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Writings on the Bengal wall

Reading the realigning colours of political India.

Gen gana mana of youth

Aspiration screams out of every billboard in Bihar, and could well decide who gets to rule the state, come 8 November.

East to west, money defines politics in India’s double-income, no ideology city of ‘freedom fighters’

Delhi is driven by greed, ambition and arrogant, freebooting cynicism as no other city in the country. AAP has figured out the havenots, BJP its old, pushy made-gooders, and Congress none at all.

Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi, Modi in Mhara state

Let me begin this ride with an opening gambit that only a pukka native of my home state could get away with in our...

Before the Secular Dip, Hold Your Nose

Having made only four really short visits as a reporter to Varanasi, spread over almost four decades, I can't be so pretentious as to...

Huggies diapers in Vaishali, Muslim-Dalit IIT-Jee coalition

Bihar is the cradle of India's post-1975 politics. The JP movement that provoked the Emergency and started the process of the Congress party's decline,...

The rich and the ostrich

Absolute truths do not matter. Which is why, even in landslide election verdicts in India, voter swings are rarely in double digits.

Mere pass space hai

Space is the currency of Mumbai and in such short, finite supply, it occupies the minds of everyone — the rich, the poor, and the powerful.

Navi Calcutta

Wasseypur, immortalised in Anurag Kashyap's violent two-part epic, is now more or less subsumed by the expanding coal town of Dhanbad, and located in...

Stumbling on Sonianomics

Writings on the Wall is a metaphor that emerged from travels across India, particularly but not necessarily during election campaigns. Writings on the Wall,...

On Camera


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (left) and the visiting US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin | Ministry of Defence

NATO knocking on Indo-Pacific door. How India can make the best...

From India’s perspective, it is important that a more global avatar of NATO has been engaging with its arch rivals China and Pakistan.
A woman shops inside the Big Bazaar retail store in Mumbai | Reuters/Niharika Kulkarni

GST collection rises 12% to Rs 1.57 lakh crore in May

The government collected 1.41 trillion rupees as GST in May 2022 and a record 1.87 trillion rupees in April.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Manipur CM N. Biren Singh chairs a meeting with senior officials of the Manipur Police, CAPFs and the India Army to review the security situation in Manipur, in Imphal | ANI

Manipur unrest: Army defends itself against social media attacks, says its...

Statement follows social media posts giving out names of 21 officers belonging to one of two Manipur communities locked in violence — Kukis and Meiteis — and alleges favouritism.
Illustration : Soham Sen

Article 370 to G20, India is in a Kashmir sweet spot....

It is in the nature of the news cycle that the only aspect of the G20 event (Third Working Group on Tourism) in Srinagar...