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  • Since India’s growth rate shot past China’s, it is easy for the Twitter-happy, mall-roaming, ever-aspirational urban Indian to believe that reports of cows on the roads are a western conspiracy and poverty may soon be a thing of the past. It would be even harder, for this proud person, to believe that there are Indians without a radio or bicycle, let alone a television or scooter.
  • Feb 18, 2015 20:44 IST

    Concerns of India's underclass could drive country's political narrative

    Since India’s growth rate shot past China’s, it is easy for the Twitter-happy, mall-roaming, ever-aspirational urban Indian to believe that reports of cows on the roads are a western conspiracy and poverty may soon be a thing of the past. It would be even harder, for this proud person, to believe that there are Indians without a radio or bicycle, let alone a television or scooter.

  • Ahmedabad
    Jan 14, 2015 22:58 IST

    What a movie, cabbie, saint, viral post tell about faith in India

    A new film tries to exploit street bigotry, but it will be hard for bigots to pull apart fraying but still strong bonds among communities, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • Phone
    Dec 10, 2014 21:21 IST

    Let's be adults, let's talk about tackling porn

    There are three questions around banning porn: How do you define porn? Is porn responsible for violence against women? Can you really stop the flow of porn? Asks Samar Halarnkar.

  • Massive Dust Storm
    Oct 29, 2014 22:57 ISTMahabharat

    Impatience creeps in, aspiring India stressed and dissatisfied

    A feeling of impatience appears to be spreading among Indians; perhaps, emerging in the form of ever-rising political expectations, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • kashmir floods
    Sep 17, 2014 23:34 ISTMahabharat

    Moment of truth: Floods expose the great divide in J-K

    Natural calamities are times of great truth, of togetherness, of closing ranks, of forgetting hatred and bitterness. Unfortunately, the J-K floods initially appeared to be enhancing the bitterness between Kashmiris and other Indians, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • Modi
    Aug 13, 2014 22:50 IST

    Unless PM Modi soothes nerves, bad days may be coming

    Unless Prime Minister Narendra Modi says something special, soothing and truly inclusive, from the ramparts of the Red Fort tomorrow, divisiveness in India will grow exponentially, writes Samar Harlankar.

  • Rajdhani Express, Bihar
    Jun 25, 2014 22:11 ISTMahabharat

    BJP's high-speed rail plans and fare hike could save Railways

    India’s railways have been a victim to politics of another extreme: Mindless populism. This is why you hear the tired objections to the fare increases from the BJP’s own allies and the Congress, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • Narendra Modi, Varanasi
    Jun 11, 2014 22:23 ISTMahabharat

    Liberal, secular and Indian in the age of PM Modi

    I may not any longer visit temples, but I do regard myself a Hindu, in the broad sense of tradition, pride and culture, a position not far from the fashionable position of the newly triumphant religious Right. Samar Halarnkar writes.

  • Khagrabari village violence
    May 07, 2014 23:21 ISTMahabharat

    Let's say it for India, my name is Khan

    India is becoming increasingly suspicious and intolerant of those who do not conform to the strident view of things, spurred by the sly and not-so-sly pronouncements of politicians this poll season, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • Eid at Agra
    Apr 24, 2014 00:24 IST

    For all to see: India's prejudices in poll season

    It may be currently spurred by the BJP and its allies, but the hate speech of the election season is only a reflection of India’s deep-seated prejudices and discriminatory practices against its own citizens, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • Brick factory worker
    Apr 09, 2014 22:46 ISTmahabharat

    Employment: India’s electorate's chief demand

    A slew of opinion polls have identified jobs as the chief demand of India’s electorate; not the kind provided by digging ditches and road shoulders but meaningful work with some hope for a better quality of life, Samar Halarnkar writes.

  • Missing Malaysian Airline, MH370
    Mar 12, 2014 23:53 IST

    Morbid fascination with jet shows growing reliability of aviation

    You are fascinated with MH370 because modern commercial aircraft rarely crash. Taking a flight is far safer than taking a train or driving a car. Anyone with a fear of flying is either being silly, writes Samar Halarnkar.

  • leopard
    Feb 26, 2014 22:04 ISTCurfew in Meerut

    Leopard on loose: Encounters with wildlife warning of accelerating crisis

    Monday’s curfew, although it was not so declared, was over something quite extraordinary: A terrified male leopard that had mauled five people. Samar Halarnkar writes.

  • Feb 13, 2014 00:06 ISTmahabharat

    Tree of Hinduism under threat from concerted effort to prune it

    Consider Penguin India’s decision to destroy copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, if somewhat contentious, portrait of the Indian majority, by Wendy Doniger, a professor with doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian studies. Samar Halarnkar writes.

  • Army personnel inspecting the site where militants planted IED Srinagar-Muzaffarabad, capital of POK
    Jan 29, 2014 20:54 IST

    To secure Kashmir, India should sacrifice the guilty

    Anything related to the killing of innocents in Kashmir becomes part of a conspiracy of silence that allows soldiers and other security officials to commit excesses and get away with it.