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How to wreck a career with great praise

This is the recording of a meeting between a corporate boss and two of his lieutenants held to discuss the probable promotion of a manager to their level. The boss is very much in favour of upgrading the wunderkind but the two top executives are e

Congress has two choices: revive or act like an NGO

Even its bitterest critics would hardly have imagined the extent of the humiliation suffered by the Congress in the recent general elections, with the grand old party winning only 44 Lok Sabha seats, less than half of its previous worst tally. Thi

Was file related to Gandhi’s assassination among documents destroyed by MHA?

There have been reports in the media suggesting that a huge number of files in the ministry of home affairs have been destroyed, ostensibly in the interest of efficiency and space-management. According to the reports, these include the file contai

Why French football team leaves a part of me scared

Watching France play Nigeria in the World Cup round of 16 last night brought in memories of a different time and place. Shave off 16 calendar years and travel about 2,000 kilometres from south Delhi, where I live at present, and I will tel

The Tentacles of Injustice

An image from my visit to the Narmada Valley in 2007 was to haunt me for a long time to come. I was sitting in a boat when tribal children from up the hill were coming down to meet a group of us who had come to the valley. They displayed a discipl

When Noida cops bowled me over with their alacrity

An early morning call from the cops could make you a tad anxious. No? Worse, if it’s on a Sunday, when you’re hitting the snooze button of your mobile phone — a countless times. Moreover, if the past two weekends h

Tears from a hanging tree

I don’t know about you but I do not have the moral courage to click to ‘play’ to watch two minor girls swinging from a branch of a tree after being raped. But if Mr Modi’s government was to call me and ask me to shoot the t

Mr President, sorry couldn`t see your speech. Powerless, you see!

So the folks in Delhi are having a hard time figuring out not who is in power but what is power. And while most non-Lutyens’ Delhiites fume, even as they wipe off the sweat – a collection of it would give serious challenge to the water

I am either right or should die

Indians love the either/or formula. We swear by it; are ready to die for it. The extremes to which we are ready to travel to hold on to our belief is the interesting thing here. For instance, we either swear by the either/or theory

How Modi magic and people`s aspirations created a wave

Nothing is as humbling an experience as an intense election campaign when you try to convince and mobilise voters to a cause. Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in the country in terms of population, is as wide in geographical expanse as it is compl

Of uniform code ethicists and tameez of kameez

It has almost become a trend now to hear strange, sometimes bordering on the insane, advises on ‘how-to-escape-rape’ from intellectuals, sages, politicians and in this case, erstwhile feminists after the country has witnessed a horrifi

Goodbye, and thank you, Maya Angelou

“Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I`ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs?”   The lines by the poet-author-playwright-filmmaker-journalis

Degrees and democracy rarely cross path

Not even getting into the debate of “was Indira Gandhi qualified enough to be the Prime Minister of India” or “what qualifications does Sonia Gandhi have to be whatever”, the whole debate regarding Smriti Irani, current uni

Khaps have their own place in a democracy

Over the last few years, thanks to some of the popular movements, Indian citizens seem to have become more aware of their basic rights: gender issues, for example, are being discussed in this election like never before. For this reason campaigning

What next for Modi?

Like any other news-room, people in Delhi metro this morning were active enough to predict the results and margins. Many of them were a step ahead in predicting the trouble the new prime minister may face during his rule. While man

Calling RTI an external constraint for PSU banks unfair

What is problematic with this report? While I am not competent to comment on the banking and financial issues discussed in this report, I find the committee`s attitude towards the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) v

On men who man the poll booths

If the general election that got over on Monday (May 12) has to be described in a word, that word has to be ‘watershed’. After all, this, as statistics show, is the election that drew out the most number of people – 55.1 crore, o

Single directive struck down

The media has reported the latest judgment of the Supreme Court (Constitution bench of 5 judges) striking down a provision of the law that governs the functioning of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), regarding the procedure for inquiring

Chennai auto-wallahs` disillusionment with Jayalalithaa

An encounter with auto-rickshaw drivers in Chennai mostly leaves commuters drained and exasperated. They drive recklessly, for most of them traffic rules are meant to be broken, and they argue over fares, despite the fact that metres are installed

India in their mind

Book review: A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes: Sam Miller (Interview): Penguin India, 440 pages, Rs 599

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