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Scenes from the devised play This Will Only Take Several Minutes
Three cities, three scripts

Three cities, three young groups, three productions, three ways of creating a script. Recently in Chennai, watching Theatre Nisha’s dramatisation of Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’s’ epic poem on Karna, Rashm

15 Apr 2017

Picking your 2th....  as you grin and bear it!

Here’s the problem. You have seven toothpicks on a table arranged in such a way as to make two adjacent squares one on top of the other like the number 8 in calculator typeface.

15 Apr 2017

China uses foreign policy as double-edged weapon to spite India, fight dissidence at home

China’s absolutist diplomatic regime and Indian democracy’s transparent diplomacy have rarely witnessed any degree of convergence in recent years.

15 Apr 2017

Afghanistan simmers as Trump administration dithers

While the Trump Administration has, since it assumed office, focused its attention primarily on ISIS, there is no clarity as yet on how it intends to deal with Afghanistan, where over 8,000 US troops

15 Apr 2017

A chasm nurtured by dynastic democracy

Old habits die hard. Especially when one belongs to the tribe of what is referred to as the ruling class.

15 Apr 2017

Modi’s vision of a ‘New India’ fires the imagination of youth

The BJP completes its 37th year this month and continues to exude a robust index of growth and self-renewal.

15 Apr 2017

All schooling and no play dulls  our children’s development

Parents in urban India are rather invariably keen to send their child to ‘school’ at the earliest. Their fondest desire is to see their child speaking English at the earliest.

08 Apr 2017

Will Muslims lay the first brick for Ram temple’s foundation?

No issue has been flogged and branded more than the one concerning Ram Janam Bhoomi in Ayodhya.

08 Apr 2017

Need a collaborative policy and action crowdsourcing

A decade back, when a leading government institution’s efforts to establish an overseas campus was curtailed, with unmet demand in India being cited as one of the reasons, a former Director of a leadi

08 Apr 2017

China’s naval shadow on Indian ocean region challenges Delhi

Many years ago a Chinese General in charge of safeguarding his country’s energy supplies had snapped: “The Indian Ocean is not India’s Ocean”.

08 Apr 2017

The sands of time has our footprints!

A long time back when I was a teenager (in the 17th century) and water balloons and Holi had just been invented this is what we did.

08 Apr 2017

Sexual harassment laws require  more teeth, stringent application

True Akshay, this time Twinkle’s punch was harder! Well, pretty much required, too. High-profile cases make people talk more and come forward to report unjustified happenings.

01 Apr 2017

Lackadaisical UN governance needs overhaul to deal with the scourge of terrorism

The recent London terror attack on the Westminster Bridge in the vicinity of the British Parliament by a standalone terrorist, Khalid Masood, a former English teacher at the Saudi Embassy, clearly sho

01 Apr 2017

Hare-brained schemata 

There’s this guy who’s a proud owner of a certain number of rabbits and also the proud father of three sons who for some reason are expert logicians.

01 Apr 2017

Suu Kyi seeks ethnic peace as insurgents step up pressures

Recent elections in Manipur have led for the first time to the election of a BJP-led government, where the new chief minister appears keen to adopt an inclusive approach to deal with tensions with the

01 Apr 2017

Meat of the matter: Vote bank politics behind crackdown delay

Who would have thought that closing down of unauthorised slaughterhouses and butcheries would have raised such a storm not quite in a teacup?

01 Apr 2017

Logical pill poppers and their colourful prescription!

We’ve just been discussing our health,” says A, “and found that between us we share the same five complaints, and the same prescribed tablets for them.

25 Mar 2017

India must act on Pakistani plans to make Gilgit-Baltistan the fifth province

Track two talks with Pakistan is fast becoming a profitable cottage industry in this country.

25 Mar 2017

When textbooks fill coffers and kill joy of learning

Textbooks are the pivot of modern-day education systems.

25 Mar 2017

Poets and prophets aren’t subject to copyright laws

In the film Il Postino, the village postman gives the girl he loves a poem he passes off as his own, though it has been written by Pablo Neruda.

25 Mar 2017

Lack of clear policy leads to silence on the Baloch front

The reference to Balochistan in the PM’s 2016 Independence Day speech triggered speculation over possible Indian support for the Baloch cause.

25 Mar 2017

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