Sunanda K. Datta-Ray

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Democracy in action

Democracy is the enemy of civilisation.

Waiting for America

It may be too much to hope that the invitation to Barack Obama to be chief guest at the next Republic Day ceremony will put an end to anguished moaning about the United States forever linking India an

The Dragon in Buddha’s robes

Buddhism is the new age Communism. It’s the ideology with which governments hope to win friends and influence people.

Bengal’s burden

Narendra Modi’s warning to “Bangladeshi infiltrators to pack their bags and leave” resonates in the wake of grim revelations indicating West Bengal is on the verge of becoming if it hasn’t already bec

(Un)magical broom

Every time I see images of Narendra Modi surrounded by acolytes sweeping a rubbish-strewn pavement, I ask myself if this drama doesn’t reduce an essential function of civilised life to political tamas

Terrorism & semantics

It was a cliché of the 1960s, the great age of decolonisation, that one man’s freedom fighter was another man’s terrorist. That duality had earlier produced the possibly apocryphal story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt declaring in 1939 that Nicaragua’s dictator Anastasio Somoza “may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch!”

Why terrorism has an Islamic stamp

A Muslim is not a terrorist. A terrorist is not a Muslim”.

India’s retail sector is a potpourri of formats.

There was a news report not so long ago that ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), an international organisation and part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on Inte