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Trump's card for India

Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 | Gopalan Balachandran | in Agenda

There is no hurry to form a judgement on Trump right away. Both President Trump and PM Modi share some traits — not all are complimentary. That may be an advantage, but then again not National elections and change of Government is routine in most democracies and except for a temporary interest in the outcome, such elections are not subject matters of sustained global interests, except in case of a few major democracies, especially the US. American Presidential elections and the...

Tamil Nadu’s political quagmire

Sunday, 19 Feb 2017 | Kumar Chellappan | in Agenda

What will happen to the State politics after the weakening of the AIADMK? There is a positive consolidation of the DMK under the leadership of Stalin, which should be taken into consideration. One can only wait and watch, writes Kumar Chellappan It may not be out of place to write...

The many sides of Vajpayee

Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda

Treading the middle ground while remaining on the Right is not everyone’s cup of tea, but Atal Bihari Vajpayee did it with great panache. The key to understanding him is to realise that everything he did or said was guided by his resolve to serve the national interest, writes RAJESH...


Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

As Sultan, Dangal, and Raees have displayed the three Khans of the Hindi film industry with renewed vigour and a raw sense of masculinity, ANANYA BORGOHAIN tries to understand how their aura has transformed over the years At a recent media conclave, actor Ranbir Kapoor, whose films have fared abysmally in...

Five States, high stakes

Sunday, 29 Jan 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda

RAJESH SINGH breaks down the politics at play in five States that go to polls in February-March — Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur — and how the results will be critical in shaping the contours of power at various levels in India March 11 will be an important date...

Pakistan's love affair with humsafar

Sunday, 22 Jan 2017 | Amina Yaqin | in Agenda

In a country where women have been the subject of legislation to prove the state’s Islamic credentials, where tradition jostles with modernity, and the discourse of power prevails over social injustice, romantic melodrama has time and again proven to be a bestseller. It captures the imagination of the nation with...

Om Puri: Realer than reel

Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Agenda

The acting he learnt was science; the acting he did was art. No school, no teacher could have made him emote the way he did on screen. Here was a man who had breached the line between the real and act, writes RAJESH SINGH Truth can be devastating but even...

Old stories, older books the journey of used books

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | Anubhav Pradhan | in Agenda

The significant yet often elided distinction between the word and the page is what may explain the enduring charm of a used book. People buy used books and treat them as well as fresh ones simply because what matters more is the journey narrated by the words, not the journey...

The social fabric

Sunday, 01 Jan 2017 | Miniya Chatterji | in Agenda

Aside global trends such as androgyny trickling in, fashion on and off the ramp in India is a working class aesthetic. You are what you wear — fashion reflects identity, body, and social relations, all at once. And in India, fashion is as much an anthropological summation of one’s environment...

Matters of the Heart

Sunday, 25 Dec 2016 | RAJESH SINGH | in Agenda

If love and friendships are falling apart today more often than earlier, it’s because loyalty is easily shaken, commitment is frivolous, patience is short, love is an empty word, and persistence is a sign of emotional fragility, writes RAJESH SINGH The difference between a fatal heart attack and heartbreak is simple:...

Nation under the scanner

Sunday, 18 Dec 2016 | Ananya Borgohain | in Agenda

Heightened jingoism, terrorism, and crisis of demonetisation have weakened our social fabric. To stop the nation from reducing to a sordid existence, we need whistleblowers who blow the lid off authoritative misconduct, writes ANANYA BORGOHAIN It was one evening when Suddeutsch Zeitung (one of Germany’s top newspapers) journalist Bastian...


She (Mayawati) can enter into an understanding with the BJP anytime. Actually she is helping the BJP. One must be careful.

Uttar Pradesh CM | Akhilesh Yadav

Look at the vast range of roles portrayed by Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep or Halley Berry. Their works are my inspiration.

Bengali actor | Rituparna Sengupta

You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at what happened in Sweden. They took in large numbers (immigrants).

US President | Donald Trump
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