Borderline case

Ignore the hawks on both sides. China’s refusal to issue a visa to an IAS officer from Arunachal Pradesh, claiming the state as its territory, is a complex diplomatic tangle on boundary disputes

Srinath Raghavan London

Gas without borders

Despite American displeasure, with big stakes involved, India and Pakistan should stand firm on the Iran gas pipeline

RK Batra Delhi

Bang bang

Yes, there is a Tarantino feel to Shootout at Lokhandwala. But only a wannabe feel…..a desperately wannabe feel

Nishi Malhotra Delhi

Lost Innocence

Lost Innocence

Sex education is an imperative in India. But does it have to be taught so crudely and superficially?

Sanjay Kapoor

Shaming the House

Babubhai Katara, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of the Lok Sabha elected from the reserved constituency of Dahod in Gujarat has confirmed that the BJP’s high moral ground, its professed championing of cultural nationalism and its service to the cause of Hindutva were merely a façade for him to carry out illegal activities. He attempted to take two persons, a 30-year-old woman from Punjab who was eager to join her husband in New York and a 14-year-old boy, also from Punjab, by posing them as his wife and son. He was confident that his label as Member of Parliament and the diplomatic passports issued to him and his family would be sufficient to drop them off at Toronto. And it almost worked, had it not been for an alert Air India flight attendant who spotted the discrepancy.

Gardens of bliss

In her book The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra, Austrian art historian, Dr Ebba Koch, gives an insightful picture of what Agra may have been like in Shah Jahan’s day, and how little of that survives today. The Taj Mahal and its gardens were originally part of a vast complex in which funerary architecture was linked formally and functionally with utilitarian buildings, bazaars and caravansarais in an attempt to generate all revenue for repairs and maintenance within the complex itself.

Small fish in a murky pond

MPs taking cash for questions or smuggling out people on fake passports are only the small fry

‘The CPM is a tout of Big Capital’

Born in 1929, Kanu Sanyal was one of the founding leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) which was formed in 1969. He was one of the key leaders of the Naxalbari uprising by radical communists, including dissenters within the CPM, to initiate an 'Indian revolution' by armed struggle. Sanyal announced the formation of the original CPI(ML) on Lenin's birthday (April 22) in 1969 at a massive public rally in Kolkata. He drafted the the seminal Terai report on the nature of Indian revolution.

The unquiet Pakistani

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

By Mohsin Hamid

Penguin Viking, 184 pages, Rs 295 Hardcover

Nishi Malhotra Delhi

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