Manas Chakravarty

The PM’s speech in Toronto contained the analogy that while India and Canada growing separately would be a2 + b2, when joined together in friendship they would be (a+b)2 which equals a2 +2ab+b2, with the synergy giving an extra 2ab.

Articles by Manas Chakravarty

Who are the biggest buyers of gold in India?

World Gold Council says India’s gold demand was what supported the global market in Q1 2017, but where in India does the gold go to?
An employee arranges gold jewellery in the counter.(REUTERS)
An employee arranges gold jewellery in the counter.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 30, 2017 02:02 PM IST
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The other side of the triple talaq debate

‘We’re merely trying to improve the ease of doing business, in this case the divorce business. Just think of all those huge divorce costs, the enormous waste of time. Triple talaq cuts through all that red tape’
Muslim women offering namaz(PTI)
Muslim women offering namaz(PTI)
Published on Sep 17, 2016 07:04 PM IST

A cock and bull story: Time to hire a beef sniffer to sort out this cow mess

It has been decided to recruit beef sniffers to augment our police force with immediate effect. Selected candidates will be part of an elite commando unit
The selected beef sniffers will go through a rigorous training course, at the successful conclusion of which they will be awarded the degree of BB (Bachelor of Beef)(HT)
The selected beef sniffers will go through a rigorous training course, at the successful conclusion of which they will be awarded the degree of BB (Bachelor of Beef)(HT)
Updated on Sep 11, 2016 10:48 AM IST

It is anti-national to deny us paternity leave

China has recently allowed dads in Beijing up to 15 days of paternity leave. Surely our nationalist government will not allow itself to be beaten by our eastern rival on paternity leave?
Prince William took six weeks of paternity leave when his second child was born
Prince William took six weeks of paternity leave when his second child was born
Updated on Aug 28, 2016 01:15 AM IST

A Kashmir policy with Baltistan, owls and chickens

From now on, anybody talking about Kashmir will have to talk about Balochistan and Baltistan
Balochistan has been the game-changer(AFP)
Balochistan has been the game-changer(AFP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2016 11:22 PM IST

Swarg me charcha: How independent India looks like from really high up

When Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Subhas Chandra Bose saw the independent India on the 69th anniversary of Independence Day, here’s how the conversation went:
India celebrates its 69th anniversary of Independence Day on this August 15(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
India celebrates its 69th anniversary of Independence Day on this August 15(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 13, 2016 07:37 PM IST

25 years of reforms: The role of hard liquor

Opening up the economy has proved to be a blessing. It is these fine spirits, generously imbibed, that impart the warm optimistic glow and confidence so necessary to get the economy galloping away
Today we have Tiger and Cobra beer. You can get Grey Goose and Snow Leopard vodka. We have Royal Stag and White Horse and Black Dog and Wild Turkey. In short, we now have an abundance of animal spirits(Mint Photo)
Today we have Tiger and Cobra beer. You can get Grey Goose and Snow Leopard vodka. We have Royal Stag and White Horse and Black Dog and Wild Turkey. In short, we now have an abundance of animal spirits(Mint Photo)
Updated on Jul 31, 2016 03:30 PM IST

TS Eliot and the tax treatment of the brain

Sceptics will ask how a brain is to be valued. Well, if market analysts know the fair value of a share, if the government knows the fair value of telecom spectrum, they can easily value a brain
TS Eliot wrote that April is the cruellest month, because they deducted so much of his salary in March to pay taxes he had no money left. The poor chap was a bank clerk, which explains how he found the time to write poetry, but I guess he wasn’t paid much(Getty Images)
TS Eliot wrote that April is the cruellest month, because they deducted so much of his salary in March to pay taxes he had no money left. The poor chap was a bank clerk, which explains how he found the time to write poetry, but I guess he wasn’t paid much(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 23, 2016 11:06 PM IST

Risky things that politicians have said

Mahatma Gandhi had an impish sense of humour. His quip when asked what he thought of Western civilization — “I think it’s a good idea” — is a famous example
When upbraided for wearing a loincloth when he met Edward VII Gandhi said: “He was wearing enough for both of us.”(PTI)
When upbraided for wearing a loincloth when he met Edward VII Gandhi said: “He was wearing enough for both of us.”(PTI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2016 01:00 AM IST

Please come back Smritiji, we promise to learn Sanskrit

‘I am sad you will no longer be my education minister. I have composed a poem to comfort you’
‘Why hast thou forsaken us? Who will we fight with now, who will we raise slogans against?’(Hindustan Times)
‘Why hast thou forsaken us? Who will we fight with now, who will we raise slogans against?’(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 09, 2016 09:50 PM IST

