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The Presidential Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ashwani Kumar

The Presidential Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ashwani Kumar There is an unconventional makeover of parliamentary democracy underway in India with PM-President Narendra Modi. Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming more presidential? Three years into his five-year term is a good point to evaluate this transformation. Modi has arguably become India’s first Prime Minister-President, a […]

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Monologues of a Selfie by Ashwani Kumar

Monologues of a Selfie by Ashwani Kumar Hey, you love me. Does it matter? I don’t need anyone. I love me. I say it loudly. I love me. I am not someone. This is my body-made for myself. This is such a nice thing. I am no good, bad or evil. It’s not hard to […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage September 2017 by Anil Dharker As I sit down to write this in mid-August, news has just come in that Pahlaj Nihalani has had his scissors taken away. To say that Nihalani was the most controversial Chairperson of CBFC would be an understatement. Why he was chosen in the first place will remain […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook August 8, 2017 There are mentalists in many parts of the world. But for some reason, many of them are from Israel. This may have to do with the fact that the ‘father’ of mentalists, the man who started it all, is from that country. His name is Uri Geller, now 70, who […]

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Profound transformation and extraordinary stories: India’s incredible journey from independence to modern nation by Shashi Tharoor

Profound transformation and extraordinary stories: India’s incredible journey from independence to modern nation by Shashi Tharoor As India turns 70 today, politician and acclaimed author Shashi Tharoor writes about its past and its present. As Independent India turns 70, it is time to look back and to look forward at where the country found itself […]

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Article for The Independent by Anil Dharker

Article for The Independent August 15, 2017 Anil Dharker   Mine is a family of hoarders. Nothing worth any money sadly, but perhaps full of precious memories? Yet what memories can old bank statements (in their original envelopes), electricity bills and thank you notes possibly hold? But age lends even scraps with an aura so […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook July 26, 2017 by Anil Dharker Victorias may finally ride into the sunset. For outsiders that sentence will make no sense, but Mumbaikars will know what it means: that the familiar clip-clop of horses near the Gateway of India and at Nariman Point will no longer be heard. If you look at old […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage by Anil Dharker They don’t use the proverb ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ as a slogan for one obvious reason – the sun rarely shines at the Hay Festival. The sun could have made an exception for the festival’s 30th year, but it didn’t. No matter : the crowds came, rain or […]

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London Notebook by Anil Dharker

London Notebook by Anil Dharker Not by design but by pure chance, I happened to be in Londonduring two important events – the Brexit vote, and now the general elections. The results of both were unexpected and caused much dismay everywhere. Incidentally, this is just an observation : I take no credit for the disruption. This […]

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Oh Romeo, Romeo by Keki N. Daruwalla

Oh Romeo, Romeo by Keki N. Daruwalla What next for UP police? Keeping a headcount of legit butchers, and confiscating meat cleavers? I am told there is much excitement in Firenze, Milano and Roma over the pro-Juliet squads launched by our hardline ascetic newly-appointed chief minister. Instead of watching a Raphael Madonna or Botticelli’s “Birth […]

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A dearth of designers by Quasar Thakore Padamsee

A dearth of designers by Quasar Thakore Padamsee Since theatre activity was sporadic and also cash-strapped, designers find it virtually impossible to make a living off of it. There is no question that theatre in Bombay is thriving; particularly in the traditionally less prolific areas of Hindi & English non-commercial theatre. The emergence of numerous […]

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