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Will Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu do a U-turn on prohibition?

State after state has imposed an alcohol ban, and has had to retreat, unable to address the financial and administrative fallout.Are we set for more of this cycle, asks Aditi Phadnis. IMAGE: In......

Return of the Rahul Congress

The Queen has retired, the bosses have left, long live the prince as king, says Shiv Visvanathan. Often, as Narendra Modi turns predictable and his economics sounds as if it appears from a common......

India, 2020: A cautionary tale

'If Modi arrived like a juggernaut, he left like a jigsaw puzzle whose pieces were being dismantled bit by bit. It was as if India had seceded quietly from him.' Shiv Viswanathan's social science......

Pravasi Special: 'Modi has enthused the Diaspora'

The Diaspora is no longer a mere remittance economy. It today claims dual loyalty and demands a say in Indian politics, says sociologist Shiv Visvanathan. As India gears up to honour its pravasis......

Modi is not Chacha Nehru, or Chacha Modi, but Modi

'His script, his body language is different, at the most he is a trained pracharak, a national politician building a base, an audience, a community of behaviours and followers from a younger......

Bollywood for all its genius has only one Salman Khan

'His is a naive genius which eludes the sophisticated. He is natural, lazy, effortless.' 'He is no match for other stars. His acting is poor, his dancing is worse. Yet Salman as Salman is miles......

Gulaab Gang is a thought-provoking, masala movie

Hindi cinema seems readier than society to focus on women. It is not just rape one is talking about, though an act of rape and its consequent injustice unfolds in most narratives. Suddenly women......

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Coming to India and making

Success in manufacturing is not just about being cheap - cheap labour, cheap land, cheap power...
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