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Weekly Column

An overdose of negativity?

When Mani Shankar Aiyar gives, he gives freely. First, he himself invoked the name of Aurangzeb in an attempt to defend the electoral process that the Congress is going through, thereby giving the BJP a juicy opening. Then he doubled down by describing Modi as ‘neech’, a word that lent itself to being interpreted as… Read more »

We are not like this only!

The demise of Channel V is much an occasion to reflect upon the India of today as it is to think back about the time when the channel was at its peak. It is interesting that its central quest- to find a contemporary vocabulary of Indianness in the wake of economic liberalisation and the embrace… Read more »

An Immunity to Criticism?

While the Padmavati issue rages on, it is instructive to observe how little by way of an official reaction by the government has been forthcoming. In the face of public threats made in the full glare of national media, by those protesting against the film as well leaders of its own party, the government has… Read more »

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 »