livestock had perished.

Anita Katyal

Bihar loss & image woes

It is more than 10 days since the Bihar Assembly election results were declared, but the Bharatiya Janata Party continues to be in ferment.

Sanjeev Ahluwalia

It’s a rip-off!

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Paulo Coelho

How to conquer summits

Choose a mountain you want to climb: Don’t let yourself be carried away by the commentaries of others saying “that one is nicer” or “this one is easier”.

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay

Uneasy neighbours: A real test for Modi

After catching all political pundits and trackers of his political career on the wrong foot by his against-the-grain invitation to leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saar

Vikram Sood

That long, horrible night

It was in the month of Ramzan 2014 that there was an announcement about the establishment of the Caliphate.

Charles Marquand

Unite, not divide

Last Friday evening news began to come in of a series of terrorist atrocities in Paris: gunmen had been indiscriminately shooting at diners in restaurants and bars and spectators at a sports stadium a

Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi

Time to call a spade a spade

In a video, Salim Benghalem, an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist who is the main suspect in the attacks on Paris, calls his “brethren in faith” to fight the “kafirs” and “mushriks” (ido

Shikha Mukerjee

The Patna conclave

An emerging collective of regional parties after the triumph of the Mahagatbandhan in Bihar signals the building of a barricade to keep out ambitious encroachers.

S.K. Sinha

Nitish is now PM material

The pollsters, exit polls and I were proved totally wrong in anticipating the results of the recent Bihar Assembly elections. The former’s expertise went astray in their predictions.

Mohan Guruswamy

Paris not a repeat of Mumbai

There is a tendency among people to show empathy by showing themselves to be co-victims.

Rajeev Shukla

UNSC membership for Rs 73 crore?

India has been fighting for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for the last 20 years but our efforts are yet to fructify.

K.C. Singh

Talk to us

A variation of the former British statesman Harold Wilson’s remark that one week is a long time in politics is apt for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Khalid Mohamed

At home in Lucknowi and Queen’s angrezi

He was habitually wont to begin a sentence with, “Amma yaar”, as in “Amma yaar, aap kaise hain?”, “Amma yaar, badi manhoos garmi hai”, “Amma yaar, aaj shaam ko thodi gup-shup ho jaaye.” <

Indranil Banerjie

Europe’s 9/11 moment

Saturday’s cold-blooded terrorist shootings across Paris, that left an estimated 128 dead and hundreds wounded, is bound to trigger multiple reactions across Europe.

Nawal Kishore Chaudhary

...and the vote goes to poll managers

As somebody rightly said, “it is more important to say ‘perfect’ things ‘imperfectly’ than to say ‘imperfect’ things ‘perfectly’.

KG Suresh

2016: BJP’s big fight

BJP’s defeat in the Bihar Assembly election is undoubtedly a setback for the party, more so the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo, given the fact that while the former was the mascot of the party's campaign

Claude Arpi

It’s a horror!

Terrorist Massacre in Paris”, “The Horror”, “Carnage in Paris”, “The War in the Centre of Paris” — On Saturday morning I woke up to these headlines in the French press when all I wanted to know was th

Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

How radical Islam haunts Egypt

Whatever other result the tragic crash of the Russian Metrojet Airbus A321 whose Sharm el-Sheikh to St Petersburg Flight 9268 ended in the sands of Sinai, killing all 224 persons on board, may have, i

Shiv Visvanathan

The Bihar drama

Politics makes strange bedfellows and stranger enemies. When the elections in Bihar are advertised as a clash of titans — of Nitish Kumar vs Narendra Modi — one wonders where old loyalties went.

S. Nihal Singh

Bihar loss: A blessing for the BJP

It is a famous victory in Bihar for two regional leaders, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, even as the over-confident Bharatiya Janata Party licks its wounds on its rout at the hands of the coaliti

Farrukh Dhondy

Jokes and the way to tolerance

“The secret lover, betrayed by a sigh The impossibility of that last goodbye The cleansing tears he was forced to cry But what if a liar says he tells a lie?”

