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The Bollywood treatment?

If reports are to be believed, schools in some parts of India were advised not to play any song from the film Padmaavat on Republic Day. This is perhaps no more than a minor addition to the list of absurdities that surround the film, but it does invite a question- why on earth would any… Read more »

The Power of Melodrama?

Growing up, one remembers longing for our cinema to become more realistic, or at the very least a little less ridiculous. At one stage, virtually every film made was a lost-and-found potboiler that featured more or less the same dialogues. We have got our wish to a certain extent. The films of today try harder… Read more »

Liberalising Families?

As the new year begins, one searches for something positive to say, something that makes us feel better about ourselves. In these divided and angry times, this is not easy. But perhaps we overemphasise the things that divide us, and there do exist common strands of experience that we can take hope from. There is… Read more »

Mr Modi, the Incumbent?

The Gujarat results are being made sense of in different ways, but a dominant narrative has emerged. The Congress managed to put together alliances with leaders of local movements, Rahul Gandhi did a better job of leading the campaign than expected, the BJP was in real trouble till PM Modi, aided by some free gifts… Read more »

Year of the number

An abiding memory of 2017 is that of being actively pursued by Aadhaar by every service provider that one has been dealing with. It began with pleas to connect one’s account/credit card/mobile phone to one’s Aadhaar number, that turned into requests that became urgent reminders before morphing into demands, and moved quickly into warnings before… Read more »

The message from Gujarat? Both parties need to do better

A win is a win. Although, this is by all accounts, a modest victory. Given the fact that the BJP is at the peak of its dominance as an electoral force today, and that Gujarat is the centre of the BJP universe, winning by this margin is not something the party can be enthusiastic about…. Read more »