“Print media is in a deep mess. The time has come for every business to press ‘reset’”: newspapers and magazines in India are suddenly gasping for breath as #CoronaVirus strikes multiple blows

*** In 1988, Andrew Grove, the founder and former CEO of the American chip-manufacturing giant Intel, wrote a book titled Only the Paranoid Survive, in which he floated the concept …

There is no proof that Coronavirus broke out because the Chinese ate bats and snakes. Why do Indians find it so easy to lecture them that they should be eating ‘khichdi’ and ‘papdi chaat’?

Even in the best of times, Indians are never short of sanctimony and self-righteousness but there has been an oversupply of both since the outbreak of #Coronavirus. The virtues of …

13 photographs which show how ‘Vikas’ has propelled India towards a $5-trillion economy on your WhatsApp. (No wonder Narendra Modi’s jokers want you to amuse yourself with ‘Ramayana’.)

COVID shines the light on two sides of India. The first is political and medical: the preparedness and readiness of the Narendra Modi government to combat #CoronaVirus after China first …

42 years after Dr Raj Kumar’s ‘If you come today’—and 18 years after Rumsfeld’s ‘known unknowns’—has Shekhar Gupta beaten them (and ‘Swami’ Nityananda) at their own game?

*** It is not widely known that the Kannada movie legend Dr Raj Kumar won only one national award in his long and illustrious career, but it was not for …

A-Z of COVID: a Crazy, Over-the-top and Very Indian Dictionary of the virus that turned you into a hostage in your own house for 3,528 hours

Sure, a virus and a disease that has killed thousands is not a laughing matter. But WTF when everybody is WFH… *** A for Antakshari Traditional time-pass of “Yale” grads …

When Narendra Modi took notes: How the owners of India’s language newspapers “advised” the PM six hours before he announced a 21-day shutdown. (Or so it seems.)

Narendra Modi‘s relationship with the news media since becoming prime minister in 2014 has been built on conspicuous contempt and confrontation, but behind the scenes, chummy co-option and cultivation has …

“To err is human. To look at every Indian, and every life, with the same value is divine”: The 1,275-word speech that Narendra Modi should deliver at 8 pm to launch a process of “national healing”

My fellow Indians It is 8 pm.  I know the sight of me at 8 pm strikes fear in your hearts but do not be afraid, my dear countrymen. I …

Six gems John Oliver packed into his 17-minute takedown of the ‘aggressive hugger’ with ‘no emotional validation’, the ‘temporary symbol of hate’

John Oliver‘s hatchet job on prime minister Narendra Modi on his ‘Last Week Tonight‘ show is “trending” but it is easy to not quite hear what the voluble British-born US comedian says …

When a Kannada columnist completes 25 years of writing a weekly political column, it’s occasion enough to celebrate the silver jubilee

There are columns and there are columns–good, bad, sad and odd—in the vast landscape of Indian newspapers and magazines. Some go on interminably because the columnist has a direct route …

A steady drip-feed has normalised hatred against Muslims in BJP-ruled Karnataka. Which is why Kannadigas are so apathetic to the Police claim that a poor, unlettered domestic help tutored a Class VI girl to wage war against the mighty Indian state.

As a pictorial representation of the perverse inhumanity that the “land of Buddha and Gandhi” has embraced as its key performance indicator since 2014, it is difficult to beat the …

A Hindu bomber detonates the Mangalore ‘bomb’ in the face of Kannada news media. And a newspaper suggests mental tests and medical treatment for the ‘real terrorists’: embedded editors, owners and TV anchors.

Karnataka is the outlier in peninsular India—the only state in the South that the BJP has managed to come to power, by hook and by crook. Twice. There is a …

Only the calm voice of a 93-year-old could have done justice to a wild state with 5 national parks, 5 tiger reserves, and 33 sanctuaries: Sir David Attenborough’s

It took 20 cameras and 1,500 days of shooting and production for Wild Karnataka, a 52-minute wildlife film, the first to be released in movie halls. The brains behind the …

If Baba Ramdev can get Babul Supriyo a BJP ticket in 3 days, what’s the big deal over a Lingayat mutt head demanding cabinet berths for 3 Lingayat MLAs?

  The most touching aspect of a Lingayat mutt head publicly “threatening” Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa to include Lingayat MLAs in his cabinet, failing which he would incur the wrath …

The Bhagat Singh story NRIs backing CAA-NRC-NPR have forgotten. And the case of Vaishno Das who killed himself because he was stripped of US citizenship.

The long-distance nationalism of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has been one of the stand-out phenomena during the time of Narendra Modi, who, while using it to expand his personal aura, has …

At the latest science “circus”, Narendra Modi’s yoga consultant urges scientists to study the influence of “external forces” on man

The Nobel Prize-winning scientist of Indian origin Venkatraman Ramakrishnan rightly dubbed the Indian Science Congress a “circus” after he had to sit and watch an audience applaud Narendra Modi‘s mantra …

“Institutions are being targeted. Public space is being shrunk. Fundamental rights are being threatened…. It’s only if the nation survives, officers will survive”: IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil

In ideal circumstances, speaking your mind is a simple biological function, a sign that a synaptic link has been achieved between the brain and the tongue; a sign that you …

In the age of #MeToo, ashtanga yoga guru Pattabhi Jois’s grandson Sharath Jois says ‘sorry’ to students for the pain and trauma caused by the legend’s “improper adjustments”

Fact: All three of yoga’s modern gurus—S.T. Krishnamacharya, B.K.S. Iyengar, and K. Pattabhi Jois—have a link with Mysore. Fact: Pattabhi Jois (in picture, above) introduced Ashtanga Yoga across the world earning …

Was the last Maharaja of Mysore really a musical whiz, as his courtiers claim? Or, was the king merely passing off a subject’s work as his own, as R.K. Narayan alleged?

The centenary anniversary of the birth of the last Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar (1919-1974), has kicked off in the erstwhile kingdom, in a renewed burst of royalty that is …

When a real-estate baron officially worth Rs 1,015 crore runs into Vidhana Soudha to tender his resignation, it tells you something is rotten in the state of Hoskote

Karnataka’s politics is something that you can only speak of in the past tense. This was the land of the first representative assembly. This was where the earliest social reforms …

Eight reasons why Indian cricket looks like Indian politics today: a loud, mindless cauldron of ‘desh bhakti’, unaccountable, Pakistan-obsessed, and a darling of shady corporates

In the late 1980s, the then Editor of The Times of India, Girilal Jain, wrote that in India, politics sets the pace and everything else follows in its wake. In …

38 factoids and 5 infographs from the jungle of statistics published in newspapers that put Narendra Modi’s stupendous 2019 victory in perspective

Many English newspapers have produced a dizzying array of information and graphics following the election of Narendra Modi, with The Times of India (above) standing out for homework, imagination and …