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Pritish Nandy

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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 »

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What Rahul brings to the table

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Pritish Nandy I am not a fortune teller. I cannot tell you whether Rahul Gandhi will win the 2019 elections. Nor can I tell you whether Narendra Modi will make a victorious comeback after five years of letting us all down. But one thing is clear: Despite all t... More »

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Promising less is more in this election

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Pritish Nandy Is Rahul Gandhi a janeudhari Hindu? Or is he simply faking it? Is he visiting all these temples across India and bowing and scraping before the seers there just to try and impress the 80 per cent Hindu vote or is he really a deeply spiritual pers... More »

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A brief London break

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Pritish Nandy I woke up this morning to newspapers announcing that Boris Johnson has called Theresa May’s current Brexit deal negotiations a fresh set of lies. May, on the other hand, has threatened to confront the “gang of five” Cabinet Brexiteers by saying s... More »

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Avni: A wanton killing

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Pritish Nandy The killing of Avni has outraged people across the nation because, in a sense, it represents the same senseless violence that appears to have gripped us in recent years. And the politics behind this tragic killing appears to have the same sense o... More »

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Stop Hindi imperialism

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Pritish Nandy “English is an awful disease left behind by the British”, said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu at a Hindi Divas event last fortnight. He didn’t leave it at that. Or we could have dismissed it as just another thoughtless metaphor littering Swachh ... More »