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Swachh Bharat, Mahesh Sharma, Narendra Modi, Hindutva

New Swachh Bharat campaign - Oh no: Cultural pollution

Instead of going to gyms, all people would do well to go to the shakhas and work out with multipurpose lathis and yogic exercises.


 |  Tarar Square  |  5-minute read
Religious bigotry, Relationships, Autumn, Life

A melancholic autumn and my reflections on life

As the body goes through its motions, the mind drifts along like an unstrung kite on a cloudy November afternoon.


 |  Stories Unscene  |  4-minute read
Facebook, Modi in US, Narendra Modi

Eight uncomfortable questions PM Modi could face in US

The only solution now is to be prepared for the worst.


 |  In real time  |  1-minute read
War memorial, Indian Army

India must honour its soldiers with a war memorial

I hope it will be solemn and soldierly rather than jingoistic and militaristic.


 |  Shorts In The Dark  |  5-minute read
Shah Rukh Khan, Kurkure, Soaps, Bathing

How soap became modern India's Kurkure

The 'family soap' was a separate category and sold as such. 'Hum log' ka sabun.


 |  Grade Crossing  |  4-minute read
Aakar Patel, Netaji Files, Subhas Bose

Aakar Patel has lame arguments to make about Subhas Chandra Bose

The columnist says Netaji spent too much time posing himself as a military leader and giving radio broadcasts.


 |  Gloves Off  |  4-minute read
Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni

It's time India respects Dhoni; good that Shastri has cleared the air

The Indian limited-overs captain doesn’t need to be playing matches to prove his fitness and match readiness.


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Indian Army, Chetan Bhagat, OROP

Shame on Chetan Bhagat: OROP views dishonour Indian Army

I felt humiliated that someone with the kind of following that the writer has should refer to ex-servicemen as a mob.


 |  Fortune Cookie  |  3-minute read
Narendra Modi, Liquor, Drinking Age

BJP, spare us the moral policing on drinking age. Learn from AAP

If PM Modi really wants smart cities, he must spend some time in India and smarten up the leaders of his party.


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Indian Economy, Arun Jaitley, GST

Why goods and services tax is no magic

The logic of growth slumps owing to a five-storey GST.