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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook January 16, 2018 Delhiwallas love Mumbai in winter. For one thing, our temperatures are quite balmy compared to the capital`s – a ‘Cold Wave’ here means 13 degrees. For another, Delhi`s smog is so bad that Mumbai`s pollution looks healthier, which is deceptive as you notice at a concert at the National Centre […]

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The new golden rule of Indian politics: Do unto them what they did unto you by Shashi Tharoor

Sixty eight per cent of the time of the previous Lok Sabha was lost to BJP-led disruptions. It is hardly surprising that UPA members have decided to emulate their predecessors. As Parliament’s delayed winter session gets under way, the threat of disruption is in the air. There is also belligerent talk of aggressive new measures […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker January 3, 2018 For the first column of January one should begin with best wishes for a happy new year. Unfortunately, 2018 has started on a sombre note. Just as 2017 was about to end, a fire broke out in a terrace restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, and 14 party-goers, […]

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The cat is finally out of the bag: Hindutva leaders’ utter disdain for the Indian Constitution by Shashi Tharoor

No one should be surprised at Union minister of state Anantkumar Hegde’s remark on Sunday that “the BJP had come to power to change the Constitution” and that it would “do so in the near future”. Hegde, a blunt-speaking politician who has a long record of preferring valour to discretion, has let the proverbial cat […]

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Memory, myth and memorial: on the Bhima-Koregaon battle by Shiv Visvanathan

The battle over Bhima-Koregaon is not just one of history, it is a battle for identity and equality The late Kannada writer U.R. Ananthamurthy once told me a story. His PhD guide and he were discussing an Ingmar Bergman film. Ananthamurthy said when the West needs to access the past, it seems to enter a […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook January 3, 2018   For the first column of January one should begin with best wishes for a happy new year. Unfortunately, 2018 has started on a sombre note. Just as 2017 was about to end, a fire broke out in a terrace restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, and 14 party-goers, most of […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage January 2018 An odd thought struck me when I went to Prithvi House in Juhu to bid farewell to the mortal remains of Shashi Kapoor: Here was the man universally regarded as Indian cinema`s handsomest star, but his sensibilities were so very different from Bollywood`s. In fact, in thought, and later in deed, […]

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Citizen Shambhulal Is the New Face of Hindutva by Shiv Visvanathan

The only way we can confront him is by rebuilding our democracy into one which protects the likes of Afrazul and Akhlaq. Shambhulal is the middle-class protagonist of Hindutva who destroys our secular dreams and our plural worlds. Credit: Bharath Joshi/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) On December 12, I read Syeda Hameed’s article in the Indian Express on Mohammed Afrazul and […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook December 18, 2017 How would I like to remember Shashi Kapoor? I was privileged to have him as a friend, and so saw him at many stages of his life. But as a friend, one can`t pick and choose – you see the best and the worst, and the moments in-between, but all […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker December 6, 2017   Almost a decade ago, a group of prominent citizens of Mumbai came to me and said, “Isn`t a literary festival in Mumbai a good idea?” Of course, I said, it`s something that must happen. I wasn`t prepared for the next question: “Will you set it up, […]

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Tata Litlive MyStory Contest 2017 – Jury Selection : Poetry

TATA LITLIVE MYSTORY CONTEST 2017 JURY SELECTION  – POETRY (3 winners picked by the litlive jury based purely on merit) (All winners are in alphabetical order by last name) Recipe For The Perfect Avakaiyya Pickle by Jajwalya Karajgikar If you want the perfect pickle That you will want to suckle Step 1 is to gather the enveloping […]

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