INSIDE THE AAM AADMI PARTY’S (AAP) nondescript headquarters at 206, Rouse Avenue, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, the likes of Manisha Pande, a yoga therapist, have been dancing away for hours. She and her friends had been on their feet even when Arvind Kejriwal and his lieutenants made a grand appearance in the afternoon of … Continue reading How Arvind Kejriwal Evolved as a Politician to Lead AAP to Another Landslide in Delhi
A TAX-FREE SALARY IS THE BIGGEST attraction of working in several Gulf countries, which is why year after year, legions of Indians head to these small, hot, arid countries in search of jobs despite many having to leave families back home due to stringent visa rules. The latest Budget almost dashed the hope of uncut … Continue reading Calendar Crisis: Does the Number of Days an NRI Resides in India Matter?
BEFORE RECONFIRMING THE colour for the new app logo for their social commerce platform, Happyshappy.com, Nitin Sood asks select members of his team seated around a long table for feedback. Sana Hoda Sood, his wife and co-founder of the startup, too chips in with witty and insightful comments. The discussion heats up and finally Mathang … Continue reading Indian Couple’s New App Creates a Data Mine of Consumer Behaviour
In their continued efforts to win over tribal people and carve out a sanctuary for themselves in Kerala, Maoists have struck again this time, vandalizing a villa in the hill district of Wayanad, Kerala, set high on the Western Ghats. Forests in this region are connected to those in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu covering various … Continue reading Kerala: Maoists Warn Locals of Dire Consequences
On the night of January 5th, outside the North Gate of Delhi’s premier educational institute Jawaharlal Nehru University, I tried, while balancing on my toes among young people pushing and pulling each other, to upload photos and videos of the chaos unfolding in front of me with no success. I was suddenly proud of my … Continue reading Internet Freedom Is Expected to See a Dip This Year (But People Will Find Ways to Stay Connected)
A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon By Jairam Ramesh Viking (744 pages | Rs 999) IN THIS BIOGRAPHY of VK Krishna Menon, Jairam Ramesh rightly points out the irony that though Kerala considers Menon a demigod, he was against the idea of redrawing the state on a linguistic basis. Within … Continue reading VK Krishna Menon: The Man Behind the Mystique
STUDENTS OF THE late 1960s and 1970s had a lot to protest about, and they did. In the process, many of them acquired a halo. Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Tariq Ali were some of them. Some others did not become famous student leaders, but they, too, were seen as part of a generation that became synonymous … Continue reading Is Campus Activism Losing Its Sting?
WHAT STRIKES YOU first about this book is author Shuja Nawaz’s extensive global network and his access to people and documents—those that matter both in the US and Pakistan, countries he calls his two homelands. He started writing The Battle for Pakistan: The Bitter US Friendship and a Tough Neighbourhood (Vintage; 400 pages; Rs 799) in 2008 … Continue reading An Insider’s Perspective on Strained US-Pakistan ties and Challenges for India’s Hostile Neighbour
AT THE HEIGHT of the General Election campaign in March this year, crowds in the Tribal village of Baranti in Raghunathpur area of Purulia district, West Bengal, were upbeat because they no longer had to answer the call of nature behind sal trees or even far away where they risked being bitten by venomous snakes. … Continue reading Open Defecation: Quitting the Habit
An alumnus of the University of Cambridge, Dr Radha Kumar’s specialisations include ethnic conflicts, peace studies and conflict resolution. She had served as an interlocutor appointed by the Government for Jammu and Kashmir from 2010 to 2011, and has worked in various parts of the world to bring peace to troubled areas. The 66-year-old author, feminist and academic has … Continue reading ‘We Will See Redoubled Efforts at Infiltration, Recruitment and Weaponisation of Militants’