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Mani Shankar Aiyar

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Articles by Mani Shankar Aiyar

Eastern Disturbances

Eastern Disturbances

Sep 08, 2021

A former foreign service officer recounts the circumstances around Sikkim’s merger with India, as seen by him in close quarters

Cut A Dash Like Bond

Cut A Dash Like Bond

Nov 25, 2020

A brilliant memoir of an eventful career in the foreign service, set off by the thrilling pursuit, across continents, of the con man Dharma Teja

Our Talking Heads

Our Talking Heads

Jul 09, 2020

A revelatory account shows how, in the years after Independence, India and Pakistan tried to thrash out all outstanding issues—from minorities and refugees, Indus waters and a possible guard against conflict

Go Tell It In A Bazaar

Go Tell It In A Bazaar

Jan 16, 2019

Panda’s transient, on-the-spur columns might embarrass in hindsight but he richly earns his encomiums for his profound essays on a gamut of topics

Boston Diary

Boston Diary

Jul 25, 2018

This week, we bring to you a diary from Boston written by Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Boatmen Wait On The Banks Of The Indus

Boatmen Wait On The Banks Of The Indus

Sep 07, 2017

Gracious in person, Abdul Sattar’s bilious pen spills an anti-India screed—a lesson in ‘national identity’. Yet it shows how a path of reconciliation can be cut through the shrillness.

One Of Terpsichore’s Own

One Of Terpsichore’s Own

May 18, 2017

Sonal Mansingh’s metier enveloped her soul. At the forefront of a renaissance in performing arts post 1947, this is a celebration of a life danced to the full.

A Passion Rose Crushed Under A Victoria

A Passion Rose Crushed Under A Victoria

Mar 02, 2017

Jinnah’s fateful marriage to the vivacious Ruttie, tangled with the turmoil of nationalist politics—is a story of gripping pathos. It is told brilliantly here.

If The Architect Came By In 2016

If The Architect Came By In 2016

Oct 25, 2016

What would Nehru see if he were to revisit India today? He’d be happy to see his basic blueprint in action. (So what if the details mess it up.)

The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah

Jun 10, 1996

Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle

Feb 24, 1997

Some Bitter Blanks

Some Bitter Blanks

Mar 10, 2001

A welcome tribute by an acolyte to his hero

My Old School

My Old School

Apr 08, 2006

The Beast He
Didn't Know

The Beast He Didn't Know

May 06, 2006

Rao's concern for religious susceptibilities in matters of the state proved to be his Ayodhya undoing

Whodunit? Not Nehru

Whodunit? Not Nehru

Aug 29, 2009

Jaswant Singh’s noble attempt to plumb the murky depths of nationalist politics is marred by glaring errors of omission brought upon, ironically, by a Hindutva leaning

Does It Play In Deoria?

Does It Play In Deoria?

Sep 26, 2009

Humour works in a context. Muff that up—and the joke’s on you

Spiritual Quickie Anyone? Will’s The Man

Spiritual Quickie Anyone? Will’s The Man

Nov 21, 2009

The man’s a travel writer of huge talent and his book will serve spiritual tourism well

The Supple Spine

The Supple Spine

Feb 20, 2010

A warped hash that fans the embers of old imperial verities, this is the story of India fit for a philistine

Mea Culpa And Other Stories

Mea Culpa And Other Stories

Jul 03, 2010

Fali Nariman lets memory strike its own patchwork path, and presents his final case on the Bhopal tragedy

Abbottabad Diary

Abbottabad Diary

Jul 24, 2010

Bidding me farewell, my wife is concerned that “They” might start asking why I am visiting Pakistan so often. It is my fourth trip in four months...

A Pratfall, Mr Kalmadi?

A Pratfall, Mr Kalmadi?

Sep 25, 2010

A brick by brittle brick expose on the quagmire of the CWG, and the stupefying audacity of its guiding spirits

Bangladesh Diary

Bangladesh Diary

Oct 02, 2010

“Mujhe do Punjabi chahiye,” he said. To which the shopkeeper retorted, “Kyon, ek Sindhi nahi chalegi kya?”

Lust As Crust

Lust As Crust

Sep 09, 2011

A mere 219 pages? If the man's a sex maniac and can think of nothing else, why has he written so little on sex?

Pakistaniyat: A Patriot’s View

Pakistaniyat: A Patriot’s View

Nov 18, 2011

Jabbar takes up the Two-Nation Theory, traces Pakistan’s misery to the loss of pluralist Islam, has reasons for hope

Islamabad Diary

Islamabad Diary

Feb 10, 2012

Hafiz Saeed? I find myself caught between my party and the press. Stuck between a rock and a hard place!

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