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Reserving the right to change

Reservation is an albatross whose continuation under the current system risks creating deep fissures in our society, warns Vikram Johri. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com Since I deal with......

Why 2019 won't be like 2004 for the BJP

'Vajpayee was predictable in his ways.''Modi is a schemer, possessed of a shrewdness that can be rewarding in the chaotic world of politics.''His political journey gives reason to believe that 2019......

Why Rahul is no match for Modi... in Parliament

'It is this difference in their personalities -- one in eloquent command of the requirements of Parliamentary debate, the other unable to infuse spontaneity in his script -- that will be as much a......

Why Virushka need to be careful

'While they do -- and should -- speak up for causes close to their heart, the couple should be mindful of the nature of social media and how even the best intentions can quickly degenerate into......

Why is the Left unwilling to deal with history?

'The Left brands any criticism of Islam -- its history, its dogmas -- 'Islamophobic', conflating criticism of an ideology with criticism of a people,' notes Vikram Johri.Illustration: Uttam......

AI: The Coming Threat to Jobs

'Some experts believe that the only jobs that will escape automation are the ones that involve anticipating the client's need, something that AI cannot do -- not yet anyway,' says Vikram......

Uber's Kalanick was a boss from hell, but...

'The fact that Kalanick and others managed to build such great companies, in spite of their apparent foibles, should give us hope,' says Vikram Johri.Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com The......

Lessons Pepsi should learn from Tata Tea

IMAGE: The Pepsi ad, which has now been pulled, attracted deserved uproar with people variously dubbing it "tone-deaf", "racist" and "simplistic".  How India became a high-priority......

Why Chanda Kochhar's remarks on women raised hackles

There may be complex reasons for why girls do not opt for science, technology, engineering and math, but Chanda Kochhar is pointing to the non-essential nature of those subjects for at least one......

Will Bollywood's walls of nepotism crumble?

'In the new Bollywood, where success can translate, like a chain reaction, into gains in related fields, mere appearance on the screen is no longer a guarantor of fame,' says Vikram Johri. IMAGE:......

Why Sacred Games, Mirzapur disappoint

'Deeply flawed, Sacred Games and Mirzapur come nowhere close to representing the diversity of stories from this country,' says Vikram Johri. IMAGE: Shriya Pilgaonkar in Mirzapur. In their race to......

Be very afraid Khans! Ayushmann's here!

'Even when he moves beyond his traditional repertoire, he sticks to a template that does not take him too far from the viewer's gentler emotions,' notes Vikram Johri. IMAGE: Ayushmann Khurrana and......

Dhadak's message will reach farther than Sairat

'Khaitan's film will continue to invite comparisons with Manjule's, but the fact that it is out there for viewers to see is perhaps a greater tribute to the original than is conveyed by the......

What makes Sacred Games different

'That only a certain Mumbai story -- look at Salaam Bombay and Slumdog Millionaire for other examples -- gets made when an international audience is as much a target as the desi viewer, should......

Rathour replaces Bangar as India batting coach

Former opener Vikram Rathour will replace Sanjay Bangar as India's new batting coach while Bharath Arun and R Sridhar were expectedly retained as bowling and fielding coaches respectively.The......

Indian cricket's superstar culture will continue to thrive

'Indian cricket, it seems, pays overwhelming obeisance to a vapid, old adage: The more it changes, the more it remains the same,' says Dhruv Munjal. IMAGE: India Captain Virat Kohli, Cricket......

BCCI old guard wants pull-out, COA warns of consequences

IMAGE: Narayanaswami Srinivasan (right). Photograph: Rohan Karthik/Getty Images A section of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's old guard, especially from the Narayanaswami......

'Forget DRS controversy, the series should go on without any hiccups'

‘We firmly stand by our captain Virat Kohli and that's why the statement was issued supporting our captain’ ‘Sutherland had admitted that it was a mistake on part of Steve Smith......

Here's why there is deep-rooted resistance to Lodha reforms...

‘The state associations are playing the wait and watch game’ IMAGE: Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were removed as BCCI president and secretary for obstructing the implementation of the......

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