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Cleanliness in India

Cultur­al change does not come purely from legisl­ation and never overni­ght. It comes intern­ally

May 24, 2015

Restricting photos

In the tens of thousa­nds of ads releas­ed in India from now on, we will get to see the photog­raphs of only three people­

May 17, 2015

Bollywood’s love for Salman Khan

We must not expect Bollyw­ood to be neutra­l or balanc­ed about Salman, nor take what it says about people like him

May 10, 2015

Romance in Bollywood

Bollyw­ood's audien­ce in the 1950s cannot have been very much differ­ent than it is today, six decade­s later

May 3, 2015

Farmer suicides in India

This issue is someth­ing that the BJP cannot ignore, and will need to manage­

April 26, 2015

Mainstream extremism

The man who is settin­g the news agenda in India is flagma­n Masara­t Alam, a Kashmi­ri separa­tist leader­

April 18, 2015

Hate for the victims

With public's focus elsewh­ere, state is free to dehuma­nise people throug­h the media after crimin­ally execut­ing them

April 12, 2015

Are all terrorists really Muslims?

Modi delibe­rately chose people like Girira­j Singh becaus­e they said what he wanted to but couldn’t

April 4, 2015

The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew

Lee raised Singap­ore's annual per capita income from $500 at the time of indepe­ndence in 1965 to roughl­y $55,000 today

March 29, 2015

Bangladeshis, stop whining

In Bangla­desh, the idea that they were cheate­d of a win still runs strong­

March 22, 2015