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Decoding Gujarat’s ‘resort’ politics

If Bihar’s business is politics, then Gujarat’s business is business. The sharpest Gujarati minds have…

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The six lies of Bihar

No political journalist’s education is complete without understanding Bihar. If Mumbai’s business is business, then…

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Cricket’s chak de moment

In the early 1980s, Diana Eduljee, who was then the Indian women’s cricket team star…

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An abusive Phone Call

Why aren’t you in Basirhat, you bloody xxxx Muslim supporter, an anonymous caller asked me…

The Poison of ‘kuch log’

Last night, I interviewed Junaid Khan’s father Jallaluddin when he said something that left me numb: ‘why do they hate us so much sir that they kill us because of our religion?’ He was responding to my question that some reports suggested that the 16 year old Junaid was stabbed to death in a train compartment over a seat dispute. “Itna gussa seat ko lekar nahi hota sir, woh mere bete ko ‘anti national’ keh rahe the, uski topi aur kapde ko lekar gaali de rahe the,’ he said. Jalalauddin was angry and yet remarkably restrained. He was gracious enough to admit that the killers of his son were not representative of society: “Paancho ungilyan ek jaisee nahi hoti sir, kuch log aisa sochte hain,” ….

Modi govt at 3: Caught between As, Bs, and almost a C!

In the world we live in, where nuance has little space, and where the news and instant opinion is polarised in black and white terms, I am dubbed, for better or worse, a Narendra Modi critic when all I am is a journalist in the trenches observing the unfolding events before me. I guess the fact that I covered the 2002 riots and its aftermath in Gujarat have left me stamped for life as a journalist who is a permanent Modi baiter. After all, like it or not, Gujarat 2002 was Modi’s darkest hour and the fact that the chief minister was unable to rein in the rioters, a majority of whom owed allegiance to the wider sangh parivar to which Mr Modi belongs, will go down as a black mark in his political

Boycott Pakistani Mogambos on TV!

Last night, I was watching a familiar face from Pakistan venting bile on Indian news…

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Kashmir: putting Indians first

The reality in Kashmir has always been crazily complex: this isn’t some good guys versus…

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Thank god for cricket

There must be a world beyond Yogi Adityanath I keep telling myself. For the last…

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The Rise of the Yogi: the Mask is Off

The first time I met Yogi Adityanath was in his bastion of Gorakhpur ahead of…