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Quick Comment: India Can Soothe The Neighbourhood

Sri Lanka is expected to be placed under default by rating agencies after the non-payment of coupons on two of its sovereign bonds last month. Worse, in a statement that threatens daily life in the country, the energy minister informed the parliament that the country has run out of money to pay for fuel. This is the first time that the country is facing such a crisis since gaining independence from British rule...

Don’t Be A ‘Covidiot’

The title of this editorial comes from this particular tweet on the official Twitter page of the League of India: DON’T BE #covidiots #SocialDistanacing #JantaCurfew pic.twitter.com/YUJPXXjNai — League of India (@league_of_india) March 21, 2020 The prime minister, in a televised address to the nation, announced a ‘Janata Curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm Sunday, 22 March, to stop the spread of coronavirus...

After Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, MP Begs Constitutional Reflection

With the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath yesterday after a mass resignation of 22 MLAs of his party, we are fast approaching a place where it becomes imperative for the constitutional experts to rethink the ‘Anti-Defection Law’ as an antithesis to the subterfuge of the mandate given by the electorate. In 1967, the phrase ‘Aaya Ram Gaya Ram’ attained widespread circulation in...

Film Review: Dil Bechara Makes You Relive Your Most Glorious Loss

Excerpt: Cancer can be painful, in every which way. Death, for those around the severely pained, in contrast, can often be a case of pain alleviation. Because the loss, for them, makes way for the restoration of ‘the good in entirety’, which was being disfigured bit by bit, right in front of their fatigued eyes. Director Mukesh Chhabra’s Dil Bechara, an average film that is replete with cinematic...

A Just Culmination

Akshay Thakur, 31, Pawan Gupta, 25, Vinay Sharma, 26, and Mukesh Singh, 32, were hanged at 05:30 AM on March 20, 2020, giving closure to the family of a young medical student who was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus in Delhi in 2012. Recollect what happened on that appalling night on December 16, 2012, to realize how the culmination of the justice process was a just one: “[…] drunk men dragged Nirbhaya...

Film Review: Bachchan And Lucknow Pull The Quaint Gulabo Sitabo

Excerpt: The thing with character-driven films is that they often expect the characters to fill up for the story itself. Sometimes it works, most often it does not. In Gulabo Sitabo, it works only in those parts where either Amitabh Bachchan or the Lucknawi essence holds us by the arms. Some years from now, those are the only two things that we might remember about this whimsical film. And therein lies its principal...