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  • The quality of our independence

    16-08-2018 22:59:00

    Activism of any sort and human rights work in particular is not encouraged in India, and it is almost never safe

  • Britain's lone walk

    10-08-2018 21:57:00

    A clean Brexit means that the UK will have to go back to the World Trade Organization and then set up from zero

  • Akhand Bharat and its actual contents

    02-08-2018 23:39:00

    The ease with which 4 million people have been termed 'illegal' without any resistance from the rest of us is deeply disturbing

  • A Chhattisgarh diary

    27-07-2018 22:05:00

    Raipur station is clean: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan? I ask someone but they say it's always been clean

  • In Kashmir, India should focus on handling the people, not Pakistan

    20-07-2018 05:57:00

    The Kashmir issue is no longer the dispute it once was. The Indian policy should centre around handling people rather than Pakistan

  • What makes a saint?

    13-07-2018 21:23:00

    Indians use fancy titles to project their holiness. That is why Adityanath uses the prefix 'Yogi' and Das uses 'Acharya'

  • India must act against public violence, but its past failures weigh heavy

    06-07-2018 05:57:00

    Countering public violence requires punishing the guilty and promoting social harmony. Historically, the Indian state has failed on the former and some political parties continue to fail us on the lat

  • The 'best Indian food'

    29-06-2018 22:19:00

    Bourdain thought vada-pao was so good that all other Indian food could be dismissed. He was not wrong

  • Kashmir: Condemned by consensus that we need to hold it by force

    22-06-2018 05:59:00

    India has done little to rebut the global accusation inherent in describing the border state as 'Indian-administered' Kashmir

  • Shifting classes, shifting culture

    15-06-2018 21:04:00

    One area that needs more study is how the entry of the hundreds of millions into low-income status has affected entertainment content

  • Does bureaucracy improve governance?

    08-06-2018 06:58:00

    Modern Indian bureaucracy completes 160 years soon yet it is unclear if it has served its purpose over the decades

  • Travel for travel's sake

    02-06-2018 00:31:00

    The accusation that writer V S Naipaul makes against Indians is that they are inward-looking. He means that we don't observe the outside world

  • What money can't buy for Congress

    25-05-2018 05:58:00

    Of course, the party misses not receiving enough campaign donations, but its lack of vision and leadership are the real handicaps

  • Symphony of cultures

    18-05-2018 20:55:00

    On YouTube, I have about 100 tracks that I have set as my favourites. Most of this is Hindustani music, the majority being songs by Kumar Gandharva

  • World leaders and their writings

    11-05-2018 06:00:00

    Narendra Modi is the most popular PM since Jawaharlal Nehru and yet we know so little about him