• Hindutva upsurge will tar Modi's image

    Hindutva upsurge will tar Modi's image

    The first phase of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) politics was marked by the targeting of mosques and churches

  • Getting it Rite

    Getting it Rite

    The Marathi play Mahanirvan turns 40 and it is time to revisit the cultural connections evoked by it. Based on the offbeat subject of funeral rites, it has found takers in seven Indian languages

  • Free speech and social media

    Free speech and social media

    Remember those two teenage girls who were arrested for criticising the bandh after Bal Thackeray’s death on Facebook? Or the cartoonist who got arrested for lampooning Parliament?

  • Govt must now ensure that suicide rates fall

    Till date, an attempt to commit suicide is considered an offence, which finds place under Chapter XVI of the Indian Penal Code relating to the offences affecting the human body

  • Chinese shift poses new challenges to India

    Chinese shift poses new challenges to India

    China is changing the ways it deals with the world. This could be both good news and bad. At one level this is happening because of an accumulation of events that have taken place over the last five years

  • Live the museum

    By the time you read this, news that a New York firm has bagged the open competition to design the new building wing at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad City Museum would have created a flutter among certain circles in Mumbai

  • The birthday party

    I turned a year older this week. And wiser, wilder, bewildered? 

  • Mind-boggling imagination

    Mind-boggling imagination

    I recently saw the Japanese animation feature Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away

  • Granny and tonic

    Granny and tonic

    In films, senior citizens started being marginalised a while ago (unless Amitabh Bachchan picked a film to do), and older women have almost vanished

  • Solution to civic tax system continues to elude parties

    When successive governments fail to resolve vexed issues, it raises questions over the efficiency of democratically elected governments

  • Oven logic

    Looking back, it’s no rocket science to state that the year has been a heady rollercoaster ride for restaurants, cafes and nightspots. Going by the number of openings and shutting-downs, many of which we’ve lost count of, to stay alive must be the mantra on every restaurateur’s wish list for 2015

  • Modi rule, six months on

    Modi rule, six months on

    Looked at from one angle, the six months of Narendra Modi’s tenure may be a cause of disappointment for some. 

  • The rich, full life

    The rich, full life

    In her new monthly column, Meher Marfatia explores Mumbai's journey down the decades

  • Starving the creative pirates

    Starving the creative pirates

    Should children be taught about intellectual property in schools? Would that make them realise why watching a pirated film or listening to illegal music downloads is like stealing money from someone’s purse? That is the debate the UK will be having soon

  • Mumbai Police needs to stop bullying the people

    The answer to “why police high-handedness?” is usually found in the the force’s sense of exceptionalism and entitlement — that because of the uniform, they can get away with anything.

  • India must adjust to the rise of China

    India must adjust to the rise of China

    The decision to invite US President Barack Obama to be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day marks out in the clearest terms Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strategic outlook

  • BJP, Sena may realign due to desperation

    It is not mere coincidence that soon after NCP chief Sharad Pawar said supporting the BJP government was not an onerous job for his party, the Shiv Sena decided to effect some changes in its panel of spokespersons and relieved MP Sanjay Raut from the job

  • All things heritage

    Disappointing but not entirely unexpected. In a day and age when our country’s, and city’s heritage is under increasing pressure from all quarters, one was hoping that World Heritage Week that is being observed until tomorrow, November 25 would have generated some amount of buzz and awareness from the centre, state and other bodies that have a connect with our heritage, in some form tangible or otherwise. With just a day to go, this as we are discovering isn’t to be

  • Justice -- A luxury for the rich

    It is very heartening that Indian cinema is nurturing a bright, young generation of talents, who are making socially conscious movies

  • 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