Should India offer Pakistani Hindus the chance to make a new life in our country? Read more

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In part of the Pakistani media, and in some sections of Pakistani society, the Indian view of Pakistan is routinely caricatured. Read more

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How can you tell when a government is in crisis? There are the obvious ways, I suppose. You can tell that a government is in trouble when it is on the verge of losing its majority. When its coalition appears to be cracking up. When its MPs begin to revolt. And so on. Read more

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Free speech has been much in the news recently: Salman Rushdie; the writers who read from The Satanic Verses in Jaipur; Jeremy Clarkson; and even Jay Leno. Though every case is different, the uproars that have resulted serve to reflect how much our society has lost sight of the underlying principle that must govern all our decisions on freedom of speech. Read more

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There is an unwritten rule of cinema and TV direction. It goes something like this: if you are making a period picture or TV series then you must settle on a tone. Read more

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I missed the first flood of Dev Anand obituaries because I was not sure I had anything to add. I knew him from the time I was a child and interacted with him frequently when I became a journalist. Read more

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If you look hard enough at the newspapers, you might be able to make some sense of the debate over FDI in retail. But if you are stuck with the mainstream news channels, then the issues may not seem much clearer. Read more

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On the self-evident grounds that you are probably as fed up as I am of hearing journalists hold forth on Anna Hazare and the middle-class awakening – and because this is supposed to be a media column – I thought I would take a break from the endless battle against corruption and the valiant efforts of Anna Hazare’s men and women to push their draft of the Lok Pal Bill through Parliament to focus on yet another middle-class awakening. Read more

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I hold no strong views on the respective merits of the competing lok pal bills. Perhaps Anna Hazare and gang are right and perhaps the government draft is useless. Read more

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