It is now commonplace to hear that the troubles that crippled this government last year were the consequence of a peculiarly Indian phenomenon: the economic rise of a politically impotent middle class. Read more

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I know that parliamentarians were agitated and incensed last week by civil aviation minister Ajit Singh’s claim that India did not need a national carrier. Read more

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Should super-heroes work alone or should they be part of a team? I ask because the biggest movie of the last few months has been Marvel’s big-budget Avengers blockbuster. Despite early skepticism, Marvel has managed to make the team-up of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, the Hulk and the Black Widow work. Read more

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From the time I was in my teens, I have always had a special affection for the north-east of India. In my case, my motives were entirely personal. I went out for several years with a girl from one of the north-eastern states. Read more

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