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  • 07-Oct-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Vaccine diplomacy and drama

    India transferred five million jabs to Britain in need

  • 10-Sep-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Caste: A best-in-class political asset

    'Defying Nehru and Ambedkar, caste is stronger today than ever before', says the author

  • 12-Aug-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Of political cycles and four-wheel drive

    'Cyclists are especially insulting to the "Billionaire Raj" (citing The Economist) over which Mr Modi presides', says the author

  • 12-Jul-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Between history and propaganda

    Book review of SIKKIM: A History of Intrigue and Alliance

  • 08-Jul-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Politicians and their meeting dress

    Sunanda K Datta-Ray says Xi Jing's choice of Mao suit at the foundation day ceremony of the Chinese Communist party signals the revival of Mao's orthodoxy and the party's supremacy

  • 10-Jun-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    When future's in the past

    Sunanda K Datta-Ray discusses the double standards that pervade the Indian political establishment's embrace of unproven scientific nationalism

  • 13-May-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    What Soli and Lord Lester fought for

    Anthony Lester was a barrister who dabbled in left-of-centre politics. The connection with Soli was explained by his passion for justice for the underdog

  • 15-Apr-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    An ode to life (and Rina)

    Rina lived in London for 50 years and died last week in a local hospital.

  • 11-Mar-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    The royal drama: All's not fair

    Although the Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle, isn't battling a mother-in-law, in essence her fight is not very different from traditional India's saas-bahu tussle

  • 11-Feb-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    For whom the Covid bell tolls

    It's John Donne's foreboding in reverse: No matter for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you and me

  • 14-Jan-2021 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Old words with new meanings

    One such is "woke", which Britain's political right denounces as a battering ram that will destroy the ramparts of social orthodoxy

  • 10-Dec-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Making a meal out of food and drink

    Pubs and restaurants in Tier 3 - the highest level, including Manchester, Hull, Newcastle and Bristol - can now offer only takeaway meals. London pubs can serve drinks but only with "substantial meal"

  • 13-Nov-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Maharajah's airs and graces

    Air India should be a little more sensitive to passenger reactions, civilised travelling norms and the need to give value for money charged

  • 08-Oct-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    The man who looked east

    Syamal Gupta, a senior Tata executive, helped change India's perception

  • 11-Sep-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Of lockdown laziness and change agents

    Negligent at the best of times, our public sector undertakings have become even more lazy during these months of lockouts

  • 14-Aug-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    A pandemic of opportunism

    The pandemic could tear aside pieties and posturing and unveil a more authentic India by sparking the kind of economic surge that shaped the Roaring Twenties after the Spanish flu epidemic

  • 17-Jul-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    No democracy without opposition

    What India could learn from Singapore's spirit of democracy

  • 03-Jul-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Learning from Jolly

    As a Kashmiri who made Bengal his field of action, Jolly Mohan Kaul represented the Indian synthesis at its best

  • 19-Jun-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    If India banned Chinese restaurants...

    ...China will flood direct flights to India with wholesale takeaways of the authentic stuff; Indian businessmen will fight for the commission and the consumers for the cuisine

  • 05-Jun-2020 | Sunanda K Datta-Ray

    Devika Balakrishnan & Brajabandhu Rana matter

    We suffer our own domestic Donald Trumps; we mourn our own George Floyds