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How not to kill K L Rahul's career

How not to kill K L Rahul's career

When cricketers who are used to playing through the summer after an overseas tour and before a home series stagger back to the field after the coronavirus-enforced break, having given their tweeting fingers more exercise than their legs through the previous several months, a conundrum will await the...

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Of celibates, temples, and kisses

Of celibates, temples, and kisses

A jewellery ad was accused of promoting love jihad. And now, the anti-love-jihad brigade wants people to “boycott” the web series version of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy – a book that is all about arranged marriage and caste concerns, and accommodates several characters who would have fit right into...

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Of nudity and censorship

Of nudity and censorship

This month, two events occurred which have made us wonder how much nudity is too much nudity.Milind Soman, model-turned-runner, has gone bare at different times—a quarter century ago, he appeared in a recreation of Original Sin with then-girlfriend Madhu Sapre, wearing only shoes. Then, he began to ...

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Why all states need to ban fireworks this Diwali

Why all states need to ban fireworks this Diwali

Every year, I find myself wondering how a festival that claims to be a celebration of lamps turned into a nightmare of air and noise pollution—how, when the government decided to fight the coronavirus by lighting candles for good vibes like a rookie psychic, households managed to find fireworks at s...

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Is it time to rethink examinations?

Is it time to rethink examinations?

Right from when one is a child, one is familiarised with the phrase “Exam fear”. It is almost an accepted medical condition, something parents take for granted, and something students learn to take for granted.While it is an almost amusing phenomenon when one is a child, as one begins to write the m...

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Covid 19: The paranoia is important

Covid 19: The paranoia is important

It has been nearly a week since Kumaran Silks, in the T. Nagar shopping district of Madras, was sealed off. The viral video, of people jostling each other for space and wearing masks around their necks and speaking into each other’s faces, horrified most of its viewers.But then, is the scene so very...

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The problem with liberal outrage

The problem with liberal outrage

Jewellery advertisements have traditionally been corny. You could have a sixty-year-old bride being walked to the mandap by her daughter, or a dusky bride getting married for the second time, or a woman being gifted jewellery by her retired husband on their daughter’s wedding day because gold and di...

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Hathras: The power of silence

Hathras: The power of silence

Perhaps the greatest difference between a party nursing hopes of dynastic rule and a regime with the goal of establishing a society with the same religion, moral code, and societal norms as its masters is this—the noise the regime makes.The first seeks to convince voters that the fruit of its former...

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SPB: A personal loss

SPB: A personal loss

Yes, he did sing over 40,000 songs, in several languages. And yes, he had one of the most beautiful voices to have ever been borrowed by actors. But the reason it hurts so much to think about him in the past tense is that SPB was not merely a golden voice. He was far, far more than a singer. He was ...

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How could we not lose Kashmir?

How could we not lose Kashmir?

Twitter has been in a flutter over the statement of Farooq Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, that Kashmiris do not feel Indian and would rather be ruled by China.The demotion of a state into two union territories, and the unconstitutional revocation of an article that guarantees ...

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