• Jnupolice JNU Charge Sheet: Officers Forget about Investigation, Get Liberal Arts Degrees

    An investigation reveals why it took three years for the Delhi police to file the charge sheet against Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid. The officers first assigned with the task loved the campus life and refused to leave.

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  • Tahalka Before Uri, Bollywood Learnt About Surgical Strikes From a 1992 Anil Sharma Film

    Before Vicky Kaushal asked, “How’s the josh?” in Uri, a lesser- known 1992 film introduced Bollywood to surgical strikes. While Uri is based on true events that unfolded in PoK in 2016, Tahalka takes inspiration from its director Anil Sharma’s overactive imagination.

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  • technologykids How I Lost My Kids to Technology (And Later Won Them Back)

    One day you’re the centre of your children’s universe – and then suddenly, you’re not. You’re never quite prepared for the way technology steals them away from you. They sit, their faces aglow in the light of their phone screens, chuckling to themselves. Like my kids, my overactive imagination is not my friend either.

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  • bestbus What Riding On the BEST Bus in An Age of Uber Taught Me

    The longest strike in BEST’s history means my commute to work has taken place in a comfy air-conditioned cab, which shows up on demand. I hate it. Others may have switched to cabs like a kid takes to fries, but I remain stubbornly loyal to the big red bus.

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  • patriarchy2 How I Have Shamefully Benefitted from Patriarchy

    Patriarchy benefits me in the tiny ways that it can benefit only upper-class, upper-caste Hindu women in India. I hate that most workplaces won’t treat me as equal, but I have to admit that it’s a relief to have the freedom to fail professionally, or even choose to have a career at all.

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  • michelleobama What Indian Politicians Can Learn from Michelle Obama’s Powerful Memoir “Becoming”

    Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming is a lesson in empathy, endurance, and elegance. It’s an exposition of her doctrine, “When they go low, we go high.” While I’d pretty much recommend the book to anyone I know, the people who’ll most benefit from it are our politicians – Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani, and Arvind Kejriwal.

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  • mumbai A Petition to Declare Mumbai a Work-from-Home City

    Why do we put up with shitty office WiFi, harrowing commutes, and weird coworkers when modern technology allows us to conduct our business while being simultaneously hugged by our blankets? Working from home is Mumbai’s three-word answer to saving the environment – and our sanity.

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  • hiranibiopic After Sexual Harassment Charge, Raju Hirani Plans Own Biopic as Defence

    Sources say, Boney Kapoor, who investigated the sexual harassment charge against filmmaker Raju Hirani, with the help of the now-defunct CID, will write the screenplay. Chetan Bhagat to write a novel based on movie when he gets an afternoon off.

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  • theviewat40newyear The View at 40 | Why the Year Hasn’t Begun Until You’ve Barfed

    The View at 40 is a weekly column on ageing ungracefully. This week, we discuss the new year, which barges in every January, demanding that you become better. It demands of us things that I’m not sure we have left anymore, and in return it offers only kale smoothies.

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  • Kanhaiya Kumar vs the State: A Brief History of Sedition in India

    Maybe there is more to the sedition charges against Kanhaiya Kumar and the JNU student-activists. The delay in the filing of the chargesheet smacks of convenient timing. With the General Elections just a few months away, expect hyper-nationalistic rhetoric to be dialled up, and accusations of “anti-Indian” practices to fly thick and fast.

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