I don’t know if you have noticed but today, Friday 5 April, is the 14th day of Arvind Kejriwal’s indefinite fast. Kejriwal has lost 8.5 kilos and as a diabetic, his condition must give cause for concern. Read more

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Now that Sanjay Dutt has said that he does not want a pardon, let’s end this debate once and for all. If Sanjay is willing to pay his debt to society, having exhausted all his legal options, then we should not stand in his way. Read more

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Two aspects of yesterday’s bomb blasts in Hyderabad worry me. The first has to do with the identity of the bombers. Judging by past experience, it is probably fair to say that Indian investigators will not do a lot of detective work. In the case of previous attacks, various police forces have competed with each other to arrest the men they believe are responsible, without doing any investigation to actually determine guilt or responsibility. Read more

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Okay. Now that we have a little bit of distance from the events surrounding Afzal Guru’s hanging, what lessons have we learnt from the episode? Read more

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Sometimes it is hard to believe that the UPA government, which lurches from crisis to crisis these days, is the same government that won a triumphant victory after a successful first term. And yet, the principal players are much the same. The few portfolios may have been changed but it is the same men and women who took the UPA through its first term who are in charge today. Read more

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The Punjabis who came to Delhi after Partition tended to be entrepreneurial. Many went on to become millionaires, amassing large fortunes and forever changing the character of India’s capital. What made Inder Gujral different was that he chose to use his considerable talents not to make money but to make a name for himself. Read more

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Watching the tributes on TV and reading the newspaper comments, anybody who did not know much about Bal Thackeray could be forgiven for thinking that two different people had died. One was a Marathi-speaking avatar of Adolf Hitler. And the other was a Bombay-bred version of Mother Teresa. Read more

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Unlike many of those who have written about the subject or appeared on TV lately, I’m entirely in favour of literary controversies. I think that literary festivals should be about an exchange of ideas. And if that exchange gets stormy or controversial, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Read more

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I spent much of Wednesday watching the second US Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Till recently, the conventional wisdom had it that debates don’t really change anything. Read more

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Two things need to be said about this week’s Cabinet reshuffle. The first is that it was an exercise in spectacularly inept political timing. It is bizarre to shift the country’s home minister at a time when parts of Assam are still in flames and to replace him with a man who knows nothing about that situation and has never before held this portfolio. Read more

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