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The Moment and the Modi

In a political milieu reeking of opportunism and corruption, Modi is refreshingly (relatively of course) clean and incorruptible.

On The Verge

We often value life, moments, people only on the verge of losing them.

India Hopes Change to Visa Scheme Will Boost Tourism

Many people visiting India face long queues for a tourist visa from embassies or agencies.

The Pain When Children Fly the Nest

The parental emotion is as simple as a learning to count and as strange as discovering that the series of numbers, the counting, never ends

Celebrating Liars on Independence Day

Let's celebrate the liar Xavier Alvarez this Independence Day as one in a continuing line of outcasts -- anarchists, Communists, flag burners, racists, fringe religious and political fanatics -- to whom we owe an eternal debt of gratitude for keeping the embers of free speech alive.

India’s Gutless Media

That a deep pocketed media house like the India Today Group folded its tent without resistance in the face of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s legal threats, while an obscure activist with a checkered free speech history dared to resist, is a permanent blot on a storied media house, for which it owes its readers and the public an apology and an explanation.

Let Them Eat Cake

The extraordinary arrogance of Indian elites in dissing foreign aid for its poorest citizens and their chest thumping over India’s meteoric economic rise glosses over some glaringly painful realities.

Protecting Sonia From India

The Indian public is under threat from satirical images of Sonia Gandhi? Really?

Saving Capitalism from Capitalists

We may be headed for a fairly long economic downturn, Far from improving, Western economies could slide into a double dip recession. But even if the economies plod along, gyrating with every political hiccup in Washington, D.C. or Brussels, we could be sitting on a powder keg, which will explode, unless Western governments begin addressing the growing income gap.

Dinner at the Patels

I could feel them taking inventory of my outfit, my hair, and my non-designer shoes, and inevitably, as soon as whomever I was talking to chalked me up as being a “fresh-off-the-boat,” they simply turned to someone more important.

Sterilize the Rich

Local elites in many developing societies shared the Western sensibilities and often took draconian measures to limit population growth.

Lists for Fools

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” Steve Jobs to PepsiCo executive John Sculley to lure him to Apple.

Blast Another Blow to 'Clueless' Indian Government

"There is a governance deficit that affects every sphere and security is just part of that."

Speak and be Damned

In fact, our honourable MPs are so adept at dishonouring Parliament that we should all bring a privilege motion against them. They throw not just chairs and mikes as Puri observed, but also papers, shawls, anything handy.

2011 Feels Like 1980 Again

Casting a glance back at how India appeared to the outside world just a few months ago is rather like looking at grainy footage of yesteryear: a booming economy, IT whiz-kids making waves all over the globe, top ranking in international Test cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup in the bag, Bollywood on the roll.

A Carnival Called India

Wah India. Your myriad avatars, your million mutinies never cease to amaze. We try hard to hijack you. Some cry, "India is Indira". Others sing, "You are my Sonia". Still others chant, "Saffron Shining."

Gandhi's Revenge

For India to join the developed world it needs much more than eight-lane highways and spanking new airport terminals. It needs to drag its politics into the 21st century, along with the rest of the country.

The NRI Dilemma

The Never Return is a unique breed of people. Their uniqueness lies in the fact that they think they are the most fortunate people in this world. For them India is a third world country which is confined to those once-in-a-few-years visits for the sake of completing the formality of seeing their loved ones

Why Do India and Pakistan See America in Opposite Ways

"Give me a name, America, make of me a Buzz or Chip or Spike. Bathe me in amnesia and clothe me in your powerful unknowing."

Empires R Us

A steady stream of recent news and scholarly articles has been predicting the decline and fall of the American Empire.

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