Fifth Column: Endangered democracy
When the Dictator’s grandson now makes reckless charges, he needs to be reminded of that one period of Indian history when democracy nearly died.
What a lovely interview.
The most interesting travel stories, I’ve often felt, aren’t the journeys you make to some exotic location faraway. It is those you undertake to a known place, where the landscape might have changed, but your feet recognise the terrain underneath.
extremely long read, but very very well written.
Allegri. How I wish we get him.
What is important is shape and discipline and instincts. Your instincts are most important, I think. When I don’t trust my own instincts, when I doubt myself, that’s when I make mistakes. As a manager, you learn the most from failure.
An incredible ground report from Karnataka.
fascinating and depressing at the same time.
Mark Manson on self-awareness.
Iyer recalls being stunned by his mention of sanitation as a top priority for the new Government. “My wife and I were blown away by the Prime Minister putting Swachh Bharat on the top of the agenda. At the end of the PM’s speech, although I had no real hopes, I told my wife that I should be back in India,” he says
Cannot emphasise enough how much this article means to me. A dream of a lifetime.
The model recommended by the Venkatachaliah Commission can be implemented to replace the collegium. But it is impermissible to not amend the Constitution but simultaneously and consistently adopt a confrontational attitude with the collegium.
In the case of the North Korean missile crisis, the provocations of Trump and Kim fed off each other to create an unacceptably high risk of a major catastrophe. The fact that the face-off did not lead to disaster, and, in fact, seems to have brought about some good, does not mean that either of the gentlemen is to be complimented for their high-wire acts.
Remarkably well written article.
Millennials will indeed destroy the world.
A ground report from Rasana village by two journalists. Raises many questions and doubts on the accusations made in the chargesheet. Must read.
Charles Assisi has given us, the readers of the beloved Mint on Sunday aplenty ‘life hacks’. If this was the last issue of MoS, what a fitting end to it.
What is the most important thing in our life? Or what makes us happy? Assisi tries to break it down as always and leaves us thinking and helps to break it down for us.
congratulations on your Pulitzer at the age of 30! very very well deserved!
Distraught and horrified that there exists humans that can commit acts this heinous. No punishment is enough for these sick and deranged. Humans let you down Asifa.
Bureaucrats like him make a difference.
A tribute to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
Finally, as if to make amends, he recently donated his entire salary of the tenure, close to Rs 90 lakh, to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. This again turns out to be a meaningless act. The amount is a minute fraction of his net worth, and what is the virtue in making amends that come at no cost or sacrifice? For six years, he occupied a position that comes with duties, and what does it say about someone who thought it was alright to ignore these?
In this world, everything is public relations, and the more shameless the charade the better because people will believe whatever is in their interest to believe.
Ezra’s hard hitting questions coupled with honest, upfront answers by Zuckerberg makes this a good read. A takeaway from this interview is that Zuck has realised how important his company is on a global viewpoint and how his role will be looked at and scrutinised henceforth in the future.
Facebook is in deep trouble. The kind of trouble that threatens its very existence. Despite its two billion users (half of the global internet population), it is far from having consolidated its service as WeChat did in China. Zuckerberg might not have the time to achieve that goal.
What to believe?
A comprehensive, thorough analysis of CA’s proposal to the INC for the upcoming elections. Quite interesting.
Manu Joseph talks on the rarely discussed topic of male bonding and its subsequent defamation. Must read.
quite probably, better than any other thing that you would have read in the recent past.
Samiuddin goes after Waugh - Ponting - Smith era and how. Spectacular. Absolute gold.
Kohli, commenting on such inane speculations, himself puts it best: ‘Everyone makes choices. You choose what you do. Some choose good some choose bad. Bad is easier.’ His concluding statement is, perhaps, most revealing: ‘I am a hero at personal convenience.’
That freedom to paint a rounded, flesh-and- blood portrait is the most precious thing a biographer has.
The Australian public has a line, too. And with their culture of sledging, whingeing, hypocrisy and arrogance, our cricketers have been head-butting it for so long that they have become an insufferable national migraine.