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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    If you are a famous person – and many of you who read this column are really well-known – would you like a film done on your life? That`s…

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  • The Man and the Mahatma

    By Zareer Masani

    JAMES BOSWELL’S LEGENDARY biography of Samuel Johnson was based on first-hand experience of living, working and travelling with the great man for most of his life. Ramachandra Guha, denied…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    You may or may not know that the National Ease of Living Index was released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs last month. Now that you know,…

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  • The Modi government is the most faceless, nameless & talent-averse India has seen

    By Shekhar Gupta

    The Modi government has run out of intellectual capital and this explains its stall in key sectors and fading momentum.

    Let’s set it up with three questions. Is the Narendra…

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  • The Presidential Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    By Ashwani Kumar

    PM Narendra Modi in the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort | Source : @narendramodi
    There is an unconventional makeover of parliamentary democracy underway in India with PM-President Narendra…

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  • Section 377 Ruling: Pride Restored, Judiciary No More an Iron Cage

    By Shashi Tharoor

    Nearly seventy-one years after adopting one of the world’s most liberal constitutions, India can finally celebrate the expunging of a nasty colonial-era provision in its penal code, Section 377,…

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  • Captain Uncool

    By Anil Dharker

    Someone should calm Virat Kohli down and make him study the situation instead of screaming at it.

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  • Remembering My Guru Kofi Annan: A Man Of Rare Warmth, Wit and Wisdom

    By Shahi Tharoor

    Those who worked with him and those whose lives he touched knew the former United Nations Secretary-General possessed a rare ingredient not always found in successful men – he…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    The latest news about self-driving cars is that they are not coming to India any time soon. This is not because we have an unlimited supply of drivers for…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    I was a student in London when I read Naipaul`s An Area of Darkness. It was a mistake, because as anyone who has experienced it, being away from your country…

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  • 4 years of Modi rule convinced me that we need presidential system

    By Shashi Tharoor

    Never has the separation of powers between executive and legislative organs been more necessary than today.

    It has become increasingly clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi runs a parliamentary system in a…

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  • Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India

    By Shashi Tharoor

    Some four million people in Assam state, nearly all of them Bengali Muslims who have lived in India for more than four decades, are at risk of disenfranchisement after…

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  • A Screw Turns Back In Time

    By Zareer Masani

    A brilliantly-researched book says that free trade under colonialism served India’s economic interests wonderfully. Nehruvian socialism did not.

    What a delight to find a history of Indian capitalism pac­ked with…

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  • Modi govt’s proxy vote bill for NRIs will lead to misuse and fraud.

    By Shashi Tharoor

    The govt has succumbed to myopic political benefits in a bid to garner NRI votes by hastily passing a poorly drafted bill.

    On 9 August 2018, the Lok Sabha passed…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Next to where we live in the city`s South, Metro work (‘Mumbai is upgrading’) starts at 6 AM. That’s by their clock, which more often than not, has no relation to…

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  • VS Naipaul dies at 85: Reading the Nobel laureate is to see literature at its finest, and that’s all that should matter

    By Anil Dharker

    By the time I have sat down to write this, just a day after VS Naipaul’s death, every publication and every writer in the world seems to have paid…

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  • Trump Is Losing India

    By James Crabtree

    “I love Hindu” was how Donald Trump put it, speaking to a cheering audience of Indian Americans at an election rally in 2016. “We are going to be best…

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  • Churchill a War Criminal? Get Your History Right

    By Zareer Masani

    IT’S A SAD reflection of our times that smearing and libelling our now-distant colonial past have become a popular substitute for soul-searching about our own failures, abuses and atrocities…

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