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The Congress: A sliver of hope?

The world turns on moments. Against the run of play, the mood turns. A few events happen to coincide and the time becomes ripe for a new narrative. For the last few weeks, the Congress seems to be energised by just this kind of possibility. But seductive as the idea is for the party, it… Read more »

The quiet charms of Khichdi

It now appears that there is no proposal to anoint Khichdi as the national dish of India, but regardless of whether khichdi deserves that title or not and glossing over the question of whether in a country like ours, any one dish can or should be classified as such, it certainly gives us an occasion… Read more »

Diwali & the limits of regulation?

There is a Diwali picture that one received on WhatsApp that showed the sky above the Golden Temple spectacularly lit up by an array of lanterns floating gracefully above the imposing structure. Soon, as with other WhatsApp forwards, one was told that the picture was fake. Someone had photoshopped the lanterns on to the Golden… Read more »

The sickness within?

The Allahabad High Court’s judgment on the Aarushi Talwar case makes for extraordinary reading. While it appears from the headlines that the Talwars have got a reprieve, the ‘benefit of doubt’ because of lack of enough compelling evidence, the judgment is categorical in its rejection of the prosecution’s case. It exposes the incompetence, the lapses… Read more »

The Insanity of Guns?

Irregardless.  Sometimes, one needs to go outside the confines of conventional dictionaries to express an idea with the appropriate shade of meaning, or in this case just the right weight of emphasis. The emphatic rejection of any possible change in viewpoint, position or action whatever the circumstances might be. The addition of the ‘ir’ prefix… Read more »

Distrusting the Young?

Does the Modi government have a fundamental problem with universities and the young people studying there? The recurring episodes of unrest at different University campuses seem to point in that direction. The specific causes that spark off the problem might be different in each case, but by now, a pattern is emerging in the way… Read more »