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  • Opinion: What Modi Signalled With Excursion To Nimu - by Mukul Kesavan
    Mukul Kesavan
    The Prime Minister's instinct for the public mood might have been the motive force behind his visit to Nimu; only time (or the next election) will tell if he achieved his domestic objectives. But if the visit's foreign policy outcomes are limited to India appearing provocative (when the Prime Minister was trying to avoid that implication), or seemi...
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  • Opinion: My Covid-19 Experience - by Mukul Kesavan
    Mukul Kesavan
    I tested positive for Covid-19 on June 6 after two and a half months of a fairly rigorous quarantine. The first question that people who test positive ask themselves is, how did this happen despite my precautions? This is especially true of middle class victims of Covid who have the online connectivity and financial reserves to shield themselves fr...
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  • Opinion: The <i>'Paatal Lok'</i> World And Its Big Truths - by Mukul Kesavan
    Mukul Kesavan
    In terms of genre, Paatal Lok is a world-building exercise. It aims to be a squalid epic and the dystopia it creates to house its characters is a version of Delhi set within a very particular idea of India.
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  • Opinion: When India Was Obsessed With Another Moon Landing
    Mukul Kesavan
    For a 12-year-old schoolboy, Armstrong's moonwalk couldn't have been worse timed. The summer vacation had given over in the middle of July and for desis, the Eagle landed- given the time difference - on a Monday. That wouldn't have been so bad if Armstrong hadn't taken hours - bloody hours - to undo the hatch and climb down the ladder. The Lunar Mo...
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  • Opinion: No, England Did Not Win The World Cup
    Mukul Kesavan
    Forget the Super Over for a moment: the prior question is how did England even get to that daft tie-breaker?
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  • Opinion: Bad Selection, Kohli-Dhoni Bond Cost India The World Cup
    Mukul Kesavan
    After Shikhar Dhawan's injury, the Indian team eventually settled on a batting line up that consisted of three top-order batsmen, three wicketkeeper batsmen and a floating all-rounder. Two of the non-keeping wicket keepers were drafted in as replacements for two batsmen-who-could-bowl.
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  • Opinion: The Dhoni Problem - And Let's Not Deny There Is One
    Mukul Kesavan
    Dhoni's curiously inert performance in the closing overs of the match against England has attracted slanderous commentary. That's not surprising: online experts and social media trolls are generally the same people. Their bloodlust can't be slaked by the small beer of cricketing decline: it needs a darker brew.
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  • Opinion: How India Can Beat England At Test Cricket Every Year
    Mukul Kesavan
    There's nothing like an English tour to make me feel young again...by the time it ends, I always regress to the teenaged troll I used to be. Which is why I know someone's to blame for this 4-1 hammering, only I can't decide who.
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  • Opinion: The Perverse Pleasure Of Championing Pujara - By Mukul Kesavan
    Mukul Kesavan
    I could watch Pujara bat all day. He's such a barnacle that every time he steps out of the crease into his cover-drive, it's like watching a rooted thing become nimble. And then before settling into his guard again, he'll grip the bat in both hands, hold it up in front him and shake it a little. I like to think that he's testing the splice in the w...
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  • Opinion: The Vaghela Doctrine Or How Not To Mobilise Against The BJP
    Mukul Kesavan
    The Vaghela Doctrine is a political strategy that assumes that the Indian electorate is inertly majoritarian. It assumes that the default setting of the electorate favours the BJP's hostility towards religious minorities, particularly Muslims.
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  • Opinion: Does Kohli Need An Adult In The Dressing Room?
    Mukul Kesavan
    It's hard to be outraged at Virat Kohli's bid to be rid off Anil Kumble if the rumours of a rift between the coach and the national team are true. It's the business of the coach to get on with his team.
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  • Opinion: Why The <i>Baahubali</i> Films Have Enthralled India
    Mukul Kesavan
    The Baahubali story sets out a code made up of cod-feudal virtues and makes its characters live by it. Central to this code is the inviolability of sworn oaths, the sacred udder bond between mothers and sons, the unswerving fealty of slaves, and above all, the ideal of the absolute yet benevolent king.
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  • Opinion: Was 'Brain Fade' Just One Part Of It? India Presses Charges
    Mukul Kesavan
    Kohli's allegation was merely his opinion. The Indians, he said, had one opinion, the Australians had another.
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  • Opinion: Kohli Goes Nuclear With 'Brain Fade' Response
    Mukul Kesavan
    Virat Kohli's post-match press conference after India won the Bangalore Test was a cricketing Krakatoa.
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  • Opinion: Nothing More Important Than Rohit Sharma Batting At No 5
    Mukul Kesavan
    Rohit Sharma isn't just a player, he's an immanent Idea, whose time has come.
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