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'My country is walking down a dark path'

'My country is walking down a dark path'

Rediff.com25 Feb 2021

'The only reason why these troubling developments are taking place is because of a certain arrogance of power displayed by this government that hopes to clamp down on those voices which have repeatedly pointed out that their bloated rhetoric and grandstanding are not matched by their insipid and tepid response in matters of governance.'

BJP builds on early gains in Telangana

BJP builds on early gains in Telangana

Rediff.com11 Jan 2021

The BJP has incorporated caste as a significant component of its politics.

'Modi engages mostly in personal theatre'

'Modi engages mostly in personal theatre'

Rediff.com27 Nov 2020

'... while leaving the dirty work he orders to his subordinates.'

Has Xi Jinping gone bonkers?

Has Xi Jinping gone bonkers?

Rediff.com6 Aug 2020

'It doesn't look as if any sensible, worldly wise, person is in charge in China.' 'If at all anybody is in charge, it can only be a bunch of bumpkins of whom Xi has become a puppet,' observes B S Raghavan, the veteran civil servant.

The Day of Reckoning has arrived for China

The Day of Reckoning has arrived for China

Rediff.com14 Jul 2020

'The fatal mistake for the USSR was the invasion of Afghanistan.' 'Quite possibly the fatal mistake for the Chinese empire is the assault on Ladakh,' observes Rajeev Srinivasan.

We need a new India, Modiji!

We need a new India, Modiji!

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

'The time has come to substitute the present Constitutional set-up with an alternative democratic framework,' argues B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant.

Why Modi Won

Why Modi Won

Rediff.com23 May 2019

'Modi's advent has made the mass of Indians realise that there was absolutely nothing wrong or objectionable in proclaiming nationalism as the masthead of the polity and Hinduism as its centerpiece,' says B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant.

Met Gala: Who wore it better, Priyanka or Deepika? VOTE!

Met Gala: Who wore it better, Priyanka or Deepika? VOTE!

Rediff.com7 May 2019

Priyanka outdid herself on the red carpet, while Deepika played it safe.

Trump to make first state visit to UK in June

Trump to make first state visit to UK in June

Rediff.com23 Apr 2019

A procession down the Mall to Buckingham Palace in a golden carriage and a banquet for 150 people hosted by the monarch are among the highlights of any state visit.

PIX: Drama-free Super Bowl halftime show

PIX: Drama-free Super Bowl halftime show

Rediff.com4 Feb 2019

Maroon 5 threw just about everything at the Super Bowl halftime show: a gospel choir, a drumline, pyrotechnics, a giant letter "M" and even SpongeBob.

Imran Khan, anyone?

Imran Khan, anyone?

Rediff.com25 Jul 2018

'The generals couldn't care less about political corruption, being complicit themselves.' 'Coup d'etats are out of fashion.' 'Their only desire is backroom control,' says Sunil Sethi.

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Rediff.com1 Mar 2018

What's driving their Indian journey?

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Rediff.com1 Mar 2018

What's driving their Indian journey?

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Books: Netflix's shuddh desi inspiration

Rediff.com28 Feb 2018

What's driving their Indian journey?

Get ready for Saif's Sacred Games!

Get ready for Saif's Sacred Games!

Rediff.com23 Feb 2018

Just what is Sacred Games all about? Let us tell you.

The ghost of colonial loot is coming back to haunt Britain

The ghost of colonial loot is coming back to haunt Britain

Rediff.com2 Dec 2017

'It is clear that Britain is a country with a limited future,' says Rajeev Srinivasan.

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

Rediff.com7 Sep 2017

'That is what Gauri was, in her essence -- the principle of free, open, forthright words, made flesh.' 'And that is what was gunned down -- her words, and with them our freedom to fashion our own opinions, to frame our own thoughts, to articulate them without fear of reprisal.'

Designing a flag for an upcoming revolution

Designing a flag for an upcoming revolution

Rediff.com28 Aug 2017

Ajit Balakrishnan envisions a flag to capture the spirit of the impending conflicts of the Information Age.

Don't the babus need a phoren summer break?

Don't the babus need a phoren summer break?

Rediff.com26 May 2017

Growing foreign travel is one sign of the radical change in rising India's vacation dynamic.

Trapped between two Indias

Trapped between two Indias

Rediff.com20 Apr 2017

The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as UP CM, the revival of the Ram Temple movement, the elevation of a ban on cow slaughter as a national priority, and the targeting of any social behaviour deemed contrary to a set of narrowly prescribed Indian values point to a social regression that contradicts the inclusive and forward-looking impulse that underlies Modi's vision of a modern India.

