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Weekly Column

Corrupting Everybody?

It was a twist worthy of cinema. There is a genre of films in which everybody double-crosses everybody else, until finally there is only one winner left standing. As things stand today, in Maharashtra, that seems to be the BJP. After failing in its initial attempt to form the government, it appeared to have stayed… Read more »

A Smog of Indifference

What is staggering is the indifference. The capital city of the country and much of North India is covered in a poisonous shroud. Unlike global warming and issues to do with the environment which are often dismissed as the fantasised fears of a few, there is nothing abstract, conceptual or distant about the disastrous quality… Read more »

Ayodhya: Pragmatism Sanctified?

The Ayodhya judgment was much awaited and its potential fall-out much feared. While it is too early to assert anything definitive, the initial response to it has been quite muted. The reaction of the Sunni Waqf Board and leaders like Owaisi has been one of disappointment, but the tone has been carefully non-confrontational. The leaders… Read more »

Managing the Digital Disruption?

Some Democrats in the US are demanding that Twitter ban Donald Trump from the platform. His recent threat of civil war in case he is impeached and removed from office is cited as the latest reason for doing so. Whatever the merits or otherwise of this demand, what is interesting is how the world has… Read more »

The changing meaning of wealth?

What is perhaps the most abundant resource in human history comes to us in the sparsest possible form. I am referring to the Google search bar, that doorway to virtually all knowledge that exists in the world. An empty box, a doodle, and a few words. It reveals nothing about everything that lies behind it…. Read more »

The Hindi Gambit?

The North-India centric worldview of the BJP was on display again recently when controversy about the imposition of Hindi flared up again. Mr Amit Shah’s reported statement about the desirability of a single language that would help unify the country kicked up a storm. Mr Shah has put out a clarificatory statement denying any such… Read more »