Suchi Govindarajan

Life in the fasting lane

Diyar fellow Indians, as you are knowing, we have recently completed our Karva Chauth festival, a great tradition celebrated in North India since centuries, and in rest of India since the ancient era

Anil Dharker

Dissent Manufacturing Company at work

The bravest voice among all the voices raised against today’s climate of intolerance belongs to Shah Rukh Khan. That’s because he has the most to lose.

Wasbir Hussain

Arunachal’s high-stakes unrest

It is rare for indigenous tribes-people in the Arunachal Pradesh frontier to be in ferment.

Flavia Agnes

Compassion, a matter of rights

Within a political climate of minority bashing, the request for derecognition of their adoption centres by the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), the religious institution founded by Mother Teresa, has ac

S.K. Sinha

Dialogue with the deaf

Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India on the afternoon of October 26, 1947. At dawn the following day our troops were flown from Delhi to Srinagar.

Sudhanshu Ranjan

Collegium 2.0

On October 16, the Supreme Court of India revived the collegium system for appointing judges to the higher judiciary after striking down the 99th Constitutional Amendment Act that created the National

Vandana Shiva

West’s ‘fail-anthropy’

In 2008, before the climate summit in Copenhagen, I wrote the book Soil Not Oil.

R.C. Acharya

Railways: Back on track

American management guru Peter Drucker had famously said, “The spirit of an organisation is created from the top”, and Union minister for railways Suresh Prabhu, with an excellent track record of his

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Reminders of raj dharma

The collective decisions by authors, academics, activists, filmmakers and scientists to return awards given to them may be dismissed as “politics by other means” and as “ideological intolerance” by th

K.V. Rajan

Terai key to better India-Nepal ties

The dramatic downturn in India-Nepal relations in recent weeks raises a number of questions.

Sreeram Chaulia

Bully runs the school

How can a hulking schoolyard bully be restrained from harming smaller and weaker peers?

Kishwar Desai

Britain’s waiting for Modi

So finally, here’s the announcement that British Indians have been impatiently waiting for! Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to the UK, in the second week of November.

Suman Sahai

The skewed pulses story

Many years ago, when I was doing my Ph.D.

Shobhaa’s Take

A nation full of ‘idiots’

I absolutely love the level of political discourse these days. Forget content. Forget style. Forget logic. Forget civility. When the gloves come off, what we get is straight and simple name calling.

Manish Tewari

Beware the tyranny of the elected

It has been a fortnight since the Supreme Court struck down the Constitution (99th Amendment) Act and also declared the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, 2014, as unconstitutional and voi

Swapan Dasgupta

Media & Modi Sarkar: Observer or partisan?

Last Friday, in case some of you didn’t notice, the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi, an institution that has been very much in the news, met and passed a resolution upholding India’s “spirit of

Audrey D’Mello

Home is where the hurt lies

Melinda Gates, one of the world’s most powerful women, while speaking against the increased spate of rapes in India, said that a survey conducted by her foundation confirms that the menace of domestic

Vivek Kaul

Elections with tur dal tadka

Dal prices have been on fire and the bureaucrats and politicians have been caught napping once again. In the recent past, tur dal prices have crossed Rs 200 per kg.

Javed Anand

When anger is the rage

In an article published in a financial daily a week ago, columnist Aakar Patel who readers of this paper are familiar with, tries imagining what it must be like to be a Muslim in today’s India.

Shankar Roychowdhury

Of water wars & dam busters

Recent reports of a Chinese hydro-electric power project at Zangmu, feeding off the Yarlung Tsangpo river in Tibet (which in its lower reaches is the Brahmaputra in India) has come as an unpleasant su

Mohan Guruswamy

The importance of being Africa

Some years ago, a socially mobile Indian Foreign Service officer in charge of the high-profile external publicity division (XP), whose penchant for publicity of the Page 3 kind irked the then foreign

Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

Modi’s tamasha vs Xi’s quiet power

Watching the crowds gathered in London last week for the stately Xi Jinping and his stylish wife, it occurred to me that there’s a vital difference between Indians and Chinese in Britain.

