Towards Hate-istan

The Union defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, held an extraordinary press conference last Friday. It had nothing to do with her weighty portfolio but was a declaration of war, all right. The ostensible target was Rahul Gandhi but it was also a thinly veiled warning to India's minorities and secular liberals to brace for vicious attacks in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
Manini Chatterjee Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Timing is the key

A potion brewing over the return of Bru (Reang) refugees from Tripura to Mizoram may well eclipse the 'toil and trouble' of Macbeth's witches. The Union home ministry has signed an agreement with the governments of Mizoram and Tripura and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People's Forum to repatriate over 5,000 Bru families sheltered in relief camps in Tripura to Mizoram by September 30.
Sudipta Bhattacharjee Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Sudden light

Sudden discoveries have a charm all their own. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre seems to have suddenly discovered, charmingly, that the Supreme Court has wisdom. The stiff-necked tussle with the court in recent times over approval of names for appointment, for example, apparently has nothing to do with the Centre's recognition of the Supreme Court's wisdom.
Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

On the Rocks

Sobriety seems to be returning to Bihar. The monumental failure of the draconian prohibition that was clamped down in the state in 2016 seems to have brought the government out of its stupor. It has now decided to water down some of the rather extreme clauses of the legislation. 
Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Swim or sink; Strange decision; Justice prevails; Rare gold

Swim or sink

• Sir - This year, the monsoons in Mumbai have again brought to the fore th... | Read»

Strange decision

• Sir - The decision of the Union government to confer the "Institute of Em... | Read»

Justice prevails

• Sir - The Supreme Court upheld death sentences for three men convicted in... | Read»

Rare gold

• Sir - Dipa Karmakar scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast... | Read»

Jul 16, 2018 00:00 IST

Imminent eminence

Many prizes, such as the Nobel, can't be conferred posthumously, not even on the very recently dead. However, India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, has often been awarded to dead people to recognize distinction that might have been unjustly overlooked in the past.
Mukul Kesavan Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Importance of noise

Journalists are not the flavour of the season. They have not been so for a while in India. One computation finds 12 journalists murdered in 2017 alone, and 2018 has not been much better. In an environment in which speaking up is punished in anybody, it is no surprise that journalists who speak up are not popular. The ideal of independent journalism is not welcome. 
Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Right step; History retold; Stunned star

Right step

• Sir - The Trinamul Congress councillor, Sadhana Bose, has set a heartenin... | Read»

History retold

• Sir - The biopic, Sanju, based on the life of the actor Sanjay Dutt, is a... | Read»

Stunned star

• Sir - Roger Federer's sublime run at the Wimbledon this year was brought ... | Read»

Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Layak Nahin Naalayak Hoon main

This too. That too. Ivy too. Poison too. League too. Beleaguered too. Neck too. Tie too. Garland too. Noose too. Murder too. Mubarak too. Eulogy too. Apology too. Layak too. Naalayak too. Poot too. Kapoot too. Baap naalayak. Beta layak. Baap layak. Beta naalayak. All in the family. SangParivar - hum saath saath hain. There is khoon. And there is ApnaKhoon. Rishtey mein to hum tumhaarey Baap lagtey hain, naam hai ( Baap re, unka naam naa lo, Bhagwan ke waaste) Shah. OmAdyaNetwork. Rings any bell, anyone? That famous network? Check it out. Check out its funds. Check out who it funded. Check out who brought those funds. OmAdya. Layak beta. Networked. Perhaps we are getting the spellings a bit mixed up here. OmAdya? Perhaps there is a different way to spell it right. But what's to be done? Happens. We mix up spellings. We mix up much more than that. We mix up sophistication with sophistry. We mix up Ivy and Poison. We mix up garlands with nooses. We mix up Layak with Naalayak. We mixed up hope with hype all those years ago, don't you remember, bhaaiyon aur behnon? AchheDin!!!! AchheDinn!!!! AchheDinnn!!!! We got mixed up. It was all KachchheDin! You can at least afford kachchhe, can't you? You get the drift, mitron, don't you? That's half the job done. Next term. Give him a next term, and you'll know. Can't you be naked for your country? Are you an anti-national? Are you really going to complain you have been stripped naked? That you have no more than a kachchha? No. Can you not see your Emperor? In his new clothes? He's rendered himself naked too, so you can see all of those famed inches called Chhappan, no less. Behold. Flinch. Lynch. Pay your respects. Shame on you that you complain about being stripped naked. Now you know. Yes, now you know. Relax, listen to a bit of MannKiBaat, calm down. But you'd agree we do mix things up. We should not be surprised, it's so unkind on ourselves.
LAZY EYESankarshan Thakur Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Out on a noir night, a baby

We arrive in Canning, the nearest railhead to the Sundarbans, by road after 9pm. Us two, not a couple, both on work. Her baby, the baby's caretaker - a dude with a mohawk and blonde highlights - and the driver.
Prasun Chaudhuri Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST

Marriage of convenience; The appendix; Caught in the act

Marriage of convenienceThe appendixCaught in the act
IRONIESUpala Sen Jul 15, 2018 00:00 IST


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