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Santosh Desai

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Kashmir: What Now?

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Santosh Desai The abrogation of Article 370, whatever one’s position on the subject, is now a done deal. Barring an intervention from the Supreme Court, a decisive step has been taken and there is no going back. Given the volatile nature of the Kashmir issue a... More »

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BJP: Congress in the making?

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Santosh Desai Is the BJP increasingly beginning to resemble the Congress party in an increasing number of areas? It may not have a dynasty, and unlike the Congress, might have a visceral distaste for the minorities, but in many structural ways, the resemblance... More »

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Surrounded by screens?

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Santosh Desai There was a small video snippet that had gone viral a few years ago. It showed an infant looking at a magazine and jabbing it with its finger trying to make something happen. Alas, newsprint is no touchscreen, but as a sign of the times, it is ha... More »

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DLS: Just one more variable?

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Santosh Desai One of the prime sources of the discussion during the India- New Zealand match was about the incomprehensible animal called the Duckworth Lewis Stern system, which could potentially have come into play had the game continued on the first day. Alm... More »

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On hacking as way of life

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Santosh Desai The idea of hackers and hacking is all around us today. From films that depict keyboard geniuses out to destroy the world or save it (the so-called black-hat hackers and the white-hat ones) to it being used as shorthand for ways of engineering ou... More »

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Is smaller better?

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Santosh Desai There was a time when cricket lovers would fantasise about the kind of team that would have been possible to put together if India and Pakistan had not been partitioned. The combination of Indian batsmen and Pakistani bowlers, the prevailing wisd... More »

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Opposition’s Long Winter?

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Santosh Desai The overwhelming nature of Mr Modi’s victory has silenced the Opposition, as is understandable. To win a significantly higher number of seats than 2014, in spite of the show of unity put on by regional parties in some key states, and to do so in ... More »

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Putting the National In Nationalism?

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Santosh Desai One of the key take-outs from the overwhelming victory won by Mr Modi is that there seems to be a clear separation of what is seen as a national imperative with what constitutes the local. The fact that the BJP lost so many states in the Hindi he... More »

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An aura of invincibility?

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Santosh Desai What does this massive victory really about? Apart from the fact that the unexpectedness of its sheer scale and sweep makes most analysts look foolish, what does it say about the politics of the day? What are voters looking for that they have fou... More »

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New Elite vs Liberals: The Rift Widens

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Santosh Desai Narendra Modi’s resounding victory is above all his own. This is a vote that has risen above regional and caste considerations, and signalled its strong preference for a single leader. But Modi’s win-all marks other victories. The TV anchor has w... More »

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The future as flow?

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Santosh Desai Technology has a way of making radical change feel matter-of-factly incremental. The arrival of the digital world has enhanced our capabilities in ways that are profound, but this dramatic change is consumed as if it… via TOI Blog More »

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A mango state of mind?

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Santosh Desai The second most contentious subject in India, after politics, is mangoes. Every summer, respective camps start waging their campaigns, and as is the norm today, things quickly descend into name-calling. So, at the very outset, it is important to ... More »