Even BJP needs to look beyond caste and religion

Even BJP needs to look beyond caste and religion

Rediff.com31 Mar 2017

The party's most important electoral challenge lies in whether it can meet the aspirations of the youth who were drawn by the promise of gainful work.

What heights she would have taken India!

What heights she would have taken India!

Rediff.com6 Dec 2016

'She dwarfs every known politician of recent times with her imperious aura, iron will, tremendous drive, dauntless pursuit of goals she set before herself, ability to capture the people's imagination and unshakeable grip over her party and government,' says B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant.

Why women are wary of reporting misconduct at workplace

Why women are wary of reporting misconduct at workplace

Rediff.com4 Aug 2016

In a world in which men still dominate the institutional landscape, gender-neutrality is as much their responsibility as women's.

What NOT to do for good work culture

What NOT to do for good work culture

Rediff.com24 Jun 2015

This is what absolutely kills office culture

Review: Lingaa is buffoonery at its most old-school

Review: Lingaa is buffoonery at its most old-school

Rediff.com12 Dec 2014

Lingaa can get tiresome, especially with the too-long fight scenes, but remains constantly watchable because of the miraculously light way in which Rajinikanth continues to wear his megastardom around him, says Raja Sen.

How to convert your internship into a full-time job

How to convert your internship into a full-time job

Rediff.com27 Aug 2014

Employers are always keen on hiring interns who are go-getters and able to survive tough deadlines.

The Telangana story

The Telangana story

Rediff.com2 Jun 2014

A brief history of Telangana

How India's economic crisis affects the common man

How India's economic crisis affects the common man

Rediff.com29 Aug 2013

This columnist cannot pretend to be an economic expert but can certainly point out that the statistics being reeled out on a daily basis now, have added to the economic burden of the people, says Seema Mustafa.

The battle for Telangana: A historical perspective

The battle for Telangana: A historical perspective

Rediff.com31 Jul 2013

It is important for every sort of development and governance in Telangana that the people identify completely with their governing structures. This identification confers legitimacy on a government -- not just elections and number of votes. That identification has been missing in Telangana for 700 years, says Dr Gautam Pingle in the first of a two-part series on the new state.

Our intellectuals are in a state of denial

Our intellectuals are in a state of denial

Rediff.com6 Nov 2012

After 800 odd years of Islamic and British rule, the Indian elite and intellectuals are copybook examples of the Fanon phenomenon: Living, breathing purveyors of a sordid ideology, says Jay Bhattacharjee

Will Xi Jinping bring reform to China?

Will Xi Jinping bring reform to China?

Rediff.com15 Mar 2011

Claude Arpi profiles Xi Jinping, the man destined to lead China soon.

Islamic leadership may not solve Egypt's woes

Islamic leadership may not solve Egypt's woes

Rediff.com12 Feb 2011

The dominant version of Islam that informed Egypt's revival seemed to be harsh, fun-less and punitive, and, at the same time, thoroughly incapable of providing a progressive alternative to Mubarak's regime, says Yoginder Sikand

View: Where Chidambaram scored and where he lacked

View: Where Chidambaram scored and where he lacked

Rediff.com27 Jun 2010

Home Minister P Chidambaram exhibited a refreshing firmness during his talks with Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Islamabad this week.

NSA must have few executive tasks: Chidambaram

NSA must have few executive tasks: Chidambaram

Rediff.com6 Feb 2010

The Home Minister's comments assume significance in the context of M K Narayanan moving out of his role as NSA to West Bengal as Governor after Chidambaram spoke of restructuring the Home Ministry and creation of a new security architecture.

Will Chidambaram be the internal security czar?

Will Chidambaram be the internal security czar?

Rediff.com24 Dec 2009

While a revamp our internal security architecture is needed, an all powerful home minister may not be such a good idea, writes strategic expert B Raman.

Bernanke is Time's Person of the Year

Bernanke is Time's Person of the Year

Rediff.com16 Dec 2009

The US Federal Reserve chairman Ben S Bernanke has been named as the 'Person of the Year 2009' by the leading American magazine Time.

How Ajmal Kasab took to radical Islam

How Ajmal Kasab took to radical Islam

Rediff.com5 Jan 2009

Ajmal's story is as much the story of hopeless poverty as of state failure as of recalcitrant regional hegemony as of misplaced concreteness.

Pay hike for govt staff: What about output?

Pay hike for govt staff: What about output?

Rediff.com18 Aug 2008

The impression is that few public functionaries paid out of taxpayers' money feel answerable to anyone, least of all to the public.

The 15 richest fictional characters

The 15 richest fictional characters

Rediff.com13 Dec 2007

The Forbes' annual ranking of fiction's very wealthiest.

Hair-raising stuff

Hair-raising stuff

Rediff.com7 Nov 2006

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