The writer is at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
A look at their sudden ascent to power and their first years in office reveals surprising correspondences.
Modi has positioned himself not just as a leader, but also as an object of mass consumption — a strategy that speaks of our times.
Narendra Modis majoritarian and exclusionist policies merely intensify a century-long tradition of elitist politics in Gujarat
A biography of the old,complex,controversial land,Ahmedabad.
An evocative chronicle of the metropolis and its machinery of seduction
People in Gujarat have become so accustomed to bans,particularly on films dealing with communal violence that they assume such products have been banned even when they have in fact not been banned.
When one thinks of the quintessential Hindi film heroine it is invariably someone of statuesque proportions and a certain melancholic beauty.
Crimes by the young in our major metros are becoming increasingly common.
Why would you participate in a show that threatens to reveal your secrets,embarrass you,hurt people close to you?
Navigating history and geography,a response to the 2005 Mumbai floods
In my blog last week I wrote about the phenomenon of restaurants pushing feedback forms on diners.
It used to be pesky salesmen on the phone but now they are pestering you at lunch.
I was in Ahmedabad the day the hooch tragedy came to light. It started with a few deaths and then the numbers rose,rapidly.
Some weeks ago,on a flight,I watched Milk,a film about the life of the American gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk. The film was about a remarkable man who fought for his beliefs with passion and joie de vivre and who died sadly young.
Weve been hearing stories of Michael Jacksons shady lifestyle for so long that we had almost forgotten what made him famous in the first place.
Early last week,the media was full of images of a faceless domestic servant who had caused a celebrated Bollywood actor to be arrested on charges of rape.
Imagine the following scenario: you are travelling abroad. You check in and proceed for security check up inwardly groaning at the ordeal that awaits you.
In an influential essay Virginia Woolf once asked the reader to imagine what would have happened if Shakespeare had a sister.
Watching Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert to win the title of American Idol was like witnessing a Maruti 800 steal a march over a Porsche.
The squeamishness about sex education doesnt square with our outrè pop culture
Provocation can score important cultural points. But the Akshay-Twinkle act was a damp squib by any measure
M.G. Vassanjis literary homecoming is rather distracted and dated
Fencing parks and charging entry fees may bring benefits. But it comes with a price tag
Calcutta to Delhi,Shah Rukh to Abhay: Dev.D describes our changes
Will the outrage over Mangalore finally prompt recognition of the Sanghs woman-hating ways?