Shiv Visvanathan
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The writer is a social nomad

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.

POLITICS

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No more cosmetic rebuilding: What India needs to do after the Kerala floods

As the waters recede and the reality of reconstruction dawns, quick solutions need to be avoided.

POLITICS

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India at 71: The idea of independence

It is not merely individual choice, but the availability of plural worlds and alternatives.

POLITICS

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Why the new identity politics of nationalism hates the outsider

At one time, the country had the folklore, the myths, of coping with the outsider. Our culture was open and plural, but today he is seen as a threat.