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Opinion | How to lift the national spirit one 'Jai Hind' at a time

New Delhi, March 6 -- As it so happens when things become too complicated for me to understand, I meet my friend who lives on the 21st floor. It was my old friend, the late Behram Contractor, who had ... Read More


Women who fought for Salman Rushdie

London, Feb. 21 -- Hours before the then supreme leader of the Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, pronounced a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie, whose novel The Satanic Verses... Read More


Opinion | Why UK, as a democracy, faces an acid test in Shamima Begum

New Delhi, Feb. 20 -- What distinguishes a civilized nation from a murderous cult is how it treats those it has an obligation to protect even if the individual has acted in a way that most people in t... Read More


Opinion | Singapore's bicentenary and the 'what if' scenarios

New Delhi, Feb. 7 -- Chinese Singaporeans and their friends gathered around dinner tables exchanging hong bao packets with gifts for the young, and wished each other gong xi fa cai, chiding the unatta... Read More


A quiet, illuminating force

New Delhi, Jan. 18 -- Shanta Gokhale has a room of her own, and it is in her mind. She learned early the skill of training her mind to silence the surrounding noise and staying engaged-to observe and ... Read More


Mad dogs and Englishmen: Brexit and Britain's decline

New Delhi, Jan. 17 -- The staggering margin by which the British Prime Minister Theresa May lost the so-called "meaningful vote" on Tuesday night over the deal she had negotiated with the European Uni... Read More


THE INTERLOCUTOR OF SOCIETAL MALADIES

New Delhi, Jan. 11 -- Mrinal Sen was easily among India's earliest radical film-makers in an overt, political sense. But he had the misfortune of making films at the same time as the auteur Satyajit R... Read More


Lounge Tribute | Mrinal Sen: The interlocutor of societal maladies

New Delhi, Jan. 3 -- Mrinal Sen was easily among India's earliest radical film-makers in an overt, political sense. But he had the misfortune of making films at the same time as the auteur Satyajit Ra... Read More


Curtain falls on a sublime phase of Indian cinema as Mrinal Sen passes away at 95

New Delhi, Dec. 30 -- With the passing of Mrinal Sen, the curtain has fallen on a sublime phase of Indian cinema, when three great film-makers from Bengal created a lasting impact on Indian cinematic ... Read More


Opinion | Bangladesh's political turmoil and why people deserve better

New Delhi, Dec. 27 -- Only astrologers and pollsters predict election outcomes and often they get it wrong. Sitting far away from Bangladesh, it is not for me to predict the results of the vote on 30 ... Read More