• Pawar games begin

    Pawar games begin

    Writing in these columns on October 11, virtually on the eve of the recent Assembly election, I had asked, “Will BJP sweep the stakes in Maharashtra?” The question was posited on the thesis that a four-and-a-half (the ‘half’ being Raj Thackeray’s MNS which has since ceased to be relevant) way split in votes would result in a full majority for any of the parties, more so the BJP, the main contender for power in Maharashtra

  • Cops need to tackle crime, not suppress it

    On Thursday, a tailor who wanted to confess to murdering his best friend was turned away from two police stations, both claiming that the crime didn’t occur in their jurisdiction

  • We, the Pakistani fans

    We, the Pakistani fans

    Cricket is very close to every Pakistani’s heart. When the country is going through a period of great upheaval, cricket has given us some kind of hope

  • Commuters must do their bit to mitigate risks

    On Tuesday, November 18, the Government Railway Police statistics revealed that 13 people died and 13 got injured while in the train, or trying to cross the tracks

  • With clean chits must come transparency

    With clean chits must come transparency

    Cricket may not be India’s national sport, but it’s surely the favourite sport and pastime among the masses

  • Street art must find permanent place in city

    The St+art India Foundation’s almost month-long street art festival, has taken off in Mumbai

  • Sarson ka saga

    Sarson ka saga

    It was a virtual pride of women who assembled on Wednesday morning for the US Consulate Mumbai and the Asia Society India Centre's power breakfast in honour of visiting North Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley

  • Modi at his speech-making best

    Modi at his speech-making best

    I must confess, I did not watch Australian Indians or Indians in Australia or Supreme Overseas Patriots or whatever the technical term is these days, dancing and entertaining each other and us as opening acts for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches in Australia

  • Make clean public toilets a priority

    Today, November 19, the world marks Toilet Day. That the world needs a Toilet Day may seem ludicrous to some, but it highlights the importance of hygiene and throws the spotlight on how so much of the world still has no access to this most basic of sanitation facilities

  • Malaysian MP speaks up on human slavery

    There is a taste, a smell to freedom. You and I enjoy it. Many don’t. An estimated 20 to 27 million people are believed to live in slavery around the world. And many of these cases are happening in Malaysia

  • Love on a Mumbai local

    Love on a Mumbai local

    Way back in 1939, V Shantaram had made a film called Aadmi (Manoos in Marathi) about a cop who falls in love with a prostitute and tries to rescue her from her ignominious life by marrying her

  • Give unclaimed bodies some dignity in death

    Unclaimed bodies have been piling up at the four state-run post-mortem centres in the city since January even though the rulebook states that the respective police stations have to dispose of the bodies within 15 days

  • The art of the master blaster

    The art of the master blaster

    Sachin Tendulkar fans have one more thing to look forward to: the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is planning a show in tribute to the master blaster in which ten leading artists have collaborated with him to create art works commending his legacy

  • BJP's majority in assembly raises many questions

    The vote of confidence won by the BJP government in the state assembly last week has come in for sharp criticism and is being looked upon suspiciously

  • Made in India

    Unless it’s glitzy brands or a swish venue, chances are that most of us tend to gloss over ads for handloom and handicrafts that appear in our dailies

  • Elections in Kashmir

    Elections in Kashmir

    In ten days, Kashmir will go to polls. Do you hear the silence? It’s the silence of the old commentariat... those international opinionists who would exude scorn at any kind of democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir because of their own biases

  • Parsi community needs to adopt inclusive approach

    Jiyo Parsi, a Government of India supported scheme to arrest the decline in population of the Parsi Zoroastrian community in India, launched its advertisement campaign a week ago, with a conference held at the Cama Oriental Institute

  • BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms

    BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms

    It has long been said that the economic reforms are irreversible. Moreover, the Left claims that both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are on the same page on this subject since they both pursue what the Communists call “neo-liberal” policies

  • That number game

    That number game

    What is a human being in the world except a body? Given to us with birth, its senses help us make sense of the world; once it is done with, we are no longer in the world

  • A craze for Angrez?

    A craze for Angrez?

    I’ve danced around the idea of making a movie for much of my adult life. Many impediments have held me back