The plight of Britain and the Brown Man’s Burden

Winston Churchill had said, “In handing over the Government of India to these so-called political classes, we are handing over to men of straw, of whom, in a few years, no trace will remain.” He made one mistake — he should have said Britain instead of India.’
A pub in downtown Dublin. If global financial institutions are to uproot from London in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Dublin could be on the shortlist thanks to excellent schools and nightlife(NYT)
A pub in downtown Dublin. If global financial institutions are to uproot from London in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, Dublin could be on the shortlist thanks to excellent schools and nightlife(NYT)
Published on Jul 02, 2016 10:06 PM IST

The new RBI governor should be mentally fully Indian

After Raghuram Rajan, it would be good to get another NRI, to repair some of the damage done by his exit. Could we have Sunny Leone?
After Raghuram Rajan, it would be good to get another NRI, to repair some of the damage done by his exit. Could we have Sunny Leone?(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
After Raghuram Rajan, it would be good to get another NRI, to repair some of the damage done by his exit. Could we have Sunny Leone?(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2016 07:42 AM IST

Not ‘Munching with Mulayam’, everyone is hoping for ‘Prattle with Priyanka’

Nomenclature for meetings is already being sharpened for the UP polls
The Congress will organise ‘Coffee with Captain’, an outreach programme for the farming community(HT)
The Congress will organise ‘Coffee with Captain’, an outreach programme for the farming community(HT)
Updated on Jun 19, 2016 12:24 AM IST

Let’s have a vote of thanks for Pahlaj Nihalani

Producer: We need a film the censor board will be angry about, so that when it is finally released, even after a hundred cuts, folks will flock to see it. We need something Pahlaj Nihalani will feel insulted about
Pahlaj Nihalani (right) with Dharmendra(IANS)
Pahlaj Nihalani (right) with Dharmendra(IANS)
Published on Jun 11, 2016 11:14 PM IST

Bihar exam: Cooking up a political storm with small potatoes

‘Much of politics is about cooking up things,’ explained a veteran, ‘and there’s no need to grill the poor girl about it’.
Family members and friends climb walls to make answer chits available to those appearing for their Class 10 exams at a centre in Vaishali, Bihar(HT)
Family members and friends climb walls to make answer chits available to those appearing for their Class 10 exams at a centre in Vaishali, Bihar(HT)
Updated on Jun 05, 2016 09:02 AM IST

Stand Up India is good, but Sit Down India would have been better

Our brilliant ministers who have accomplished wondrous things will celebrate the anniversary by holding boring meetings and making tiresome speeches
Bharatiiya Janata Party workers garlanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally to mark the second anniversary of the formation of his government at the centre, in Saharanpur, India, on Thursday, May 26, 2016(ASHOK DUTTA)
Bharatiiya Janata Party workers garlanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally to mark the second anniversary of the formation of his government at the centre, in Saharanpur, India, on Thursday, May 26, 2016(ASHOK DUTTA)
Updated on May 29, 2016 02:16 AM IST

Maybe Modi will sing Ekla Chalo Re next time in Bengal

Sources in the BJP say the entire credit for the increase in its vote share in Kerala should go to Narendra Modi. ‘His brilliant remark about Kerala and Somalia consolidated the pro-Somalia vote in the state, enabling us to do so well,’ said a fan
A Communist insider claims there is a lot of anti-incumbency sentiment against Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. ‘But, unlike in other states, anti-incumbency in West Bengal means voting out the party in power after 34 years,’ he clarified.(HT Photo)
A Communist insider claims there is a lot of anti-incumbency sentiment against Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. ‘But, unlike in other states, anti-incumbency in West Bengal means voting out the party in power after 34 years,’ he clarified.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2016 09:36 PM IST

All except Alexander were great in ancient India

Many of our greatest leaders realised we had to craft a masterly strategy to win freedom. So Hedgewar, Golwalkar and Savarkar pretended not to oppose the British or take part in silly acts of civil disobedience
References to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his contributions have been removed from a new Social Science textbook for Class 8 in Rajasthan.(HT File Photo)
References to India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his contributions have been removed from a new Social Science textbook for Class 8 in Rajasthan.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2016 12:46 AM IST

The Cocktail Party of India will fight for the right to booze

We will have booze satyagrahas or boozagrahas and we will march, or rather stagger and stumble and lurch to Delhi in a boozeyatra.
A heated debate between a liquor store owner and an agitating woman.(HT Photo)
A heated debate between a liquor store owner and an agitating woman.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2016 08:26 PM IST

