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Girish Karnad, the artiste as a brave intellectual

Mumbai, June 13 -- The pre-monsoon clouds lined Mumbai's skies with a gloomy grey this Monday. When news trickled in of Girish Karnad's demise, the grey deepened. His funeral, reports said, was in an ... Read More


Whom does the Mumbai Congress represent?

Mumbai, May 30 -- The Congress-Nationalist Congress Party lost all six Lok Sabha seats in Mumbai to the BJP-Shiv Sena in this election. If it came as a surprise to any of the candidates or their suppo... Read More


Election 2019: Few takeaways that define India

Mumbai, May 23 -- There is a delicious sense of expectation in the air before the general election results are declared. Will the Modi Sarkar get the numbers to be back in power or will there be a dra... Read More


Governing the city from chief minister's office undemocratic

Mumbai, May 16 -- There was a change of guard at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) earlier this week. Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta was elevated as chief secretary. Mumbai got a new mun... Read More


How tolerant do we need to be of bad roads and bridges?

Mumbai, May 9 -- It will be two months, next week, since the Himalaya foot overbridge collapsed, snuffing out the lives of seven people and injuring more than 30. Much has happened since that fateful ... Read More


Good turnout but Mumbai is not a political city

Mumbai, May 2 -- Mumbai's voters covered considerable distance in the last 10 years and two general elections this Monday with 55.11% turnout. It was a good 3.5% higher than in 2014 when change and ho... Read More


THE SUDDEN REVIVAL OF RAJ THACKERAY

Mumbai, April 26 -- Ae, laav re to video (Hey, just play that video)," declares Raj Thackeray, 51, to one of his many assistants on the dais. On a large screen behind him, a video starts playing a cho... Read More


If only issues, not poll arithmetic, mattered in election

Mumbai, April 18 -- Barely ten days remain for political campaigning in Mumbai before we vote on April 29. The last few days before the mandatory 48-hour silence period will see the campaign momentum ... Read More


Bollywood as Modi's propaganda machine

Mumbai, April 11 -- This general election may go down in history as one that saw extensive use of popular culture, branding and marketing, image management besides huge spending on advertisements by t... Read More


Women politicians, voters & gender issues

Mumbai, April 4 -- As it turns out, the Lok Sabha battle for Mumbai's six seats has three women in the fray - Priya Dutt and Urmila Matondkar of the Congress, Poonam Mahajan of the Bharatiya Janata Pa... Read More