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Palash Krishna Mehrotra

Palash Krishna Mehrotra

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The writer is the editor of 'House Spirit: Drinking in India'

By Palash Krishna Mehrotra

What’s new in New Education Policy

To school we must go, even as internationally there is a rising trend of parents going in for home schooling.

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Why the Congress is on auto-pilot mode

Think of the Congress as a rusty swimmer with a heavy body, palms swatting the water rather than splicing through it with finesse.

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How Chinese expansionist ambitions are at odds with its pop-culture exports

Chinese expansionism displays a curious lack when it comes to culture. This is at odds with most countries that have had expansionist ambitions.

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A short history of star suicides

When it comes to awareness of mental health, India and America are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

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What India can learn from the US protests

The liberals say their plates are already full with Sudha Bhardwaj and Safoora Zargar. The rest think there is nothing wrong with calling Darren Sammy 'Kaalu'.

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Covid and the crisis of existence

It's difficult to gauge the national mood because we Indians are great ones for putting up a brave front — one reason why mental health has remained low on our priority list.

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Spare a thought for migrants

It's difficult to choose a story of suffering to highlight, each being more horrific than the other.

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How deaths of Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor affected their fans differently

They were icons for all seasons.

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When liquor ban makes life more difficult during lockdown

There will be further lockdowns as time goes on. A drink will make all of this more tolerable.

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Can cricket beat corona blues?

The healthy population is suffering from mental health issues arising from the lack of beer to the lack of sport.

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The fall and rise of Jyotiraditya: Why Congress was not able to retain its floor manager

At the moment, things are such a mess in the Congress, that if he had a chance, even Rahul will not mind joining the BJP.

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Why there is not much left to rage against after Delhi riots

Delhi riot was independent India’s first digital riot, broadcast live on our phones. There was nothing that was hidden, and it was left to the people to make up their minds as to who did what and when.

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Shot in the arm for women officers

All new ideas have to climb over a barbed wire fence in order to enter the gated compound.

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How the Delhi voter will respond to poll polemics

The BJP's campaign has been consistently marked by brazen provocation and backtracking.

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Arvind Kejriwal stands a chance in Delhi purely by bridging various gulfs

Kejriwal was associated with drama and histrionics, and accused of being in agitation/ dharna mode even when holding the reins of power. But it worked.

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Unleashing violence on protesting students in JNU or Jamia is closing them off

The fact that students protest is accepted across the world. What has shocked middle-class India is the barbaric bloody force that has been used against protesting students, from JNU to Jamia.

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Futility of retribution: The encounter killings in Hyderabad

Violence is abhorrent, but never ever is the answer to it more violence. Isn’t that what Gandhi taught us?

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CAA, NRC and the idea of India

Forcing an idea down people's throats can only lead to contagious rebellion, an irrational use of force by the state and, ultimately, chaos.

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Horses for Maharashtra’s political courses

In many ways, this election also shows the limits of ideology as the nativism of the Shiv Sena clashes with the pan-India glue that Hindutva promises.

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Civility and the Ayodhya verdict

Compared to three decades ago, the response to the recent Ayodhya judgement has been muted.

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Veer Savarkar's sunrise moment

There are times one feels closer to Savarkar's ideas than Gandhi's.

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A peek into the Joker's mind

When the film ended, I instinctively looked around for my mask before I realised I was wearing it already.

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Gandhi might be the ‘Father of the Nation’ but people are apathetic to him

You can say anything about him and no one will file a case against you claiming ‘sentiments were hurt.’

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How Hindi can be the unifying force for India

Hindi has become by default the language that most Indians speak.

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Why heavy fines cannot fix India’s driving culture

Just about anyone can start driving on the road in real-time in real traffic in the country.

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Identity Crisis in Kashmir: If nationalism isn't fetishized, Kashmiris may see advantages to the idea of being India

Kashmiris today need to make a tough choice while living in very tough circumstances. But while Hindutva may repel, there are advantages as well to willfully joining the Indian mainland.

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Death of the Coffee King: Thank you VG Siddhartha for giving us CCD, a home away from home

A lot, it seems, can actually happen over coffee.

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Bringing Home The Bias: Biryani bhakts, Zomato liberals and the idea of India

As Hindutva makes up new traditions each day, which apparently includes boycotting Muslim food delivery boys, a courageous corporate has taken a stand. Can we digest it?

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In Banana Republic: When five-star hotels give you bananas, don't do a Rahul Bose, please!

Figuring out what is complimentary at a five-star hotel and what is not is at all times walking a tightrope.

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Jhadoo 101 for 'bade log': How to successfully wield a broom for photos

BJP lawmaker from Mathura Hema Malini and Minister of State Anurag Thakur seem to be clueless about the humble jhadoo and are in dire need to learn the technique.

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