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  • A spy spoke about lies. Are we surprised?

    A spy spoke about lies. Are we surprised?

    Should a former Intelligence chief have written a book in which he revealed secrets that were, at best, open secrets but now have been verified as true? Mr AS Dulat was chief of the Research and Intelligence Wing (R&AW) from 1999 to 2000 and post retirement he was advisor to Prime Minister Vajpayee on Kashmir affairs

  • Very unsmart Indian cities

    Very unsmart Indian cities

    There is nothing smart about our cities. The Prime Minister and his team have a massive task ahead of them if they are going to make 100 smart cities in the time that they have set for themselves

  • To resign, or fire or wait it out is the question

    To resign, or fire or wait it out is the question

    Kyon istifa dia jaaye? Hum Congress party ko oblige karne kay liye sarkar chala rahein hain kya? (Why should they (Sushma Swaraj & Vasundhara Raje) resign? Are we running a government to oblige the Congress Party?) These were Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s words on Saturday, a week after the media unravelled the murky deeds and connections of Lalit Modi with Indian politicians

  • Smart Cities on garbage dumps

    Smart Cities on garbage dumps

    Can the term urban decay factually be used on Indian cities? Logically, for ‘decay’ to set in there should have been, at some point of time in recent history, a degree of glory

  • Modi in Bangladesh: Ties that flow smooth

    Modi in Bangladesh: Ties that flow smooth

    To borrow an urban phrase, Bangladesh is turning out to be our BFF (Best Friend Forever) along with Bhutan

  • Student activism is inevitable

    Student activism is inevitable

    Political activism in campuses cannot be completely or even effectively stopped in functional democracies

  • Happy birthday and hello reality

    Happy birthday and hello reality

    It is time to say Happy one-year birthday to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government this week

  • Kaju katli and sweet memories

    Kaju katli and sweet memories

    My husband does not like kaju-katli (kaju barfi to some) and yet I have stayed married to him

  • How many of you drink and drive?

    How many of you drink and drive?

    Everybody had an opinion about Salman Khan’s drink-driving-not-drink-driving case. But almost everybody is silent on whether he/she has ever driven under the influence of alcohol

  • Trust the process: the message in America

    Trust the process: the message in America

    Riots in the land of plenty. Somehow it doesn’t make sense. America is rich; it’s people not necessarily so. America is powerful, all it’s people, not really. Inequality and discrimination persist despite years and years of Affirmative Action.

  • No hesitation in saying shabash

    No hesitation in saying shabash

    “Please help bring my son’s body back.” My childhood memories are replete with phone calls that my father received with pleas from relatives and friends who lost family members in natural and man-made disasters in foreign lands

  • Keep mum

    Keep mum

    Minutes after the Congress Party’s much touted re-launch vehicle for Rahul Gandhi, columnist Ashok Malik tweeted, “My unsolicited, gratuitous advice to both the Congress party and Rahul is the same: Keep Mum.” Pun firmly intended

  • Evenings in Paris, deals in kitty: Modi in a hurry

    Evenings in Paris, deals in kitty: Modi in a hurry

    A leader on a three-nation, nine-day tour to Europe and Canada ought to have some time for rest and relaxation. Not so for the Indian Prime Minister

  • Amma and Alzheimer's

    Amma and Alzheimer's

    A picture, they say, can trigger a chain of thoughts. True that. It was a photograph of my grandmother reading the morning newspaper. She is 93 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

  • Lee-way may not be our way, but we could learn

    Lee-way may not be our way, but we could learn

    On Sunday, Singapore bid a final goodbye to its founder and much-admired leader Lee Kuan Yew

  • While Rahul slept

    While Rahul slept

    The genius columnist Art Buchwald won a Pulitzer Prize for a compilation of his articles in a book called While Reagan Slept

  • Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

    Indian Ocean currents, Modi turns tides

    Years of neglect and reinvigorating historical ties...PM Modi was on a mission the past week. The Indian Ocean rim is being seen as a region that has traditionally provided strategic economic and political opportunities but which have not been exploited to their full potential

  • Modi's moti-maala

    Modi's moti-maala

    By the end of this week, Prime Minister Modi would have visited Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Seychelles, notching up some more brownie points in the Love-Thy-Neighbour (including extended neighbourhood) trend

  • Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    “The world is predicting that it’s India’s chance to fly,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. Actually, the world has been saying this for years, just that Indians did not believe it

  • Mother Tongue Day

    Mother Tongue Day

    On February 21, the world celebrated International Mother Language Day. The UNESCO in 1999 marked the day in recognition of the demonstration where East Pakistani students sacrificed their lives for recognition of their native language, Bangla as one of two national languages