Questions on capital punishment: “Subtle and sure is the eternal warning that should such questions be ignored by the era it speaks to, time will find its own way of considering them. The answers that come thereof may not bode well for a modern, Constitutional nation-state”   Stroke after swipe, one after another, a chisel …

Yesterday was the first time I wept at the death of a public personality. I kept asking myself what it was about Dr Kalam that shook me up this way. Being a sentimental chap, I would have grieved anyway at Dr Kalam’s death, but the grief came more readily, I thought, as the leader who …

    “Today India recovers her soul after centuries of serfdom and resumes her ancient name”, enthused an editorial in the Hindustan Times on the 26th of January 1950. “Hail our sovereign republic… A day of fulfilment… Good wishes from far and near… Rejoicings all over.” 66 successful years as a republic, we have much …

With the sun tucking itself beneath the six o’clock sky, voting machines across 41 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies received their final intimations. Chimes from theSandhya Aarti at the Kashi Vishwananth mandir mingled with the Azaan from the Alamgiri masjid in the warm and wearied air of Varanasi. The largest democratic exercise on earth has finally come to …