Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Sharp and latest opinion on politics, policy and current affairs.

Who should’ve been the weakest, but turned out to be most decisive Indian prime minister?

Think of a man who was prime minister for just seven months, three of which were as the head of a caretaker government.
South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech presents a creation by Chanel | ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

A black model closed Chanel’s autumn fashion show, but don’t celebrate yet

A black model is still considered an adventurous, and not a normal, choice by most top fashion houses. 
Representational Image | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Research check: does drinking coffee help you live longer?

While there is an association between coffee consumption and a lower risk of death, we still can’t say coffee was the only cause of it.
Cristina Alger’s new novel, The Banker’s Wife depicts a world of wealth | Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The most hyped thriller this summer traces a world of heady excess and rotting corruption

Cristina Alger's new financial thriller tracks a group of globe-trotting financial criminals and the women who take them to task.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Sacred Games | Netflix

With Sacred Games, Bollywood finds a new home for its politics in Netflix

Netflix finally allows Indian filmmakers the freedom to showcase their provocative politics without compromising on scale.
Saif Ali Khan in a still from Netflix's Sacred Games | Netflix

No, Sacred Games is not Narcos, but it’s a top-notch TV series in its own right

The Netflix series leaves you gasping, even if you have read the novel by Vikram Chandra.
Left and rightists have appealed to Narendra Modi personally to prevent the ‘Pakistanisation of India’. | PTI

Stringent J&K anti-defection law may thwart BJP’s plan to give state a Hindu CM

The law may ensure that the BJP can’t split PDP MLAs and form its own government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Sri Lanka

Cultural diversity can drive economies. Here are lessons from India and South Asia

India may be in disagreement with China over historical borders, but it still shares with it local languages and Buddhist religious minorities.
Automation-induced unemployment will lead to the final victory of capital over labor

Robots to make life grim for the working class

Economists warn that routine tasks like assembly-line manufacturing or traditional office work are increasingly automated.
A gathering of hindutva supporters | @BJP4India | Twitter

Shekhar Gupta omits role of Hindutva forces in Bombay violence while criticising Sanju

His hypocrisy has not just crept into the Indian political marketplace, but has been legitimised by policy makers and journalists.
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala opens tomorrow: Bracing for street attacks on women or is SC order unworkable?

The Sabarimala shrine in Kerala is set to open its gates Wednesday to women of all age groups for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling last month. Seve...
Ajit Doval

The new Doval Durbar reduces India’s layered security system to a top-down Caliphate

Ajit Doval is now India’s all-powerful security boss. But this concentration of power disrupts our layered security system.