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Jaipur LitFest 2016: Fear and loathing in a sea of prose, poetry and tea (real or imagined)

Jan 31, 2016

Jaipur LitFest 2016: Fear and loathing in a sea of prose, poetry and tea (real or imagined)

Once every year, book-lovers from around the world gather in Jaipur like a cult gathering for some sacred annual ritual. This year I went to the city to cover this ritual, the "world's largest free literature festival", the Jaipur Literature Festival. #TheLongView #William Dalrymple #Jaipur Literature Festival #Jaipur #JLF #Stephen Fry #Colm Toibin #2016 #Margaret Atwood #Marlon James #FWeekend #Christophe Jefferlot #Don McCullin #Jonathan Shainin #David Grossman
The review that wasn't: Forty years after Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala

Dec 22, 2015

The review that wasn't: Forty years after Kesavananda Bharati vs the State of Kerala

In this two-part series, Firstpost looks at a landmark episode in Indian constitutional history, the Kesavananda Bharati case and its subsequent review, the 40th anniversary of which occurred recently. This part covers the controversial review that never was, and the legacy. #TheLongView #Supreme Court #Indira Gandhi #Emergency #Kerala government #Constitution of India #Kesavananda Bharati #Nani Palkhivala
Firstpost Investigation: Were the Chennai floods a government-made disaster?

Dec 14, 2015

Firstpost Investigation: Were the Chennai floods a government-made disaster?

Firstpost spent a week reporting from Chennai during the floods, during which time former bureaucrats, environmentalists, urban planners and citizens suggested that the citys administration was to blame for the disaster. Inquiries revealed that these complaints bore merit #TheLongView #Urban planning #Pollution #Urban Development #Chennai Floods #Corporation of Chennai #Adyar River #Chennai City Development Plan-2009 #Chembarambakkam reservoir
We, suitably intolerant Indians: The confessions of a gau-rakshak

Dec 01, 2015

We, suitably intolerant Indians: The confessions of a gau-rakshak

We, gau-rakshaks see the crimes against the cow and family first-hand. The crimes are unspeakable, and we are all suitably intolerant of them in keeping with our right to remain human #TheLongView #Intolerance #cattle smuggling #cattle mafia #gau-rakshak #Gau Gyan Foundation
Tainted Louis Berger official was also involved in Rs 3000 crore worth Goa airport consultancy project

Jul 27, 2015

Tainted Louis Berger official was also involved in Rs 3000 crore worth Goa airport consultancy project

Former Louis Berger official James McClung, who has pleaded guilty to a US court for paying $ 976,630 in bribes to a yet-unnamed Goa politician and officials in 2010 for a multi-billion dollar water and sewage management project, was also the pointsman for another project, the Rs. 3000 crore worth Mopa Greenfield airport in Goa, in which the New Jersey-based firm was appointed technical consultant. #TheLongView #Goa #Dubai #airport #Bribes #Louis Berger #James McClung #Richard Hirsch #Mopa Greenfield
Aging abroad: Indians fashion their own retirement communities in the US

Jul 27, 2015

Aging abroad: Indians fashion their own retirement communities in the US

I am domesticated, broken, tamed, Arun Pancholi said. But as he speaks, his cheeks break into playful dimples. With a baseball hat stylishly cocked on his head, he looks like a mischievous middle-schooler. I am on the inside, he says with a twinkle in his eye, I am done for. #Silicon Valley #TheLongView #Florida #Aging #senior citizens #Retirement Homes
IS burns Jordanian Pilot alive: Middle East's Descent into Chaos and Disorder?

Feb 06, 2015

IS burns Jordanian Pilot alive: Middle East's Descent into Chaos and Disorder?

he terrible immolation of a Jordanian pilot by the IS reflects the conjuncture of globalization, pre-emptive war, and the slippage of the deep state in the Middle East. #globalisation #Islam #TheLongView #Middle East #islamic-state #IS #Jordanian pilot #Clash of civilsations #World
Role of a strong single mother: Did Modi get President Obama's mann ki baat?

Jan 28, 2015

Role of a strong single mother: Did Modi get President Obama's mann ki baat?

As the son of a single mother, a boy who was raised by a dynamic grandmother and the husband to the formidably independent Michelle, Obama has been surrounded by strong women all his life. #Michelle Obama #Barack Obama #TheLongView #Narendra Modi #Mann Ki Baat #World #India #US
PM Narendra Modi dominated 2014, but can he conquer 2015 as well?

Jan 01, 2015

PM Narendra Modi dominated 2014, but can he conquer 2015 as well?

2014 has been the year of Modi, but his achievements have all been in politics and foreign policy rather than in economics of reformist legislation. In 2015, these ought to be his focus. It is a do-or-die year for his stewardship of India. #TheLongView #Sangh Parivar #economic reforms #2014 elections #Rajya Sabha Disruptions #2014 Year End #Top Stories #Modi's Year #Looking Ahead