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Pritish Nandy

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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 »

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Readying for the elections

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Pritish Nandy Things are getting hot, very hot as the elections come nearer. Can Rahul outwit Modi or will we have to live with NDA 2.0? Elections are funny things. Till the last minute no one knows what people will vote for. My experience, both as a voter and... More »

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On being a compulsive contrarian

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Pritish Nandy Let me start this column with a confession. I am what Arun Jaitley somewhat derisively described last week as “a compulsive contrarian”. While his description was meant to put down those who disagree with his government, I take it as a compliment... More »

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Not an Accidental Prime Minister

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Pritish Nandy Only in fairy tales, when you kiss a frog it becomes a handsome prince. In real life, rotten books remain, well, rotten books. They never miraculously turn into good films. That is why I went to watch The Accidental Prime Minister with zero expec... More »