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S. Anand

'The Surprising Poignancy Of Narendra Modi’s Poetry'

Jun 21, 2014 S. Anand

...and the fine art of selling dhoklas and theplas

The Beginning Of Imagination

May 22, 2014 S. Anand

This speck of dirt, too, will be sucked into the widening gyre of time that keeps turning and turning...


'The Storm In The D’Cruz Ocean'

The publisher says Navayana has been thinking and reflecting on its recent decision to not publish Joe D’ Cruz’s novel

Slowness And Sensibility

May 24, 2012 S. Anand

If the Ambedkar-conceived Constitution can be amended 97 times, can’t a textbook, which has to be treated as a work-in-progress, be amended?


Between Red And Blue

On Anand Patwardhan's latest—the tension and the potential inherent in the title, that of twinning the concerns of the Ambedkarite movement (Jai Bhim) and those of the Left (Comrade), and the apparent impossibility of such reconciliation.

23 January, 2012
Author Romesh Gunesekera signs a petition to reconsider the ban on Salman Rushdie's <i>The Satanic Verses</i> aswriter Anni Zaidi, looks on at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

Name The Unnameable

Salil Tripathi

As writers organise for the ban on The Satanic Verses to be lifted, the battle to undo the damage of the past quarter century has begun. It is time for India to wake up.


24 October, 2006

Voda Voda: Watered Down Plans

S. Anand

The supply of uranium has been assured by Russia, but NPCIL's plans for massive water-dependent reactors off Kanyakumari may run out of water. Literally.


14 October, 2006

Fusing Phule And Ambedkar

S. Anand

Kanshi Ram redefined and expanded the scope of parliamentary democracy in India by successfully fusing Phule's advocacy of the bahujan with the Ambedkarite idea of negotiating space for a communal minority in a political majority.


11 May, 2006

V For Victory

S. Anand

The DMK front may form the government, but the real winner of the Tamil Nadu election appears to be Vijaykanth, an actor known as the poor man's Rajnikanth. Updates


12 January, 2006

The Solar Eclipse

S. Anand

With elections just four months away, as the Sun TV group proves to be bigger than the DMK, media power appears to dictate the course of politics in Tamil Nadu.


06 December, 2005

'The Worst Tsunami Could Trigger A 15m Wave In Gujarat'

S. Anand

The vice-president of The Tsunami Society, Honolulu, and an expert on tsunamis, storm surges and tidal waves, on the various challenges that the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System poses and the need for coastal inundation maps.


16 September, 2004

The Fizz Of Child Labour

S. Anand

In the guise of celebrating team spirit, the latest Pepsi advertisement on TV romanticises child labour and offers it celebrity endorsement. Perhaps the Advertising Standards Council of India needs to step in?


10 September, 2004

'Uma, Kalyan Beneficiaries Of Periyar Legacy'

S. Anand

On the eve of 125 years of Periyar E.V. Ramasamy, K. Veeramani, president, Dravidar Kazhagam discusses caste politics, and explains why the DK does not believe in having dalits as puppets in its apex decision-making body.


28 April, 2004

JJ: Some Jottings

S. Anand

In Tamil Nadu, elections mean thiruvizha. It is spectacle time. And J. Jayalalitha is the reigning goddess who has set out on a two-month darshan-giving tour. S. Anand followed her in Chidambaram and Mayiladudurai.


08 March, 2004

The Familiar Family Way

S. Anand

With Karunanidhi declaring that the BJP-AIADMK alliance is basically an Advani-Jaya alliance, it appears that realignment with "Vajpayee's BJP" is possible in a post-poll scenario.


20 February, 2004

Slumming It Out

S. Anand

The Kanchi Shankaracharya, last heard questioning the Dalai Lama's credentials to mediate in the Ayodhya dispute, now has the political circles abuzz with his peregrinations in the slums of Chennai. Tamil Nadu's top Dalit leaders are already lining u


24 December, 2003

Howling Wolf

S. Anand

Why did the DMK - which now is both 'secular' and 'communal' - pull out of the NDA now? What happens to the alliance scenario in 2004? Questions, questions, and actually some more questions. More Covera


02 December, 2003

Conscience Calls

S. Anand

'Irrespective of whether we reach the conclusion that A-1 [Jayalalitha] is guilty of the offences with which she is charged or not, she must atone for the same by answering her conscience in the light of what we have stated'


Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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