Where the Swamy vs Chidambaram war all began

To mark the Modi sarkar's third anniversary of acche din -- which was feted by the country's business summit media -- the government laid out a day of "Raid Raj". Two key players in the Opposition -- Bihar politician Lalu Prasad Yadav and former Home Minister P. Chidambaram -- faced Income tax and Central Bureau of Investigation … Continue reading Where the Swamy vs Chidambaram war all began

Innocent Dangers of a post-Aadhaar World

It's heartening that we are having a roll-up-the-sleeves debate on Aadhaar, with views, counter-views being shared in the courts, media and elsewhere. For, whichever way this goes, history will record that India's civil society made a spirited attempt to tackle disturbing issues that affect us all -- the government's open defiance of the highest court of … Continue reading Innocent Dangers of a post-Aadhaar World

Why India’s middle class feels the domestic maid has “literally bought us”

India's middle class is quick to stand up for the national anthem, rail against the "lal batti", cry along with the families of martyred soldiers. But ask about their domestic help -- maid, servant, ayah, bai, guard, bhaiyya, didi -- and a stony response is all you will get. None of your business. We take good … Continue reading Why India’s middle class feels the domestic maid has “literally bought us”

`Sind Photo State’ and other stories from Mohenjo-daro

A year ago, I visited Mohenjo-daro. A few days ago, I read a report that marked the beginning of the annual restoration work at the World Heritage Site in Sindh, Pakistan. That brought back memories of a wonderful and exciting personal visit to the site last year. Here it is: "We nearly didn’t end up going to … Continue reading `Sind Photo State’ and other stories from Mohenjo-daro