| Rough Cut | 8-minute read
Amitabha Bagchi's new book Half the Night is Gone chronicles the rise of Delhi and its many cultures.
The 'political iftar' dinner was sheer tokenism, often seen as minority 'appeasement'. Its demise is fortunate – it lets ordinary Indians reclaim the iftar, rediscover true secularism.
This is the kind of advice you would get on WhatsApp groups, from friends who think you are taking politics too seriously.
Using the technology for voting in elections could promise absolute power in the hands of people.
Don't blame the techie alone though – we're all totally political now.
| Rough Cut | 3-minute read
Sudhir Mishra's Daas Dev inverts this Hamletian tale and gives the two women, usually long-suffering victims of Devdas' alcoholism, some agency.
There is no point in having stricter laws if we as a society are going to find ways to obliterate them.
Although fragmenting politics makes sense for the 'deep state', there is a risk of escalating the problems confronting the country.
| Breaking Views | 3-minute read
A journalist must remain just that: an observer and chronicler with strong views but not a player or participant in the tricky game of politics.
Nearly 63 million people in India do not have access to safe drinking water.