Anand K. Sahay

Neither literature nor cricket

The resolution passed “unanimously” by the Sahitya Akademi (SA) — which still pretends it is India’s National Academy of Letters, no less — at its special meeting on October 23, leaves little doubt th

Bishwajit Bhattacharya

The Big Test for Modi

Article 44 of the Constitution of India stipulates that the State shall endeavour to secure for the citizens a uniform civil code (UCC) throughout the territory of India.

Pavan K. Varma

My Lord, now for some accountability

On October 16 this month, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act of 2014.

Anand Neelakantan

Dussehra: The grand mea culpa

Ravan is the epitome of evil — his effigy is burnt ritualistically every year during Dussehra, in every street corner in north India.

C. Raj Kumar

NJAC out, collegium needs reform

The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark verdict, declared the 99th Constitutional Amendment and the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act void and unconstitutional.

Patralekha Chatterjee

Bon appetit!

Can we use the power of food to motivate people to find common ground? In these turbulent times, when food is a combustible issue, it is tempting to be sceptical.

Antara Dev Sen

Curbing prize wapasi

What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? / Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? — Lady Macbeth

Vidya Shankar

Adoption a lifelong commitment

One of the essential components of the process of finding a home by adoption is to provide children and families a larger information base to the emerging identity and consciousness about adoption.

Pradeep S. Mehta

Stabilise the civil services

Many officials in the Uttar Pradesh government do not carry any visiting cards because they are not sure whether they will hold the same position the next day or not as there’s a possibility of becomi

Yogi Aggarwal

Controlling identities

Governments, whether of the United Progressive Alliance or the National Democratic Alliance, have been desperately trying to bring their unique identification scheme (UID) under the Aadhaar umbrella a

Zafar Sareshwala

Beef-eating not a virtue for Muslims

You have to understand that there is a fundamental misconception among a major section of Hindus that eating beef is a virtue for Muslims. It is not. Islam has nowhere said you should eat beef.

Madhav Bhandari

Pseudo secular politics to fore

The Dadri lynching was unfortunate and killing for whatever reason is unacceptable. A perception is being created that the man was killed over beef.

Shiv Visvanathan

Electoral versus ecological politics

Electoral politics and ecological politics can represent two different ways of life. In an ecological society, one can use symbols from the past to sustain affiliations.

Sidharth Bhatia

The incredible shrinking city

Old Bombay-Delhi battles used to go like this. Delhi : Look at our wide roads, our grand homes, our lovely winter. Bombay: You are an overgrown village. This then changed to —

Manmohan Bahadur

To arms! To arms! But will they listen?

The wise men have spoken — the moot point is, will they be heard?

Javed Anand

India, Pakistan: Same to same

Nearly a quarter century ago, when the Babri Masjid was demolished, Fahmida Riaz, a well- known Urdu writer, poet and feminist of Pakistan who had spent many years in exile in India with her husband a

Siddharth Pai

How the west was won

Plenty of ink has been spilt on the Prime Minister’s recent visit to California where he received a resounding reception from people of Indian origin and from executives at the helm of some of the wor

A. Rangarajan

Das Auto. Das Scam.

When assistant professor Arvind Thiruvengadam at the West Virginia University applied for a grant from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to augment resources at his modest lab i

Bishwajit Bhattacharyya

Black-money farce

Declare foreign assets by Septemb-er 30, 2015, or perish”, thundered the government on September 21.

Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

Walk before you sprint

All this heady talk of digital India makes me think we are aspiring to sprint before learning to walk.

