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Pritish Nandy

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My language my identity

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Pritish Nandy Do we need a national language to unify us? Of course not. The many wonderful languages we have worked just as well. Playing with language is akin to playing with fire. It pleases me that the Home Minister has clarified that when he said Hindi mu... More »

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Less taxes, less corruption

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Pritish Nandy The finance minister did just right by cutting corporate taxes. Will she now set GST and IT right too? There’s a stupid belief that when companies make losses the best panacea is to hike prices. This is based on the naive premise that price hikes... More »

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Ignore Swamy at your risk

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Pritish Nandy Subramanian Swamy is an intriguing guy. Turning 80 this September, he remains as feisty and controversial as ever. and even though he is a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, unlike most of his party colleagues, you are unlikely to find him crawling on all fours... More »

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A new look at the environment?

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Pritish Nandy What a relief it was to watch survival instructor Bear Grylls grill the Prime Minister in the wilds of the Corbett National Park. There was no fawning. No convenient questions. No toadying up. Bear Grylls… via TOI Blog More »

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Who is powerful? Who is not?

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Pritish Nandy I love these annual power lists. I find them interesting. The people who they choose, and the people who choose them. Both intrigue me. For power is such a difficult thing to define, to appropriate…. via TOI Blog More »

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Is the state a heartless profiteer?

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Pritish Nandy Everyone has their eye on your car. Till now the danger was from a few carjackers who stole cars and sold them off to not-so-fussy buyers in far-off places, after changing the number plates and, if they are expert enough, the car’s embedded engin... More »

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What about a conscience tax?

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Pritish Nandy The Budget week is a good time to draw attention to what we all know but prefer to look away from– the growing menace of inequality. We have lived with it for so long that it is no longer part of our conversation. But it is now so big, the menace... More »

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Why Marie Kondo is wrong

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Pritish Nandy I am a poet. I hoard. I hoard memories. I hoard handwritten letters, old song books, scribbles that my kids did in school, report cards, fading photographs, first editions as well as torn second hand books, maps bought on the streets of London, f... More »

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A time for course correction

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Pritish Nandy It’s no use trying to guess the outcome of the ongoing election. But, like most journalists, I have a reasonable idea where we are heading, now that polling is over in 424 seats out of 543 and 5 phases have been concluded. It is not just us; poli... More »

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Alexa, who will win this election?

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Pritish Nandy In 2014, when Narendra Modi was loudly declaiming across the country, in his by-now familiar aggressive tone, how he would Marie Kondo the Indian political scene, ridding it of all the dirt and corruption, everybody (including me) was eager to be... More »

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You want to be a chowkidar? Really?

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Pritish Nandy To understand politics, one needs to occasionally refer to etymology. Today’s sudden nationwide obsession with chowkidars begs the question is: Who is a chowkidar? The OED, the world’s most respected authority on language, describes a chowkidar a... More »

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The purposeless of war

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Pritish Nandy 55 years back Satyajit Ray made a great film on the purposelessness of war; yet we have learnt nothing from it Two years after Charu Majumdar’s Naxalbari uprising and six years before Indira Gandhi’s Emergency-… via TOI Blog More »