Ministers’ performance: Fair is foul and foul is fair

Rank last: Minister XY suffers from a weird belief in inner-party democracy. Argues all the time. We turn cartwheels when he is absent from a meeting. Would love to see him in the opposition party
The blues surrounding the bifurcation are mainly about the loss of Hyderabad, the former revenue engine and capital of Andhra Pradesh(HT)
The blues surrounding the bifurcation are mainly about the loss of Hyderabad, the former revenue engine and capital of Andhra Pradesh(HT)
Updated on May 01, 2016 01:40 AM IST

Friends, Indians, countrymen, lend me your ears

How every fool can play upon a word! I think the best grace of wit will shortly turn into silence; and discourse grow commendable in none only but parrots
Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his infinite variety
Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his infinite variety
Published on Apr 24, 2016 01:44 AM IST

We at Mahabharata Tours have an itinerary for you

After lunch, we shall take you to see the Saffron Fort; the needle formerly known as the Qutb Minar
Many of you have come from faraway cities such as Paris and Rome, which we know by their ancient names of Pari and Ramu. Relax and enjoy the ride, we Bharatvarshians are known for our hospitality(HT Photo)
Many of you have come from faraway cities such as Paris and Rome, which we know by their ancient names of Pari and Ramu. Relax and enjoy the ride, we Bharatvarshians are known for our hospitality(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2016 10:54 PM IST

To be unhappy is to be anti-national

Shivraj Chouhan says Madhya Pradesh will be the first state in India to have a ‘happiness ministry’. It should have at least two specialised departments: The Department of Grinning and Bearing It and the Departments of Fake Laughs
Look at Somalia, ruined by poverty and piracy. When the happiness surveyors came, did they complain bitterly? Nope, they probably pointed proudly to how well the kidnapping industry was doing. The upshot: Somalia ranks 76th, far above India(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Look at Somalia, ruined by poverty and piracy. When the happiness surveyors came, did they complain bitterly? Nope, they probably pointed proudly to how well the kidnapping industry was doing. The upshot: Somalia ranks 76th, far above India(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Apr 09, 2016 11:33 PM IST

The curious incident of the ISI agent at Pathankot

LeT stands for Ladies’ Education Trust and Jaish-e-Mohammed always uses recycled paper. JeM here stands for Juvenile Education Mart, a shop for selling school books.
Members of the Pakistani joint investigation team, formed to probe into the Pathankot airbase attack, arrive at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Members of the Pakistani joint investigation team, formed to probe into the Pathankot airbase attack, arrive at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 03, 2016 11:54 AM IST

Welcome to West Bengal: Only Didi supporters allowed beyond this point

Some of West Bengal’s best and bravest have settled abroad or in other parts of the country. And they have started remitting money home
The problem is the chaps who live in West Bengal don’t want to leave. Give them each day their fish and rice and they’d like nothing better than to lie back and relax, getting up only for an adda in the evenings(PTI)
The problem is the chaps who live in West Bengal don’t want to leave. Give them each day their fish and rice and they’d like nothing better than to lie back and relax, getting up only for an adda in the evenings(PTI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2016 01:55 AM IST

See the distress Mallya caused, Bharat Mata Ki Jai

Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Mallya (File Photo)(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Mallya (File Photo)(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Mar 19, 2016 08:46 PM IST
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In short, world waits for the new RSS look to be unveiled

While everybody is hopeful the shorts will be dropped, what should take their place?
RSS workers march on the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanti in Rajasthan(PTI)
RSS workers march on the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanti in Rajasthan(PTI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2016 12:20 AM IST
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Sharing national heroes: Each party according to its quota

With total confusion over political parties laying claim to the legacy of great leaders, unreliable sources say an all-party meeting was called to sort out the issue. Here are the alleged minutes:
Trinamool lays claim to Netaji’s memory(HT file photo)
Trinamool lays claim to Netaji’s memory(HT file photo)
Updated on Mar 05, 2016 09:27 PM IST

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy when there’s a tax cut

Here’s my interview of a generally unreliable source (Gus) about what is likely to happen in Monday’s Union Budget.
A labourer stacks bricks on his head at the construction site in Kolkata.(REUTERS)
A labourer stacks bricks on his head at the construction site in Kolkata.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 28, 2016 01:48 AM IST

Samuel Johnson and Albert Einstein must be booked for sedition

Parents and students are very worried about anti-national activities. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs).
JNUSU president Kanhaiya was arrested on February 11 after police registered a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy against him.(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
JNUSU president Kanhaiya was arrested on February 11 after police registered a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy against him.(Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 21, 2016 01:44 AM IST
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