Opinion: Why The <i>Baahubali</i> Films Have Enthralled India

Opinion: Why The Baahubali Films Have Enthralled India

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday May 20, 2017

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.

Opinion: Was 'Brain Fade' Just One Part Of It? India Presses Charges

Opinion: Was 'Brain Fade' Just One Part Of It? India Presses Charges

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday March 09, 2017

Kohli's allegation was merely his opinion. The Indians, he said, had one opinion, the Australians had another.

Opinion: Kohli Goes Nuclear With 'Brain Fade' Response

Opinion: Kohli Goes Nuclear With 'Brain Fade' Response

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday March 07, 2017

Virat Kohli's post-match press conference after India won the Bangalore Test was a cricketing Krakatoa.

Opinion: Nothing More Important Than Rohit Sharma Batting At No 5

Opinion: Nothing More Important Than Rohit Sharma Batting At No 5

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday August 11, 2016

Rohit Sharma isn't just a player, he's an immanent Idea, whose time has come.

Opinion: How Congress Is Botching Up Even Its Defeat

Opinion: How Congress Is Botching Up Even Its Defeat

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday May 26, 2016

Through the last set of assembly elections, the Congress was on a hiding to nothing.

Opinion: Why Uber's Champions Miss The Elephant In The Room

Opinion: Why Uber's Champions Miss The Elephant In The Room

Mukul Kesavan | Wednesday April 20, 2016

If surge pricing is bad, why didn't Kejriwal's government stop it during the first round of restrictions?

Opinion: Lessons From The De-Commissioning Of Harsha Bhogle

Opinion: Lessons From The De-Commissioning Of Harsha Bhogle

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday April 12, 2016

The removal of Sunil Gavaskar and Harsha Bhogle as commentators for the 9th edition of the IPL is unimportant in itself but useful as a window into the workings of the BCCI and the curious relationship between public sport and patriotism.

Opinion: Why Congress is Untrustworthy Ally for Liberals

Opinion: Why Congress is Untrustworthy Ally for Liberals

Mukul Kesavan | Sunday November 08, 2015

The Congress's record in the matter of defending civil liberties is dismal.

Opinion: Why Modi Is Still Silent On Dadri

Opinion: Why Modi Is Still Silent On Dadri

Mukul Kesavan | Friday October 09, 2015

Contrary to the headlines, then, the prime minister didn't break his silence on the Dadri lynching in Nawada; he used his speech (and, more culpably, the President's) to finesse a human tragedy.

Opinion: The BJP's Alibis For the Lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq

Opinion: The BJP's Alibis For the Lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq

Mukul Kesavan | Sunday October 04, 2015

Mohammad Akhlaq's widow, remembered filling the tiffin boxes of Hindu neighbours with the mutton she cooked every Id. These neighbours, young men she recognised and named to the police afterwards, broke down her door, dragged out her husband and bludgeoned him to death with bricks.

Opinion: Five Types of Right-Wing Commentary in Contemporary India

Opinion: Five Types of Right-Wing Commentary in Contemporary India

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday September 26, 2015

One of the features of the present political moment is the richness of right-wing opinion that animates the columns of our newspapers and websites.

Opinion: Why Bobby Jindal's Identity Is Not a Crisis

Opinion: Why Bobby Jindal's Identity Is Not a Crisis

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday June 30, 2015

Bobby Jindal and Barack Obama have both adapted their identities to fit into America. But only one of them has been called out for it.

Opinion: Kejriwal Ad, The <i>Aam Aurat</i>, and the Strong Reactions

Opinion: Kejriwal Ad, The Aam Aurat, and the Strong Reactions

Mukul Kesavan | Wednesday June 24, 2015

The reaction to Arvind Kejriwal's television commercial-anger, disillusionment, mockery-is caused by overlapping but distinct provocations. It's useful to separate them to understand the vehemence of this reaction.

Opinion: Modi vs Kejriwal: the Chief Minister is Ahead

Opinion: Modi vs Kejriwal: the Chief Minister is Ahead

Mukul Kesavan | Wednesday June 17, 2015

Mr Modi's commitment to cooperative federalism seems not to extend to Chief Ministers who best him in electoral contests. But for Kejriwal, these stand-offs is a gift that keeps on giving.

Opinion: BJP's Co-Opting of Kiran Bedi Isn't Going to Plan

Opinion: BJP's Co-Opting of Kiran Bedi Isn't Going to Plan

Mukul Kesavan | Sunday February 01, 2015

Mukul Kesavan on a possible miscalculation in Delhi.

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