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  • July 18, 2018, Wednesday

    The unexciting story of Ujjivan

    The way the book is structured is a little problematic

  • July 17, 2018, Tuesday

    Imran unplugged

    They are a way for Reham to illustrate that Imran does not have what it takes to be the leader of a truly Islamic nation

  • July 16, 2018, Monday

    The case for UBI

    Several recent books have provided good background briefings for UBI prograe

  • July 15, 2018, Sunday

    Amal Clooney & Barack Obama: Celebrities with clay feet

    Both Obama and Clooney have a side that contradicts the freedom of speech they espouse, and it diminishes them, writes Karan ...

  • July 13, 2018, Friday

    Independent India's Hindi playlist

    Politics dominates but unlike most books on political economy, this one is neither screechy nor preachy; in fact, it is quite an ...

  • July 12, 2018, Thursday

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi: The two faces of the BJP

    Nor was Mr Vajpayee's power unchallenged. There was always Mr Advani, who Mr Vajpayee secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) ...

  • July 11, 2018, Wednesday

    Football's new capitalists

    Most of us take European football's foreign owners as a fact of life, but their rise is a recent phenomenon - about two decades ...

  • July 10, 2018, Tuesday

    Faith-based felon

    Anurag Tripathi attempts to lift the lid off such heinous misdemeanours in a baldly titled new book, Dera Sacha Sauda and Gurmeet ...

  • July 09, 2018, Monday

    Putin vs the US 'reset'

    In the wake of Russia's 2008 war with Georgia, the Obama administration attempted to reboot relations with the Kremlin

  • July 06, 2018, Friday

    The man who dressed Mick Jagger

    The Nutters suit, unlike others on the Row, was cut for flash: tight-waisted and small-chested to emphasise the body

  • July 06, 2018, Friday

    The Dawn of Eurasia presents a picture of shifting balance in world order

    The present leadership in Russia, ambitious for a global role, views itself as a bridge between the two continents

  • July 06, 2018, Friday

    How India wastes away

    Readers might get a faint hint of a stink in their argument linking India's problem of waste to the caste system alone

  • July 05, 2018, Thursday

    India's first free press battles

    Hicky's paper lasted barely two years in the face of opposition from the Company's bigwigs

  • July 04, 2018, Wednesday

    A prince in Bollywood

    If Burman's music endures, it is because he was clear that his music should resonate with the common man

  • July 03, 2018, Tuesday

    A chronicle of banking reform

    The book briefly looks at the years before the period of economic liberalisation, understanding the need for nationalisation, ...

  • July 02, 2018, Monday

    Are more and more people working meaningless jobs?

    Graeber does not claim to know which jobs are useless and which are not; instead he asks workers to weigh in on that themselves

  • June 29, 2018, Friday

    Supreme gossip

    With recent developments highlighting the role of Chief Justice of India vis-a-vis his brethren, the chapter titled 'The ...

  • June 28, 2018, Thursday

    Neither East nor West: An Iranian rhapsody

    Ayatollah Khomeini's ominous words for his country - 'neither East nor West' - turn into altogether less sinister in Ms Pryce's ...

  • June 27, 2018, Wednesday

    Countering the 'rage of Islam' theories

    The book is an enlightened condensation of Islamic history and philosophy for those seeking a perspective on the conundrum in ...

  • June 26, 2018, Tuesday

    The India-Pakistan conundrum

    Two macro-facts that the author highlights are, however, relevant for an understanding of continuing hostilities between the two ...