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Two Dichotomies of the Indian Civilization

Undoubtedly, the greatest Indian of the 20th century (some may say since Buddha, to which I agree) was Mahatma Gandhi. This apostle of non-violence is still revered across the nation....

In History, Culture, Mar 25, 2019

Stability vs. Transformation: Caste, Congress, and Civil Services

There is an old adage that thou shalt not drink water from a stagnant body. It is ironical that the stability which helps a water body transform itself into an ecosystem, when sustain...

In History, Politics, Mar 14, 2019

Some Observations on the Recent India-Pak Confrontation

This article has been hurriedly and succinctly written to present some observations which came out of various conversations with friends over the last week, most notably with Nikhil. ...

In Politics, Mar 04, 2019

The Impending Death of Biography

It may well be that the subject of the last memorable biography you read lived between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth century. We know much more about the lives — public and privat...

In Biography, Feb 28, 2019

Indian General Election 2019: Towards a Hung Parliament?

This article was originally published here.

In Politics, Feb 21, 2019

Of Ignorance and Folly

One of my favorite novelists, John Steinbeck in his popular novella Of Mice and Men wrote that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry. This is something every graduate st...

In History, Biography, Jan 17, 2019

To Carry On or Pass the Baton

Shakespeare beautifully wrote, “There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in...

In Others, Nov 20, 2018

The Charm of Dev Anand

There is an old Latin saying, de mortuis nil nisi bonum, speak only good of the dead, while on the other hand there is Voltaire’s injunction that while we may flatter the living, the ...

In Cinema, Nov 10, 2018

Urdu and the BJP: A Fine Example of Classic Hypocrisy

कहाँ मयखाने का दरवाज़ा ‘ग़ालिब’ और कहाँ वाइज़पर इतना जानते हैं कल वो जाता था के हम निकले

In History, Politics, Culture, Sep 17, 2018