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The Jayalalithaa mystique

She understood where to be flexible and where to be rigid. While scrupulously avoiding tampering withthe politics of caste, she imparted a new meaning to welfare economics


Justice Khehar becomes 44th CJI

The President on Monday appointed Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar as the 44th Chief Justice of India from January 4, 2017.


A day to go, Parliament remains true to form

Treasury Benches and the Opposition raise slogans and hurl corruption charges at each other


Cho Ramaswamy, wit and analyst

It was the eighteenth century satirist Joseph Addison who said his task was “to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality”. For veteran journalist, satirist and playwright ‘Cho’ Ramas


Jayalalithaa, 1948-2016

Adversity brought out the best in Jayalalithaa. As a Chief Minister fighting for the rights of her State, as a politician trying to spring back from electoral defeats


The AIADMK after Amma

The question that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will have to face very soon is: who will be its crowd-puller and vote-catcher?


Defiance in compliance

Once she rose to the top, Jayalalithaa was careful not to give the impression that she leaned on any man for counsel or support


J.S. Khehar tipped to be next CJI

He had recently said that the judiciary would remain within its ‘Lakshman Rekha,’ provided the Executive and the Legislature follow constitutional norms and principles.


‘Charismatic leader’ Jayalalithaa mourned

Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics: Modi


‘This is the most dangerous time in history of humanity’

In a grim prognosis, renowned British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the human race today is facing the “most dangerous” time in its history.


Malayalam repays its first lexicographer

Hermann Gundert  


No space to contemplate

Unlike the book, the Internet and digitalised reading, at least as they are today, seem more likely to lead to demagogy than to democracy


His voice carried across barriers

In the demise of Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna on Tuesday, the world of Carnatic classical music has lost a multifaceted artist whose work defied neat definitions, as his popular appeal transcended barriers of geography and language.


NASA astronaut to become oldest woman in space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is on the verge of becoming the oldest woman in space, adding to her long list of barrier-breaking records.


The Tower of Song

“I was born like this, I had no choice. I was born with the gift of a golden voice,” wrote Leonard Cohen in “Tower of Song”, suggesting he was sentenced to a life of imprisonment in music.


Questions about Narasimha Rao

Let us wait for records to be opened up for the full story of July 1991.... and for more scholarly work so that history can pass judgment on his political persona


Irom Sharmila launches party

Will contest from two constituencies;, to take on Chief Minister Ibobi


RTI activist shot dead in Kalina

Vira was pursuing cases of illegal constructions against an ex-corporator


Learning with Bob Dylan

Many of Dylan’s famous lines could easily be interchanged with others, and no one would really miss them... It’s not the words themselves that are indispensable; in song, their power lies elsewhere


A prized contract

The work in microeconomic theory for which Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström have received this year’s Economics Nobel Prize goes back to the 1970s and 1980s when the foundations of contract theory were