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Crouching Tigers

Crouching Tigers

27 September, 2021 Ghee Bowman

Ghee Bowman brings to light the forgotten story of an Indian force’s role in the Battle of France and their fighting withdrawal through Dunkirk. In this excerpt, individual units arrive in northern France and take their positions, awaiting the Wehrmacht onslaught.

Mortar Beneath Fissures

Mortar Beneath Fissures

17 May, 2021 Pradeep Gupta

Polarisation—grimy, often tugging at base prejudices—is the political challenger’s final resort before elections, argues psephologist Pradeep Gupta in his new book. Excerpts:


Who Is The Mother Of Your Prakrit?

The story of Indian languages has been the story of miscegenation, of the ­mixing of language blood-groups

The Assertion Of Hindi

The Assertion Of Hindi

09 November, 2020 Shashi Tharoor

The threat of Hindi imposition, the failed three-language formula, a perceived, deeper design and a likely solution


Nearly His Own Man

A gripping, behind-the scenes account of political machination and high intrigue. The objective: power in Maharashtra

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09 March, 2020

Vavar, Mahishi, And The Trail Of Blood

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indic religions, including Hinduism, privileged the male over the female in their quest for liberation. Sabarimala, its layered history steeped in inclusion, typifies this.


16 September, 2019

Seths Underwrote The Company Raj

William Dalrymple

Not just by shrewd manipulation or by force of superior arms, the East India Company’s empire was erected by the expert harnessing of the strings of an oceanic Indian credit


05 August, 2019

That December Heat

Sheila Dikshit

The late Delhi CM on why she took the Nirbhaya blame on the chin


22 April, 2019

Jallianwala Massacre: Broken Toys At Baisakhi Fair

Mulk Raj Anand

In an extract from a novel, taken from an anthology published on this centenary year of the Jallianwala massacre, Mulk Raj Anand sketches the tense, rumour-filled, febrile atmosphere in Amritsar, and the epiphanic glow of a boy’s patriotism


18 March, 2019

'EVMs Are Tamper, Hack-Proof': Exclusive Extracts From 'THE VERDICT' By Prannoy Roy

Prannoy Roy and Dorab Sopariwala

Most of the criticism of EVMs appears to stem from a knee-jerk mistrust of technology. The authors have studied and analysed EVMs across India first-hand for years, ever since they were first introduced; and feel completely confident that they are tamper- and hack-proof, and cite their reasons for it.


18 March, 2019

21 Million Eligible Women Will Not Vote In 2019: Exclusive Excerpts From 'THE VERDICT' by Prannoy Roy

Prannoy Roy

The disenfranchisement of women voters is hopefully a result of mere inefficiency, not quite in the same league as the ‘dark arts’ of voter suppression around the world. However, it is a deeply worrying phenomenon of our electoral system.


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18 March, 2019

'The Verdict': Turnout Of Women Voters Will Be More Than Men In 2019 Polls

Prannoy Roy

India’s pioneering psephologists slice through the clutter with some revelations: women voter turnout will be higher than men in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.


18 March, 2019

In India, Women Are A Distinct And Independent Vote Bank: Exclusive Extract from 'THE VERDICT' by Prannoy Roy

Prannoy Roy

To emphasise how important the male vote is to the NDA: if no women, only men had voted in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the NDA would have won by an enormous landslide with 376 seats. However, if no men, only women had voted, the NDA would have won 265 seats—which would have been seven seats short of the majority mark.


17 December, 2018

Bastions Of Unreason | By Feroze Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi

Education, labour, healthcare, credit...A Rural Manifesto ponders over all these. In this extract, it focuses on the human and ecological costs of those vaunted ‘temples’—dams.


03 December, 2018

Shared Fires Of Their Yagnas

Devdutt Pattanaik

In their self-reflexivity and referential nature, Ramayana and Mahabharata lie in unique harmony. Which came first is matter of which version you hold up to the light.


27 August, 2018

‘Atalji Suggested We Be Ready For The Police’ | Excerpt from L.K. Advani's Book

L.K. Advani

L.K. Advani, then president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, was arrested and imprisoned during the Emergency for nineteen months. For a brief period, his fellow prisoner in Bangalore was Atal Behari Vajpayee.


13 August, 2018

Naveen Patnaik: Novice To Novelty

Ruben Banerjee

This excerpt from a political biography of Naveen Patnaik details Odisha’s discredited political class after the super cyclone, retelling how rapturous Odias accepted Biju Babu’s heir as a messiah.


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30 July, 2018

Braggadocio Is An Italian Word

Karan Thapar

Genial, humble and a democrat. Such is the picture of Atal Behari Vajpayee seen in Karan Thapar’s memoir.


Photo Gallery

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, interacts with the officers inside the under-construction Zojila Tunnel in Baltaal, northeast of in Srinagar.

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Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, waves to the media at the Z-Morh tunnel as he inspects the work of the 6.5-kilometer long tunnel in Sonamarg northeast of Srinagar. The tunnel will connect Srinagar to...

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Bus carrying journalists takes a tour of the under construction Z-Morh tunnel in Sonamarg, northeast of Srinagar.

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Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, center, accompanied with his wife in blue saree, looks at the under construction Zojila tunnel in Baltaal, northeast of Srinagar.

AP Photo/Dar Yasin

Bus carrying journalists takes a tour of the under construction Z-Morh tunnel in Sonamarg, northeast of Srinagar. The tunnel will connect Srinagar to Sonmarg in a stretch that otherwise remains closed during the winter...

AP Photo/Dar Yasin
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Caste Your Vote: Why A Caste Census Could Radically Change India’s Political Map

Opposition parties unite for implementation of a long-standing demand. Will the Modi Government bite the bullet?

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A Tulsi Plant, Unworn Sandals, A Mat, Brooms…Hathras Memories In A Post-Truth World

There is no need to contextualise Hathras. It is a standalone story. A warning, a trigger, a tragedy.

Chinki Sinha
A Tulsi Plant, Unworn Sandals, A Mat, Brooms…Hathras Memories In A Post-Truth World

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Congress Bowls A Caste Googly: A Dalit Sikh As Chief Minister Of Punjab Ahead Of State Polls

A Dalit Sikh CM from the neglected Puad region is a smart move, queering the pitch for the grand old party’s rivals.

Amandeep Sandhu
Congress Bowls A Caste Googly: A Dalit Sikh As Chief Minister Of Punjab Ahead Of State Polls