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The Games Are Over, Long Live The Political Games

The Games Are Over, Long Live The Political Games

21 August, 2016 Shobhan Saxena

The country, in the middle of an economic turmoil and deeply divided politically, has some reason to smile finally. But will the smiles stay?

Football, Women And Brazil's New Sweethearts

Football, Women And Brazil's New Sweethearts

20 August, 2016 Shobhan Saxena

In the past 15 days, Brazil fell in love with its women’s football team.


Games' Legacy For Favelas: Guns, Violence And Blood

Since the Games started on August 5, at least 14 persons have died in shootouts between so-called gang members and police and soldiers deployed in the city. That is almost one death per day.

The Ugly Americans: Lying, Drinking And Pissing On Their Hosts

The Ugly Americans: Lying, Drinking And Pissing On Their Hosts

19 August, 2016 Shobhan Saxena

With just two more days to go before the Games come to an end, it has definitely produced a bunch of villains who will live in infamy for a long time. Topping the charts of this dubious list is the American swimmer Ryan Lochte.


Who Will Save The Games From These Officials And Athletes?

Like FIFA, the International Olympic Committee too is run like a private club, with little accountability to anyone.

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18 August, 2016

A Little Food Tip: When in Rio, Have Feijoada In A Favela

Shobhan Saxena

Like us Indians, the Brazilians too can be very touchy about their food.


16 August, 2016

Not Easy Being Gay In A 'Gay-Friendly' Country

Shobhan Saxena

Though this Olympics features 44 LGBT athletes, a new record, they continue to face extra challenges.


16 August, 2016

Robbed In Rio: Must Be In Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

Shobhan Saxena

On Saturday, it was widely reported in the local media that Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medallist, and three other American swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.


15 August, 2016

Zika Is Not Funny: Brazilians Boo Americans For Offence

Shobhan Saxena

The Brazilian crowd has been upset with the US team as several American athletes dropped out of the Olympics because of “concerns over the virus”.


15 August, 2016

Temer And Loathing In Rio De Janeiro

Shobhan Saxena

Temer has always been referred to as the “Butler of horror movies”. That name was given to him partly because of his formal bearing and partly because of the political games he is known to play.


14 August, 2016

Refugees, Syria And New Cold War Games

Shobhan Saxena

There is more politics in Olympics than there is in real politics.


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14 August, 2016

No Tibetans At The Games, Just A Tibetan Flag

Shobhan Saxena

The Tibetan flag has been there on display at the stall since day one at the games.


12 August, 2016

Assaults And Other Crimes Under The Shadow Of Guns

Shobhan Saxena

The state government has put a police force of 85,000, including 23,000 soldiers who stand guard at busy intersections.


12 August, 2016

In Rio, The Colour of Water Is How You See It

Shobhan Saxena

The city itself is named after a river. Rio means river in Portuguese; and Rio de Janeiro means January River.


11 August, 2016

Bushes' Love Affair With Oil Reaches Rio

Shobhan Saxena

The Bushes' love affair with oil has reached Rio 2016, though in a different way.


11 August, 2016

Should Neymar Borrow Marta's Shoes?

Shobhan Saxena

The Barcelona star has been playing all right, but has failed to convert chances into goals.


10 August, 2016

Guest Appearances At A Quaint Bar And Tennis Court

Shobhan Saxena

Big stars in tennis are having very bad games. Novak Djokovic was out on the first day, now Serena and Venus.


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10 August, 2016

In Life And At The Games, 'City of God' Strikes Gold

Shobhan Saxena

The victory of the Rafaela Silva was a symbol of change the favela has undergone in recent years.


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.

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