Arun Kumar Singh

Biding time to reach the trillion dollar club

I write this article with some authority based on my visits to almost all nations (except Afghanistan) of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, and not only having lectured there, but discussed with think tan

Talmiz Ahmad

A new Afghanistan on Syrian soil

Syria has been in the throes of civil conflict for nearly five years.

Anshuman Behera

Constitutional bias

A painful decade of bloody Maoist insurgency and then another decade of failed attempts later, Nepal, on September 20, got itself a new Constitution, a development that has led to celebrations in Kath

Mohan K. Tikku

Netaji and mystery of the secret files

Now that Mamata Banerjee has served the appetiser, everybody is hungering after the big meal.

Patralekha Chatterjee

Smart cities need smart healthcare

What do Delhi’s headline-grabbing Aedes mosquitoes have in common with the city’s equally notorious political aides? To start with, neither feels threatened by mere talk about clean surroundings.

Rajiv Bhatia

‘Kingmaker’ Suu Kyi?

Hardly a year passes without an election somewhere in India, but it is a rarity in Myanmar. Here people will have the opportunity to exercise their franchise on November 8.

Khalid Mohamed

Fodder for fantasy factory

Daring twists in the plot are a spectator sport, be it in cinema, theatre or real life.

Pradip Phanjoubam

In Northeast, lines of conflict

Eight more young lives have been lost, this time in Manipur’s southern district of Churachandpur in the most recent explosion of violence since the agitation for and against the implementation of the

K.N. Bhat

Divide and reserve

The divide and rule policy of the British invented reservation in favour of the so-called “backward classes” on the basis of caste and in provinces like Madras the policy yielded fruit.

Ranjona Banerji

Crying wolf on gender

As the compelling and crazy Sheena Bora murder case unfolds before us, detail by bizarre detail, the main focus remains on the prime murder accused Indrani Mukerjea.

Jayant V. Narlikar

Kepler-452b: A space odyssey

The discovery of a new planet is always an occasion to celebrate. For it may generate a rise in confidence (so far unproven) that we are not alone in the universe.

Deepak Pental

The GMO in your mustard is good

Personalities that aspire to be cult figures often resort to hyperbole and lies and Vandana Shiva has done exactly this in her piece, GMO in my mustard, which appeared in this newspaper on August 12,

Dr S.S. Rajagopalan

A retrograde step indeed

I had never been an apologist for the Right to Education Act of 2009 for it was not brought out with any political will to provide all children quality education.

Jayaprakash A. Gandhi

Exams will bring out best in kids

The Central government's decision to have annual examination for every class from 1st to 12th is definitely a positive move, because students need a minimum knowledge and performance which should be e

Om Puri

No misbehaviour, please

As an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, I feel sad seeing what has been happening at the prestigious institute for months now.

Neena Gopal

Shifting sands

Weeks after the Babri Masjid demolition in Decem-ber 1992 by crazed pracharaks, a handful of Indian — and Pakistani — expatriates stormed the Krishna temple tucked away in the warren of shops in the I

Suparn Verma

A tragic twist in a sad talkie

A little over 70 days ago the government in its infinite wisdom appointed six people to helm the affairs of India’s premier film institute, the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.

S. Nihal Singh

A healing chapter in the Lanka tale begins

In the end, Mahinda Rajapaksa of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), who presented himself as the Sinhala warrior king, lost the parliamentary election, frustrating his attempt to return to t

Aditya Sinha

The spy who led Pak’s deep state

In 1993, Kashmiri separatist Firdous Syed got to meet Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul, who had formerly headed the Pakistan Army’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate and who had retired the previous

Varun Gandhi

Time to open the eastern gates

The formation of a “Naga Club” by 20 young men of the French Labour Corps in 1918 initiated the longest insurgency in modern Indian history.

Pradeep Kaushiva

The arithmetic of honour

The current media discourse on One Rank, One Pension (OROP) is focused only on the financial aspect of the issue which, perhaps, is understandable.

