A few years ago, I heard Imran Khan speak at the HT Leadership Summit. He was part of a panel that was discussing Kashmir and when it was time for questions, the cricketer-turned-politician turned his attention to the subject of terrorism. Read more

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The debate over Narendra Modi’s aborted address at Wharton seems new and top of the mind. But actually, it is almost as old as the principle of free speech itself. And it is a debate that has been played out year after year in university after university since time immemorial. Read more

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So much has been heard recently about attempts to stifle and curb freedom of expression that perhaps it is time to re-examine the first principles on which the right to free speech is predicated. Read more

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For Indians of my generation, the defining memory of Ravi Shankar remains the Bangladesh concert. You probably know the story. In 1971, when the Pakistani army let loose a reign of terror in what was then East Pakistan, the world grew agitated as stories of brutality began to emerge. And though India hosted 90 lakh refugees, Western governments refused to take action. Read more

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Two questions for this, the first of a new series of blogs. One: how much freedom should an editor give a columnist? And two: how much criticism of itself should a newspaper be prepared to publish. Read more

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