The Racism Of The Euro Final - Bo Jo Is Guilty

The Racism Of The Euro Final - Bo Jo Is Guilty

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday July 13, 2021

One question about English football has been comprehensively answered. Why does the English team take the knee to insist Black Lives Matter? Because racist English fans and dog-whistling English politicians pick on black football players.

Opinion: Team India And Captain Kohli - The Road Ahead

Opinion: Team India And Captain Kohli - The Road Ahead

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday June 24, 2021

Kohli's competitiveness registers as a constant state of combative excitement. This works best when India is in the game or winning.

Opinion: The Absolutely Justifiable Renaming Of Stadium After PM Modi

Opinion: The Absolutely Justifiable Renaming Of Stadium After PM Modi

Mukul Kesavan | Friday February 26, 2021

To make room for Narendra Modi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was taken off the marquee and given the important supporting role of naming the sports enclave in which the stadium is set. There is a nice metaphor in that: Sardar Patel as the setting for the solitaire that is Modi, the Loh Purush as warm-up act for Non-Stick Narendra.

Opinion: Captains Courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna

Opinion: Captains Courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday February 04, 2021

The one downside to all this heroism is that the Test series starting tomorrow will be an anti-climax. After routing Rihanna in single combat, what price Joe Root?

Opinion: A Butterfly In Brisbane And India's Magic - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: A Butterfly In Brisbane And India's Magic - by Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan | Wednesday January 20, 2021

The newspapers have been full of the rousing backstories of India's novices: their journeys out of poverty, their personal tragedies, their sacrifices. We should be careful not to patronize their purely cricketing achievement by sentimentalizing it, but it's hard not to be moved by the human dramas that came together in this crescendo of a contest. Deprivation out of ...

Opinion: The Importance Of Being Shubman Gill - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: The Importance Of Being Shubman Gill - by Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday December 31, 2020

Is Shubman Gill for real? After his cameos in the Melbourne Test, I called clued-up cricketing friends for a reality check. Was he, in fact, the best desi prospect since Tendulkar? Or even, touch wood, the most highly finished debutant in whites since Sunil Gavaskar took guard at the Queen's Park Oval half a century ago? Or was I dreaming?

Opinion: India's 36 Shocker At Adelaide - What Went Wrong

Opinion: India's 36 Shocker At Adelaide - What Went Wrong

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday December 19, 2020

To be clear, no one died. It wasn't a day-darkening, world-ending event...even if I did want to stab the screen with a breakfast fork when Captain Kohli sliced his drive to slip. A total of 36 is a cricketing shocker, but in the larger scheme of things, it is rather less important than your second cousin twice removed coming down with Covid. Pandemics bring perspectiv...

Opinion: Bihar Result Throws Up A New Fact - How To Ally With Owaisi

Opinion: Bihar Result Throws Up A New Fact - How To Ally With Owaisi

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday November 12, 2020

You can no more be nearly Chief Minister than you can be nearly pregnant. But as a public display of political muscle, as a platform for future alliances, Tejashwi Yadav made an extraordinary debut.

Opinion: Is Kamala Harris Suppressing Her Tambram Origins?

Opinion: Is Kamala Harris Suppressing Her Tambram Origins?

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday August 22, 2020

Kamala Harriss selection as the Democratic Partys vice-presidential nominee excited Indian Americans. The fact that her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was an Indian Tamil enthused Indians and Tamils in India and the diaspora.

Opinion: Sachin Pilot Likely Sees Rahul Gandhi As A Cautionary Tale

Opinion: Sachin Pilot Likely Sees Rahul Gandhi As A Cautionary Tale

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday July 16, 2020

The political importance of the sacking of Sachin Pilot is obvious: it paves the way for another defector-driven change of guard in a state the BJP wants to reclaim. It's also sociologically interesting for the insight it offers into the political preferences of India's English-speaking commentariat. I should specify that the reference here is to commentators and anc...

Opinion: What Modi Signalled With Excursion To Nimu - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: What Modi Signalled With Excursion To Nimu - by Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan | Monday July 06, 2020

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 seeming hamstrung (in his...

Opinion: My Covid-19 Experience - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: My Covid-19 Experience - by Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday July 02, 2020

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 from the outside world...

Opinion: The <i>'Paatal Lok'</i> World And Its Big Truths - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: The 'Paatal Lok' World And Its Big Truths - by Mukul Kesavan

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday June 13, 2020

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.

Opinion: When India Was Obsessed With Another Moon Landing

Opinion: When India Was Obsessed With Another Moon Landing

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday July 20, 2019

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 Module (it was capital...

Opinion: No, England Did Not Win The World Cup

Opinion: No, England Did Not Win The World Cup

Mukul Kesavan | Monday July 15, 2019

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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