Indira Jaising

Personal is private

The debate over the right to privacy becomes imperative and eminent in the light of several incursions into this right in recent times.

Praveen Davar

How August 15 became Independence Day

Gurdaspur has been in the news lately but, unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.

Amit A. Pai

Supreme Court and the dice of death

Death penalty is barbaric and inhuman in its effect, mental and physical upon the condemned man and is positively cruel.

Abhijit Bhattacharyya

J&K is not sovereign

What often goes unnoticed is the fact that the genesis of Kashmir (commonly known as Jammu and Kashmir) is linked to 565 princely states, which became independent along with the birth of two sovereign

Shruti Seth

Colour blind

Lately, I have been feeling that I am part of a dwindling minority that has the ability to differentiate between colours since most people in my city, Mumbai, seem rather deficient in this regard.

Jayant V. Narlikar

Tracing Supernova 1054

Old books and manuscripts provide a measure of the intellectual maturity of the society that produced them. Spread over centuries, they generate a credible story of the evolution of the society.

Javed Anand

What can I say?

To the mourning parents, siblings, children, spouses, lovers, family and friends of those who were gunned down in the horrific massacre in Paris, what can I say?

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

Running on fumes

The sharp and sudden collapse of international prices of crude oil brings significant short-term gains for the Indian economy.

Sreeram Chaulia

A promise of change

The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka’s presidential election is good riddance for the troubled island.

Anil Dharker

Two cheers for Rahul

What Rahul wants, Rahul gets,” was the headline in one national newspaper. Others were not so direct, but nevertheless played up Rahul Gandhi’s outburst against the ordinance on convicted MPs and MLAs.


Kishwar Desai

Attack that came with benefits

If anyone in India thinks heaping abuse upon a politician or their families can wreck careers, they must think again. Sometimes the more an individual is reviled, the more public sympathy s/he arouses.

Ram Gopal Varma

Wrong and right

Relationships are really the bane of our life whether they be with our loved ones and also within our so called professional lives. We’re, throughout our lives, seeking that one very right relationship with a very right person who we think is absolutely right for us.


Dilip Cherian

Dilli Ka Babu

Clean-up time

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Aakar Patel

Soft side of the Hindutva hero

Has Narendra Modi softened himself as his campaign continues to progress? This week we had a statement from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate that for him, toilets were the priority over temples.

Bharat Bhushan

Rahul’s risen, now he needs to shine

Congress scion Rahul Gandhi has announced his party’s leadership transition with a bang. His dramatic intervention to scuttle the ordinance nullifying the Supreme Court order on convicted politicians in public life demonstrates his desire to dictate the future course of his party.


Rakhahari Chatterji

Gandhi’s India

A charitable interpretation of the acceptance by our leaders of Partition and the bloodbath that it entailed would be that they expected it to have, once and for all, settled communal conflict in Inde

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Seema Sirohi

Dr Singh may not be king, but he won

New York Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may not be king again but he certainly can launch a guerrilla action or two.


Shankar Roychowdhury

Nuclear realities

The significance of the second test on September 15, 2013, of India’s improved Agni-V intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) from Wheeler Island test range, off the coast of Orissa, has to be per


Sidharth Bhatia

In politics, it’s a season of friend requests

Along with holding public rallies all over the country to up his profile and take his message of throwing out the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Narendra Modi has also been working to get friends

Anand K. Sahay

Tear up the ordinance & make history

Rahul Gandhi’s intervention last Friday on the side of the Supreme Court and the people, and against the ordinance-in-the-making that seeks to bail out criminal politicians, was the stuff of history.

Anupam Kher

Balancing act in life

I’m a 20-year-old college student. I was in love with my classmate. Last month I broke up with her. She cheated on me. And now it is very hard for me to face her all day in class.

