Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Ananth Kumar was, at best, one of the builders of BJP in Karnataka; a power broker like Pramod Mahajan

Union minister and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar’s premature demise at the age of 59 will hog the news headlines, at least in Karnataka, for the next few hours. Adjectives …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan was informed about a case of inverted ‘love jihad’. His response would shock M/s Modi, Yogi & Co.

Two-bit rabble rousers of the Indian People’s Party who display no synaptic link between their cerebrum and their oral orifice have used Tipu Sultan‘s legacy to spread poison, hatred and …

250 years ago, Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali were not just fighting the British in India. They were also inspiring America’s independence movement.

In the Cesspool of Conspicuous Communalism that India is lapping around, is there anything more ridiculous than the sight of pusillanimous pygmies—who ducked the Quit India movement; grovelled before the …

Deepavali vs Diwali: A short, stupidly chauvinistic rant (in four graphs) on the mind gap between the South and the North

“North vs South” is an evergreen story in Indian journalism. And maha fun too. Newspapers, magazines, and pop-columnists have for decades banked on the all-too-real differences between the people, food, …

What if #Demonetisation’s goal was not financial or digital? What if it was a psychological operation to condition your mind to learn to accept and acquiesce?

“To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the five-hundred rupee and thousand-rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from …

How ‘The Indian Express’ is covering the #Rafale scandal—and a scandal it is—compared to the way it covered #Bofors

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi has addressed five press conferences on the Rs 140,000 crore Rafale aircraft deal involving the Narendra Modi government and the bankrupt businessman Anil Ambani. These …

What Sardar Patel told the RSS (which Narendra Modi won’t tell them): eschew communal conflict; be loyal to the flag; respect the Constitution

Plenty of words will be said today on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as the “Statue of Unity” opens. And plenty of attempts will be made to twist …

Once upon a time, the RSS chief had the largeness of heart to call Sanjay Khan’s rendition of Tipu Sultan “patriotic”

‘Tipu Jayanti’, the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Tipu Sultan, is round the corner, and you can virtually hear the usual cliche—“Tiger or Tyrant?”—being sharpened by the usual cliques. …

What does it tell you when PayTM chief gives Rs 10 lakh for Kerala Flood—and Rs 69 lakh to an ex-secy blackmailing him?

With CCTV camera folks safeguarding India’s “culture”, sex during daylight hours is an avoidable exercise. So, it was only appropriate that Vijay Shekhar Sharma of #PayTM was allowed to have …

Why you are constantly led to believe that “this is the best of worlds; there is no alternative to the current state of affairs”

While students of WhatsApp University marvel at the world’s tallest statue, the world’s largest khichdi, the world’s largest yoga event, and other specialities, Professor Anup Sinha, formerly of IIM Calcutta, has …