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The last institution standing?

For years now, the BJP has been clear about its intention to abrogate Article 370, and now, having got -re-elected with a thumping majority, it has. There are those that argue that what the BJP has done is the very definition of a democratic action- announce an intention to act in a certain way well… Read more »

Kashmir: What Now?

The abrogation of Article 370, whatever one’s position on the subject, is now a done deal. Barring an intervention from the Supreme Court, a decisive step has been taken and there is no going back. Given the volatile nature of the Kashmir issue and the sudden unilateral decision by the government, it is difficult to… Read more »

BJP: Congress in the making?

Is the BJP increasingly beginning to resemble the Congress party in an increasing number of areas? It may not have a dynasty, and unlike the Congress, might have a visceral distaste for the minorities, but in many structural ways, the resemblance between the two parties is growing. The BJP has over the course of its… Read more »

Surrounded by screens?

There was a small video snippet that had gone viral a few years ago. It showed an infant looking at a magazine and jabbing it with its finger trying to make something happen. Alas, newsprint is no touchscreen, but as a sign of the times, it is hard to come across a more apt summary… Read more »

DLS: Just one more variable?

One of the prime sources of the discussion during the India- New Zealand match was about the incomprehensible animal called the Duckworth Lewis Stern system, which could potentially have come into play had the game continued on the first day. Almost every scenario thrown up by this system seemed to be to India’s disadvantage, which… Read more »

Congress: The family trap?

On the face of it, Rahul Gandhi’s resignation letter hits the right notes. He accepts full responsibility for the party’s poor showing in the recent elections, and in contrast to the prevailing political norms, translates into making himself accountable, by stepping down from his position. He goes on to passionately reiterate his view about the… Read more »