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The stain of history: Events in Charlottesville show that the legacy of slavery continues...

America has always had a certain vanity about being a beacon of democracy and republicanism. Recent events in Charlottesville reveal that this democratic colossus...

Trade wars and the Great China Wall: How India can get its act together...

“A trade war between China and India seems to be looming as India moved last Wednesday (August 9) to impose anti-dumping duties on 93...

Battle over quit India: Modi boisterously appropriates what Congress believes to be its family...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been thinking on his feet, as it were, on the issue of hitching his party to the bandwagon of...

It’s Sunny in Kochi: Could Leone be the neta we need?

When Sunny Leone, actress and former porn star, showed up in Kochi to inaugurate a phone showroom, she drew an absurdly huge crowd. Students...

Didi no.1: Mamata is to Bengal as Modi is to north India

Trinamool Congress’s sweep in the latest round of civic body elections in Bengal puts aside any doubts regarding its political dominance in that state....

Falling in love once again at Kolkata’s Aanadi Cabin

I left Kolkata for Mumbai a couple of decades back. I keep going back to Kolkata when I can. My family is there after...

Public investment trade-offs: The long and short of it

Public investment becomes the default option when the economic commentariat  suggests a solution to combat a phase charaterized by a slowdown in investment. India...

My brother, the terrorist

Modern nation states fear the dead more than the living. What do you do with the dead enemies of the state? Especially when those...

Blue whales and other folk tales: We, the middle class are as susceptible to...

It started last May, with a series of clickbaity stories on the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. They described the bizarre Blue Whale challenge as...

Planet of the Apps: We humans are so smart that we’ve made machines which...

The bad news is that smart machines – collectively known as AI, Artificial Intelligence – are going to take over our lives and enslave...

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