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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So, was it worth it for Sharad Pawar and the NCP to raise the banner of revolt? Though the media breathlessly suggested the imminent break-up of the UPA, the crisis ended not with a resignation but with the tiniest of whimpers. Read more

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Now that we are so busy flogging ourselves over our failure to allow MF Husain to return to India, this might be a good time to examine the issues that led to Husain’s exile from our shores. Read more

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Though a lot is heard about freedom of speech in India, the reality is that, when it comes to books or movies, there is no real right to free speech on par with the US or the UK experience. Read more

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