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From Modi to Yogi, is Hindutva on the wane? by Sujata Anandan

Barely a year ago, as the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, 2019 seemed like an open and shut case for the rest of the political firmament in India. Yet a day after  UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated a year in office amid much fanfare, he has had to suffer  […]

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C and R By Shabnam Minwala

Sophia and Tariq were part of a large, noisy family. There were plenty of cousins with foreign accents and grand aunts with loud cackles. They gathered in Mumbai every couple of years to attend weddings, eat mangoes and shop. And on one evening, all the cousins would make their excited way to their grandparents’ apartment […]

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Change that headline: How Nirav Modi had to make way for Narendra Modi by Shekhar Gupta

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner Look back on the headlines screaming out of your front pages and causing prime time shoutrage about a week ago. These were all about nephew-uncle duo Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and the money they had stolen from Punjab National […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Strand Bookstall closed down just a few days ago to much sadness and many tears. But it did have a long innings. Tekkate Narayan Shanbhag – to give his full name — started his store when he was only 23, soon after his graduation from St Xavier`s College. The bookstore owes its name to Strand […]

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India’s War On Science by Shashi Tharoor

For India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, religion is not a matter of personal belief, but a key feature of traditional identity politics and crucial to maintaining social order, ensuring discipline and conformity, and preventing radical change. Science and rationality threaten all of the party’s goals. NEW DELHI – India’s junior education minister, Satyapal Singh, recently […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Two of Mumbai`s biggest public events happen within one month of each other. There`s the Mumbai Marathon in January (described in the last Notebook) and there’s the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in February. Just concluded, the nine day festival was, by all accounts, a great success. When any event succeeds, the challenge for the organisers […]

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Vishwa vijayi tiranga pyaara, ‘evil’ no more?

This article was originally published in Lokmat Times.

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Five major trends Shashi Tharoor sees emerging in Indian politics in 2018

2018 may unfold a politics of performance over identity, of hope over fear in India Gazing into a crystal ball is never easy, especially since these days the image tends to get cloudy rather unexpectedly. After all, at this time last year, who would have been taken seriously if he predicted that the big political […]

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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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