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To Read or Not to Read

It is easy to blame the internet for the death of the printed word but reading – deep or shallow – is less a function of the medium and more of the aptitude of a person.

Race and Space

Ignorance, bolstered by stereotypes of external appearance, is a determinant in racism and is increasingly manifesting itself as hateful external aggression.

Honour and Ignore

Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Prize brings to mind the rather sorry experience of physicist Mohammad Abdus Salam, the first Pakistani to win a Nobel.

No Offence Taken

A complex entanglement of knowledge and prohibition characterises censorship and supposed offence-giving, as countless literary examples reveal.

A Vehicle of Escape

Discerning personal cultural subjectivity might well turn out to be therapy for literary-minded individuals.

A Second Coming

In the masterly hands of U Shrinivas, the mandolin, a musical instrument once alien to India, touched the core of jazz music – improvisation and camaraderie.

Walking in the City

The Indian sense of privacy is mediated through personal friendships and kin networks, in contrast to the exaggerated politeness of the West.

Takeaway, Giveaway or Stowaway?

The coverage by Indian television channels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the us smacked of frenzied veneration and falling victim to snake-charming guile.

Xi's XI

As its greatest neighbour and the next world leader in waiting, India needs to treat China with a nuanced approach that takes advantage of diplomatic openings.

The Xenophobia of Patriots

In sports, politics or public life, what separates ultra-hyper patriotism from sheer xenophobia is often a razor’s edge.

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