Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had said several months ago that if there were a Nobel prize for dirtiness (or lack of hygiene), Indians would be toppers every year. Read more

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As the nation awaits the Ayodhya verdict with jittery nerves (the UPA government has put out half page advertisements calling for peace; the Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled its executive meeting in anticipation of problems after the judgment), I cannot help but recall Bal Thackeray’s momentary large-heartedness over the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi issue. Read more

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I was living with one of my aunts in Bombay when the betting scam first broke round the country. Read more

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Sonia Gandhi’s first ever full-blown political rally was in Maharashtra – in the tribal district of Nandurbar. Sharad Pawar was astonished at the numbers the adivasis turned up in to hear Mrs Indira Gandhi’s daughter-in-law. Read more

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