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Weekly Column

The future as flow?

Technology has a way of making radical change feel matter-of-factly incremental. The arrival of the digital world has enhanced our capabilities in ways that are profound, but this dramatic change is consumed as if it were the most natural thing in the world. That one can listen to virtually any song in the world, for… Read more »

A mango state of mind?

The second most contentious subject in India, after politics, is mangoes. Every summer, respective camps start waging their campaigns, and as is the norm today, things quickly descend into name-calling. So, at the very outset, it is important to make it clear that this piece which is about mangoes, does not in any way express… Read more »

Obscured by media?

If one were to predict the outcome of the elections on the basis of reports in mainstream media, there would appear to be no contest. A few months ago, the picture seemed to be blurred, but the narrative seems to have changed in the last few weeks. Post-Pulwama, the triumphal din that populates our television… Read more »

TikTok: Leave them kids alone

TikTok has survived its legal challenge and continues to engage the rapt attention of millions of young Indians. This is a platform that needs to be understood, for its improbable influence, its potential cultural effect, as well for the kind of anxieties that it is clearly evoking. The idea of a platform that allows people… Read more »

Jet: Memories of Another Day

Brands come and go, and certainly airline brands have come and gone with predictable frequency, but the impending demise of Jet Airways feels like a loss. Its birth was significant, not just for the sector, but in helping reshape India’s self-image when it came to its ability to deliver a certain level of quality. For… Read more »

The religion card?

The BJP’s official Twitter handle recently tweeted a quote from Amit Shah’s speech which explicitly declared that if the party came back to power, it would implement the Citizenship bill for the entire country and would act against all infiltrators who were not Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist. This is about as clear a statement as… Read more »