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Mamata kindles India’s hope

IT was a crucial make-or-break vote that P.V. Narasimha Rao faced when Mamata Banerjee was ushered in in a wheelchair and helped to her seat in the packed and tense…

An affront to Gandhi’s Ram

IT was a day to celebrate and cheer for the ruling party. It was a day to reflect and worry for India’s future. It was a day for the BJP…

Modi’s election playbook

In the evolving theatre of politics, narratives often take centre stage. When skillfully crafted and effectively delivered, they have the potential to have a profound impact on people, yielding results…

A defeat that carries hope

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is his own best fan. He believes, as do his supporters, that the BJP’s victory in four of the five assembly poll results last week carries in its…

Biden only complicates it for us

IN the end we have to fight our own battles, be it for democracy or justice or human rights, and with the singular resolve to win them. There isn’t another…

Characters in a Sartre play

THE search for petty advantages has been the bane of larger quests — as true of politics as of any other public sphere. The Nazis, as everyone knows, rose on…

The musk deer’s self-doubt

“Tera saain tujh mein, jyun pahupan mein baas/ Kasturi ka mirig kyun phir phir dhoondey ghaas.” (The musk deer foolishly searches for the fragrance from its own body in the…

Like the Cheshire cat’s grin

A JOURNALIST friend has written a whole new book to caution that a cultural revolution is underway in India led by Hindutva. Let’s reserve comment and ponder an alternative perspective…

Any cat that catches the mice

IN any democracy worth its salt, simple violation of rules of governance, leave alone outrageous ones like the Modi government has inflicted on the country, would have forced an abject…

Epic miscalculation

CALCULATIONS suggest that the savage second wave of Covid-19 behind India’s unfolding humanitarian disaster will peak in mid-May. No one has predicted that it will rapidly recede thereafter. One can…