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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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  • The Inevitability Of Virtual Reality

    By James Crabtree

    VR is a new technology that already seems rather old-fashioned.

    We’ve had VR headsets for years, which never seem to take off. There have been a bunch of virtual worlds too. I read…

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  • You can take Rahul out of Pappu but not the Pappu out of Rahul

    By hekhar Gupta

    A Rahul Gandhi who hugs his inner Pappu is Narendra Modi’s clear challenger and target for 2019.

    This Friday’s debate on the Opposition’s no-confidence motion answers several questions. First, should…

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  • Bollywood’s Royals: Brave heroes on screen, spineless zeroes off it

    By Shekhar Gupta

    Hindi cinema is the richest, starriest business in our popular culture, way ahead of even cricket. Why is it also the most pusillanimous too, and also going with the…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    The Prime Minister of India boasts of his government`s achievements whenever and wherever he speaks. Following His Master`s Voice, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra does likewise. Here`s his latest…

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  • Beautiful Game?

    By Anil Dharker

    Who called it the ‘Beautiful Game’? There are many claimants but the one who made it synonymous with football was the legendary Pele with his autobiography, My Life and…

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