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Utpal Kumar

Utpal Kumar

The writer is Associate Editor, Mail Today.

By Utpal Kumar

Claude Arpi's book exposes India's ties with China and Tibet like never before

The book brings to fore how Jawaharlal Nehru deliberately kept Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel out of the discussions on Tibet.

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How Rajinikanth — even as a politician — may defy logic but isn't illogical

Tamil politics is up for interesting times, especially after Jaya’s death and Karunanidhi’s almost retirement.

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Dharma of business: The roots of commerce in India

Donald R Davis Jr's book holds the key to moral economy, something the world has been eagerly looking for.

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Is another biography on Indira Gandhi relevant in the age of Modi?

Sagarika Ghose's book is a decent primer for anyone wanting to know about India's only female PM.

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Former RBI governor reveals truths about Modi, Manmohan, demonetisation and more

YV Reddy's book Advice and Dissent is an insider’s account of how government and Reserve Bank of India work.

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The loneliness of being Arun Shourie

The once firebrand intellectual and politician now sits on the sidelines.

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Why Arundhati Roy's new book failed to impress me

With The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the goddess of political fiction returns with a whimper.

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Amish Tripathi explains how little we know Ramayana

'Our understanding of the epic is based primarily on Ramanand Sagar’s television show.'

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When Pankaj Mishra compares Modi with ISIS maniacs

The fact is there isn’t - and can’t be - one reason for what’s wrong on the planet today.

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Why liberals love to humanise Aurangzeb

A new book on the Mughal ruler has gone wrong on a couple of major points.

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Why Jhumpa Lahiri writing on book jackets is bad news for the writer and the reader

The literary scene flourishes along the river, ever flowing, ever renewing, and not in the mausoleum.

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Swami Vivekananda: Monk who never stopped loving his mother

If his life was unconventional, its traces could be found in his childhood itself.

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Why everyone hates Taslima Nasreen

The Bangladeshi author regards India as her ‘home’, but she continues to remain a pariah.

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Uri attack: How India can punish Pakistan without declaring war

There are more than a dozen steps New Delhi can take.

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How a 'terrorist' Bhagat Singh debate exposes Indian historians

Our history cannot and should not be just about one party and one family.

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Why Europe is a breeding ground for ISIS

We shouldn't make the mistake of equating terrorism with religious symbols like minarets.

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How Mughals chained Sanskrit to the Indian library for good

The endeavour to translate books in ancient language to Persian was about achieving a political end, not a literary revolution.

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Why Gandhi is every biographer's joy and horror

One can pick up whatever he wants to and create a Mahatma of his own.

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Don't #ShutDownJNU, reboot it

The Leftist institution dwells on the past which no longer exists.

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Tabish Khair on why a rise in new xenophobia should terrify us

[Book review] The stranger is now allowed to remain a stranger, but prohibited from exhibiting difference.

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Why Indians produce terrible memoirs

President Pranab Mukherjee should choose to either write a tell-all, or else desist from writing.

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Why you must read Orhan Pamuk's new book

[Book review] 'A Strangeness in My Mind' tells the story of Mevlut, a 12-year-old village boy who moves to Istanbul in 1969.

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Why a 'neo war' on ISIS will be inconclusive

The 'invisible hand' of capitalism both nourishes and destroys the enemy.

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Intolerance: Why Modi faces a bigger challenge than Nixon-Bush

The bias against the conservatives continues till date.

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It is as wrong to call Tipu Sultan a 'secular' as Mohan Bhagwat a 'liberal'

It’s grave injustice to both history and its protagonists.

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Why are Hindus behaving like a minority in India?

Selective amnesia and inconsistency do more harm than good. For, there can't be a smaller or a bigger killing.

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When Bal Thackeray batted for Dawood. Why did you not cry then?

Shiv Sainiks should remember that their founder had opportunistically used their pet issues as per his convenience.

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How not to publish books the ICHR way

There are over 224 manuscripts which couldn’t see the light of day, even after lakhs of rupees have been spent on translating them.

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Will we ever know who killed Aarushi?

Avirook Sen's book raises a few pertinent questions over the case. One wishes it had provided some convincing answers as well.

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Why Emergency was a result of Indira Gandhi's troubled past

She may have cultivated the image of a strong leader in public. But in private, she was meek, insecure and submissive.

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