Pavan K. Varma

Where Parliament fails, judiciary saves

The Supreme Court’s ruling that legislators must cease to be members of the House if they are convicted by a court for an offence where the punishment is more than two years, and its more recent judgm

Antara Dev Sen

Democracy of disgust

The personal is political. And the political is personal too. Only the incurably innocent or doggedly somnambulant would refuse to recognise this.


Farrukh Dhondy

Slut as in slattern

Slut as in slattern “Isn’t it strange? Isn’t it rich? That Panini The Grammarian of Sanskrit Is now an Italian sandwich?” From Hai Doonya!

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Srinath Raghavan

Forward Ho!

It is easy to be nostalgic about US-India relations. Think of the days when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would gush to President George W.

Arun Kumar Singh

Navy in the dock

The Indian Navy has always had a sound strategy to develop a “balanced force capability” comprising naval aviation, submarines, warships and marine commandos, so that it can protect national interests

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S. Nihal Singh

Will Syria be the West’s next Iraq?

The world is staring at another military intervention by the United States and its allies in Syria to punish the Assad government for allegedly using chemical agents leading to hundreds of deaths of civilians.

Shobhaa De

Silencing the rationalist

Certain “dastardly deeds” (how our netas love these two words!) are just more “dastardly” than others. The cold-blooded, pre-meditated daylight murder of a legend called Narendra Dabholkar was one of them.


Farrukh Dhondy

A toothy tale

“How far can you go If you’re not Rimbaud? How much do you dare If you’re not Baudelaire? Contemplate time In its grip be calm Drink a toast to Omar Khayyam” From Fatty Ravi the Kavi by Bachchoo

Sajjad Ashraf

The muffled sounds of the dholak

Gazing into India, on my occasional visits, standing on the Pakistani side of Wagah border, the only land crossing permitted along the border between India and Pakistan, I have inevitably, with moist eyes, remembered my late father.

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Khalid Mohamed

Dancing in the dark

Kajol, who lived on the upscale Altamount Road, had never seen life in the raw.

Bharat Karnad

A frog in the hot water

John Garver, a leading American expert on Sino-Indian relations, has likened Beijing’s strategy towards India to the Chinese way of cooking a frog. Plonk the frog in a vessel and turn up the heat slowly. If the water was hot to begin with or the temperature were to rise much too quickly, the frog would simply jump out and escape.


Bharat Karnad

A can-do helmsman

Nations on the march, or those in the dumps, have sometimes found great leaders to lift their spirits, offer a guiding vision, fuel ambition and help them leap forward. A down and out China found Deng Xiaoping, a fast-declining Britain got Margaret Thatcher, and a de-spirited America had Ronald Reagan.

K.N. Bhat

Judge, gadfly and newsmaker

Maverick, eccentric or unique? Which of these adjectives describe Justice Markandey Katju — the current chairman of the Press Council of India — adequately? Considering Justice Katju’s ability to shift from reality to fantasy without any forewarning, all of these epithets may fit on a given occasion, but none as aptly as I-centric.

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Kishwar Desai

Convulsions in pop press

One of the most tumultuous occurrences in the history of British media took place this year when some journalists working at the highly successful tabloid, News of the World , were accused of using underhanded means for news gathering.

Shreekant Sambrani

The election that isn’t

In the next 10 days, Gujarat will go to polls, ostensibly to elect a legislative Assembly, but in reality to put a stamp of approval on its chief minister for over a decade, Narendra Modi. The only suspense is whether it does so with absolute conviction, that is, with a clear majority of votes cast, or through a plurality.


Patralekha Chatterjee

Children of lesser parents

Once again, we are furiously debating parental abuse. A court in Norway has convicted an Indian couple for allegedly maltreating their seven-year-old son. This is the second time that Indian parents have fallen foul of Norwegian parenting laws. A furious war of words has broken out about good parenting.


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

After scoring an unprecedented victory at the hustings and with the din of electioneering having died out, it’s back to business for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.