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  • The Origins Of Indian Citizenship

    By Abhinav Chandrachud

    The recently enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, carves out a special pathway to citizenship for non-Muslim immigrants from some countries. This sort of discrimination against Muslims is popularly thought…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    There are 1324 black spots on Maharashtra roads, more than double the previous year`s. Actually that`s a huge underestimation: there are billions and billions of black spots in Mumbai…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    National Centre for Performing Arts seemed like a rather grand name for an auditorium and a half, for that’s what it was when it all began.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Royal Opera House, not so long ago abandoned and derelict, seemed ready for the demolition squad’s hammer blows. But the Opera House`s owners, the erstwhile Maharaja and Maharani of…

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  • Literature Live!360@ Campus Contest Winning Entries

    By Afia Ansari & Aishah Shekhani

    “Hi, Dad!”
    Afia Ansari & Aishah Shekhani

    I had a rosy childhood. My parents loved and pampered me. All their attention was mine. My mom was caring and always did my…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    They say it doesn’t rain but pours during Ganesh Chaturthi. That’s certainly so this year. The poor Met guys must get thoroughly soaked dipping their wet footrules into the…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    ‘Charishnu’ means ‘the desire to move’. Don’t ask me in what language because I have no clue. Perhaps Leela Samson, the Bharat Natyam dancer, coined it; perhaps it’s a…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Multi-crore cricket betting racket busted, two arrested’. That was the headline of a newspaper story half-way through the World Cup. The article talked about a police raid on a…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    Last month the great playwright Girish Karnad passed away. Later in June, Amitav Ghosh, one of our very best novelists, was given the Jnanpith Award. Apart from their eminence,…

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  • Girish Karnad

    By Anil Dharker

    Girish Karnad, without doubt, was one of the greatest literary figures of Indian literature. Uniquely, he also had a versatility which made him a true Renaissance man.

    A quick look…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Not surprisingly, our Literature Live! Evenings launched a spate of political books in quick succession during the period of elections. There was Yashwant Sinha’s ‘India Unmade: How the Modi…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    When protests against the Coastal Road project started, most people dismissed them saying, “Aha, the privileged folk with sea-side apartments are up in arms because they are affected!” It was reminiscent…

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  • India’s China Problem in Pakistan

    By Shashi Tharoor

    The deadly terrorist attack in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to…

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  • A Battle for India’s Soul

    By Shashi Tharoor

    Every Indian general election beats its predecessor’s record to become the largest in world history. This time, Indian voters must decide whether they want an inclusive country that embodies…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Do people need to die for Swachh Bharat even if it is the Prime Chowkidar`s pet project? That, at least, was the excuse being bandied about after the foot…

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  • [Video] Straddling Three Spheres : A Straight Talk

    By Stephen Daldry

    Stephen Daldry is not a writer. But he is a storyteller, often being inspired by literary works such as in The Hours or The Reader. He uses the actor…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    “Does a thousand-year-old sculpture worshipped in a thriving religion belong to a foreign museum or to the temple from which it was extracted?” That`s Shashi Tharoor in his Empire-bashing…

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  • Pakistan’s 50-year self-destruction in blood-feud with India & how Imran Khan can halt it

    By Shekhar Gupta

    There are two challenges when you talk about Pakistan today. First, whether you focus on the history, geography or politics. And second, whatever tack you choose, where do you…

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