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The Thin Edge
Opinion  /  Published 25.05.20

Moment of rupture

There is a scene in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai where a foolish novice challenges the master swordsman, Kyuzo, to a duel. The novice raises his sword, lets out a yell, and charges at the older ma...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 23.12.19

End of the beginning

Anyone who is surprised by the BJP-RSS regime’s legislative and other manoeuvres since its re-election in May hasn’t been paying attention. Those who are shocked by the Modi-Shah duo’s crude and...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 09.12.19

Over time, a different melody

As a child, I would be forced to listen to All India Radio when my father tuned in to the broadcasts of khayal in the morning. With the acquisition of a radiogram and its record player came the compet...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 11.11.19

A verdict on the republic

There are many ways in which you can define the people who think differently from you. There are extreme ways in which you can think of the ones who are diametrically opposed to your way of thinking. ...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 29.10.19

Why India is not like Nazi Germany

Travelling abroad, I recently visited a museum in the capital of the country I was visiting. The museum was dedicated to examining a horrific period of the country’s history which ended tragically f...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 09.09.19

How to keep the past alive

Musée du quai Branly Jacques Chirac, often referred to as just ‘Quai Branly’ or ‘Branly’, is almost right next to the Eiffel Tower. Approaching it as an Indian and a Calcuttan, you find yours...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 26.08.19

Racism: Communalism's echoes in Europe

If you have a notion that the official relationship between India and France is centred around mutual admiration for each others’ cultures, or perhaps the shared idea of democracy and freedom, mull ...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 13.08.19

The Kashmir challenge: Finding a non-violent way ahead

Anyone who is shocked or deeply surprised by the actions of the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah team on Kashmir either hasn’t been paying attention or is mimicking ostriches who put their heads in the sand....
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 23.07.19

The flawed genius of Diego Maradona

When I first came across Diego Maradona in a packed pub in Central London on a hot June day in 1986, I ran away. That day, I was walking around the city with two desi women friends, neither of whom ha...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 25.06.19

The warmth of unplanned meetings with friends

Something very odd happened the other day. I was just about to put on the afternoon coffee when a friend dropped in. We were happy to see each other; I asked if he wanted some coffee, he said yes, and...
By Ruchir Joshi in


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