articles by Aashray Hariharan

Politics

Karnataka poll results: BS Yeddyurappa is chief minister, but history has lessons for leaders without numbers

If Yeddyurappa doesn't manage to retain power beyond the window offered, it could be the second time that the Lingayat strongman is forced to step down after an all-too-brief stint as chief minister.

World

Donald Trump wants a military parade in Washington: US set to join France, Russia and China with show of strength

Donald Trump, that most Russian of all US presidents, has a new idea, one that seems straight out of a closed door meeting at the Kremlin during the Cold War: Holding a military parade to showcase the armed forces' muscle

Entertainment

A Futile and Stupid Gesture: Netflix biopic on National Lampoon's Doug Kenney shows comedy is no laughing matter

A Futile And Stupid Gesture serves as a commentary on the life and times of a comedian whose meteoric genius meant the bar was always set too high — so high that he himself failed trying to do better | #FirstCulture

World

Donald Trump's first State of Union speech low on data; US president uses jingoism, emotion to tide over lack of facts

Instead of citing data to back up claims of a roaring economy, more jobs, better national security, Donald Trump lauded American patriots and luminaries, only deflecting attention away from his own failing regime

World

Donald Trump's claims, Virat Kohli's invincibility, Jallikattu row: The bizarre year that was 2017

Considering how 2017 was, maybe getting through a year without being shot, maimed, mugged, fired, burnt or impeached is the new measure of success #YearInReview

Politics

How Hardik Patel could use his sex tape and 'premarital sex' accusations to his political benefit

And herein lies Hardik Patel's political opportunity. He should just continue saying what he has been; claim there is nothing wrong or immoral about premarital sex.

Politics

BJP's politically-motivated appropriation of Vallabhbhai Patel's legacy sits on historically flimsy grounds

Sardar Patel had disparaging things to say about the RSS, and his dislike for the Sangh was no secret. A 'beacon of secularism', he had an extreme dislike for the RSS, and even banned it in 1948 following Gandhi's assassination

Life

Man Booker Prize 2017 long-list reading guide: The magic of Zadie Smith's Swing Time

Zadie Smith's Swing Time is about two girls on the wrong side of town, who meet early in life and become thick friends after learning they are essentially two peas in an extremely racist pod. | The Man Booker Prize

Life

A State Of Freedom: A novel in five parts, about displacement, migration and conflict

A State Of Freedom is a series of five very vaguely inter-connected stories. They intersect but so tenuously that it's almost like reading separate short stories. Themes of displacement, migration, and the desire for a better life bind them together

Entertainment

Jattu Engineer movie review: Take a bow, Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhji Insaan

Make absolutely no mistake about this: Saint Dr Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhji Insaan is a filmmaker at the very peak of his immense powers. It is one thing to even conceive of a project as ambitious as Jattu Engineer; but to pull it off with the aplomb that he has, is indication of a director who has transcended rare cinematic heights.

Politics

BMC Election 2017: For a city that can't be bothered to vote, Mumbai deserves the life it offers

Mumbai's reputation for being a city that just can't be bothered to get involved with the electoral process has been well documented, and perhaps the only surprising thing now is that we still continue to get surprised by these abysmal statistics

World

Coverage of Isro's 104-satellite launch still betrays New York Times' condescension

About two and a half years later, after Isro launched a world record 104 satellites into space in just 18 minutes, The Times of India hit back at NYT.

Entertainment

MSG Lion Heart 2 'review': Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh launches another surgical strike on cinema

Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab: MSG Lion Heart 2 is a difficult film to describe, but we tried our very best

Sports

Gareth Southgate as England manager shows international football has no takers anymore

The incredible weight of expectations mean that the England manager’s job is a poisoned chalice, one that everybody praises but nobody is quite ready to sip from. It might be highly cited, revered and recognised, but hardly coveted.

First Cricket News

Alastair Cook is the most capped Englishman; is Sachin Tendulkar's world record in danger?

Alastair Cook is ready for a long and bountiful Test career and may soon upstage Sachin Tendulkar as the most capped Test player of all time record.

Life

Aravind Adiga's Selection Day is brilliant and poignant. It is also beset by flaws

Aravind Adiga's Selection Day is an accomplished if flawed portrayal of life in Mumbai, life in cricket, and life as a cynic

Sports

India vs New Zealand: Rise of the bits-and-pieces all-rounder spells bad news for Kiwi cricket

The bits-and-pieces all-rounder is an intrinsic part of ODI and T20 cricket, but someone who has no place in Tests

Sports

India vs Zimbabwe: How the 'young' MS Dhoni-led squad fared in IPL 2016

Let's take a look at how the 'young' India squad for the tour of Zimbabwe fared in the recently-concluded IPL 2016.

First Cricket News

Language of cricket: BCCI's insistence on Hindi-speaking coach is confusing

The BCCI has said language is paramount. In a nine-point list of favourable attributes it wishes to see in candidates applying for role of chief coach of Team India, it prioritised knowledge of Hindi