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Semi-Column: Ishant not consistent enough

While Ishant’s bouncers did more harm than good, Wagner used it as a surprise weapon — Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal a case in example.

Kirana faces trouble from local bosses

In Ferozepur, it is not possible for a chemist to run a shop despite having the licence from the municipal authorities, a pharmacy degree and the capital.


Raje revels in payback moment

In a one-hour, 18-minute speech, Raje was direct and oblique as she stung the decimated Congress.

Parivar and the City

The personalisation of the BJP’s election campaign today does not stem only from the presidentialisation of the Indian polity.

Comrades at war

Another split in the Maoist party is likely to impact the constitution-making process.

Three hundred miles on, sixty seven years back

On a trip from Delhi to Amritsar, I felt I had travelled back in time.


An army of teachers

Utilising qualified retired military personnel could be a force multiplier in the education sector.

Delivering services to aam aadmi

Policy design should worry less about public versus private, and more about choice and accountability.

In need of a rewrite

The relationship between civil servants and politicians remains unreformed.

The Hindutva heartland

With the approach of the 2014 national elections, UP is set to become a communal battleground once again.