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Looking for a book to make into a racy movie? Sandipan Deb’s The Last War is the answer
Movie Review
A host of lovable characters, perfectly imperfect, so real that you feel you have known them for years
Movie Review
Uniformly well acted and liberally peppered with humour, a nostalgic trip to a bygone era
10 Questions
The author on making his book debut at 81
Cover Story
Book Excerpt
Swami Vivekananda: Social reformer or caste votary? Religious inclusivist or Hindu supremacist?
Jyotirmaya Sharma | Extracts from Cosmic Love and Human Empathy: Swami Vivekananda's Restatement of Religion By Jyotirmaya Sharma
Interview
‘His Inclusiveness Is A Powerful Myth’
Vivekananda comes across as a Hindu supremacist, and not so much a social reformist
Satish Padmanabhan Interviews Jyotirmaya Sharma
National
Politics: MIM
The rhetoric of rough talk is but another weapon to advance MIM’s opportunism
Jump Cut Saba Naqvi
Raw, Rowdy Appeal
It is rare to see such a wanton display of minority communalism.
Saba Naqvi
Jharkhand Impasse
Why is Jharkhand fated to be thus?
Politics: Tamil Nadu
Karunanidhi makes it clear who he favours
Crime: Rapes in Villages
Rape is a reality across the nation and does not distinguish between 'Bharat' or 'India' as RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat would like to believe
Maharashtra Drought
It’s only January, but Marathwada’s fields are already bone-dry
Politics: Gen V.K. Singh
The ex-army chief is losing shine with his ‘cry wolf’ tactics
Politics: Gen V.K. Singh
No Aam Aadmi Man
Sadder still is the ex-chief’s attempt to besmirch the institution he led not so long ago.
Srinath Raghavan
opinion
Who bugged the internet? Why is the government so afraid that it’s resorting to stealth censorship?
International
United States: Politics
Past criticism revisits Chuck Hagel, the next US defence secretary
India-Pakistan Incident on LoC
The brutish assault by Pakistani soldiers can awaken an old and bitter enmity
Business
Business Itunes
Will biting into Apple leave a mark on India’s music downloading?
Business Bond Scam
Is his a cautionary tale or are there more turns in the plot?
Society
Mind your body
It’s the time of the year when everyone decides that fitness is ‘priority’...
Arts & Entertainment
Bollywood Misogyny
Our films are risque-prone, but even here enlightened fans are key
Books
Books
A post-colonial tale of a native’s return is alive with Vassanji’s sense of history, and nationalism’s complexities
Vijay Nambisan on The Magic of Saida By M.G. Vassanji
Books
Overall, this is a book that is original, insightful and quirky.
Swapan Dasgupta on Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India By Ananya Vajpeyi
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