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Who’s afraid of refugees?

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen is an American writer and author of the bestselling novel, The Sympathizer. He came to America with his family in the summer of 1975 after a long and arduous journey from the war ravaged Vietnam.Nguyen’s debut novel has created quite a sensation in literary circles and gone on...
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A battle of perceptions

  • Thanks to my solitary existence, I often end up spending endless hours watching television. I keep telling myself to get a life and do something useful and worthwhile like read a book or go for a walk. But, as many of you would agree, it’s not easy resisting the charms of the so-called idiot box...
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A battle for India’s soul

  • Isn’t it strange that the BJP-led nationalist government has turned to a hated colonial law that the British repeatedly used to punish thousands of Indian freedom fighters including Gandhi and which Nehru condemned in parliament as ‘highly objectionably and obnoxious’? But stranger things have...
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The ghosts of Ayodhya

  • He does not make men like Harsh Mander too often. Every time one’s belief in India’s fabled tolerance and magnanimity as a nation comes under strain a tad bit, every time one finds it restored because of noble, selfless and generous spirits like him. There is hope for the great democracy as long...
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The two ideas of India

  • Nisaar main teri galiyon pe aye watan ke jahanChali hai rasm ke koi na sar utha ke chaleJo koi chahne wala tawaaf ko nikleNazar chura ke chale; jism-o-jan bacha ke chaleHai ahle dil ke liye ab yeh nazm-e-basto kushadKe sang-o-khisht muqayyad hain aur sag aazadBohat hai zulm ke dast-e-bahana ju ke...
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Coping with a meaty issue

  • Since time immemorial, people have been killed for what they believed in. We are all familiar with the stories of how early Christians were thrown before hungry lions by the Romans to the delight of cheering mobs. Patriarch Abraham was flung into a raging inferno by Nimrod. The early believers of...
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India’s disturbing message

  • The more things change in the great republic of ours the more they remain the same. Many had suspected it when Afzal Guru from Kashmir was quietly hanged and buried inside the Tihar Jail in February 2013, ahead of the general elections. And now as Yakub Memon is being ready to be executed after...
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Circle of hell called Syria

  • The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year this March, a fact barely registered around the world. Syria may not have entirely disappeared from the radars of the world community and world powers but the focus and direction of their engagement has certainly shifted. The international focus is no...
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Power of the ordinary

  • In the right light and at the right time, reasoned Wendy Magruder, everything is extraordinary. So what turns ordinary into extraordinary? How do ordinary, commonplace people suddenly find themselves touched by greatness? There is nothing extraordinary about Arvind Kejriwal. The man epitomizes...
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Free speech or freedom to abuse?

  • Being a member of the tribe that earns its living by the pen, I cherish free speech. A journalist and writer is nothing without his freedom—the freedom to speak his mind, freedom to take a stand and speak truth to power. As someone who has paid a price for exercising this freedom, one knows how...
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