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Whose War Are We Fighting in Kashmir?

Whose War Are We Fighting in Kashmir?

The veteran war correspondent and novelist Humra Quraishi, in her Kashmir: The Untold Story (2004), writes about a heart-breaking incident that seems to be handpicked from a Kim Ki Duk thriller. The story goes on like this. Sometime in March 2003, a 22-year old Japanese ophthalmology student named Koichiro Takata arrived in Srinagar. The young […]

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Indian Cricket: Corruption Runs Deep

Indian Cricket: Corruption Runs Deep

Cricket, especially its neoliberal variant the Indian Premier League (IPL), is in a thick soup of corruption. The two main accused, Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, have been suspended for life. Further, their teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have been banned for two years. Back in the summer of 2013, players, […]

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The Rise of India’s Common Man Party (AAP) Could Prevent Religious Strife

The Rise of India’s Common Man Party (AAP) Could Prevent Religious Strife

Those of us who have been tracking the anti–corruption movement, out of which the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP or Common Man Party) was born, have been relieved to witness the spectacular electoral rise of this new party. It has won 67 out of 70 seats in the assembly elections. This victory is crucial for several […]

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The Myth of India as a Superpower

The Myth of India as a Superpower

The verdict of the world press is finally out: India, they say, is no longer a poor, despicable country as depicted by orientalist European cinema and novels but is now a superpower. To strengthen their argument, they show us India’s nuclear arsenal. If this does not suffice, they show us that the wealth of the […]

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College Street, Kolkata: Where Life and Dreams Merge In Books

College Street, Kolkata: Where Life and Dreams Merge In Books

Books, first and foremost, must disturb, provoke, and yes, unmake me. For me, reading is as important as watching open-blue skies, electric poles with stray crows of afternoon and patches of white clouds that resemble bales of cotton. I suppose I was lucky or smart enough to find College Street while I was young, because […]

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