Pulling the strings the RSS way

By Hamid Ali Khan,

Three events in the recent past are enough to suggest that the process of saffronisation of democratic institutions has begun.

Some two months ago, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were chanted by BJP workers present in strength in the Raj Bhawan at Jaipur during the oath-taking ceremony as Rajasthan governor by Kalyan Singh, an ex-chief minister of UP and the ‘hero’ of the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.

Quarter century after the political upheaval riots, Bhagalpur weaves India’s destiny

By Soroor Ahmed,,

A quarter century has passed since the communal earthquake had rocked the silk-city of Bhagalpur in Bihar on October 24, 1989 yet we are still piecing together the rubbles of social, political and economic fabrics.

तो क्या हैदर टोकेनिज्म से सुलह की शिकार है?

By उमंग कुमार,

विशाल भारद्वाज की फिल्म ‘हैदर’ के मामले में दर्शकों की प्रधानता दो रायें उभर के आ रही हैं - एक यह कि हिंदी सिनेमा या फिर बॉलीवुड-जगत में हैदर जैसी बहादुरी का चित्रण सचमुच अद्वितीय है और दूसरा, जो प्रायः पहले का विपरीत मत है कि हैदर ने कश्मीर मसले में बस एक ऊपरी कोशिश मात्र की है. उसका प्रयास भले ही सराहनीय ज़रूर कहा जा सकता है लेकिन उसमें गहरायी नहीं है. आखिर तौर पर एक सुनहरा मौका गंवाया गया है. हैदर के दांत खाने के और व दिखाने के कुछ और हैं, यानी कि हैदर का हस्तक्षेप निमित्तमात्र है.

Making India competitive and prosperous

By Amit Kapoor & Kevin Stolarick,

“The Council (US Council on Competitiveness] champions the belief that to be competitive, and raise the standard of living Americans, we must enhance productivity.”

Memories of turbulent times, difficult loyalties: Tan Twan Eng's Malaysia in war novels

By Vikas Datta,

Among historical events that have left an enduring influence, the Second World War is certainly one that lives up to its name. Its European, African and American components are adequately depicted, but the Asian experience, while not entirely absent, is quite under-represented. And this is despite the early 20th century being quite a tumultuous era for the region - older conflicts (the China-Japan War) segueing into the World War, which in its wake, sparked a spate of decolonisation and freedom struggles, some of them violent. But there are promising voices appearing, such as Malaysian lawyer-turned-author Tan Twan Eng with his first two intricately-crafted, evocative novels of the war and its effects in his ethnically-diverse homeland.


Winds of change at Frankfurt Book Fair

By Shobit Arya,

"Will you believe me if I said that nothing has changed in the last ten years? It is still about storytelling; we still need to trust each other and look into each other's eyes. We, in publishing though, like to be scared of the future."


Why are we biased about nuclear power?

By Nihit Goyal,

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to triple the country's nuclear power capacity by 2023-24. No sooner had he done so than some quarters issued statements protesting against the proposed Jaitapur power plant in Maharashtra. This highlights the sharp responses that nuclear power generates, which are partly responsible for the slow growth of nuclear power in the country, even as India desperately needs energy.

Modi's success makes BJP a one-man party

By Amulya Ganguli,

Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its time to select its chief minister for Maharashtra, Narendra Modi is leaving his distinctive mark on political and other fields.

In politics, the prime minister has brushed aside the earlier by-poll setbacks by his successes in Maharashtra and Haryana. Although the BJP failed to get a majority in the western state, it made a few points which the party probably wanted to make for some time.

‘Haider’- miles away from reality

By Saquib Salim,

Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’ is the flavor of the season – you like it or not. I cannot take away any credit from him as a great narrator, who can adapt Shakespeare for the Indian scenario and can captivate the audience so well.

Gandhi’s people in Maoist land

By Aishik Chanda,

Kukurbhukka, Jashpur district (Chhattisgarh): They travel in a van donated by a Gondi Adivasi organization of Bastar. They spend the night with benevolent villagers and eat whatever is offered. The 12-member CGNet Swara team that travels through central India promoting citizen journalism through mobile radio is a diverse lot.