Shiv Visvanathan
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The writer is a social nomad

POLITICS

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The threat to autonomy

One senses that irony and authoritarianism go hand in hand. It is a story to be recounted years from now as part of the anecdotes of authoritarianism.

POLITICS

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Before mob violence becomes populist rhetoric: Individualize Tabrez’s story, do not just reduce him to a statistic

Tabrez is much more than a statistic of mob lynching. We need to individualize his story, go into each detail of the incident and hold the perpetrators responsible.

POLITICS

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The other side of the coin: This is how the liberals reacted to Narendra Modi’s victory in the 2019 General Elections

Several people have been making a mockery out of the way liberals reacted to Modi’s victory. Much of it is based on how the media covered it.

POLITICS

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Post Pulwama: What India can learn from the terrorist attack

Any idea of India must contain its sense of China and Pakistan. Only with such a scenario can we survive in peace and confidence.

SPORTS

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Why Virat Kohli is fantastic, but won't reach the heights of Pataudi, or Dravid

Kohli's aggression, competence never quite conveys the sense of sportsmanship that Dravid communicates.

POLITICS

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Understanding the issues that electoral politics ignores

The dynamics of politics controlled by the media and party have little space for issues which take time and have complex narratives.

VOICES

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Searching for Utopia: Why it's not wise to copy China

The need of the hour is to return to the fundamentals, not fundamentalism.

ART & CULTURE

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How to read a novel, a poem and a judgment: Yes, we need to learn the art of reading all over again

Few have read classics beyond the compulsory reading at schools. Almost none can recite a major poem or quote from a classic play.

VOICES

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The danger of anniversary: Why I hope the 150th anniversary of Mahatma won't be marred by insane ritual

We owe to his memory not rote repetition but inventiveness because Gandhi was one of the great inventors of the century.

VARIETY

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Why the coastlines in India need a Gandhi to fight for their 'swaraj'

A walk along a Chennai beach made me realise that the sea is not a resource, it is a way of life.