Anand Vardhan

Comparing Modi and Vajpayee eras of coalition politics is misplaced. Here’s why

Comparing Modi and Vajpayee eras of coalition politics is misplaced. Here’s why

Jaswant Singh: The realist who reshaped India’s foreign policy discourse

Jaswant Singh: The realist who reshaped India’s foreign policy discourse

‘Diwali ke pehle raajtilak’: How Bihar’s leading papers announced the poll schedule

‘Diwali ke pehle raajtilak’: How Bihar’s leading papers announced the poll schedule

Dean Jones was ahead of his time. Statistics don’t do justice to his legacy

Dean Jones was ahead of his time. Statistics don’t do justice to his legacy

Why Bihar’s voters are set to drive the digital journey of India’s democracy

Why Bihar’s voters are set to drive the digital journey of India’s democracy

With the upcoming election, Bihar's news cycle is circling back to serious affairs

With the upcoming election, Bihar's news cycle is circling back to serious affairs

K Shankar Bajpai: The scholar diplomat who defied easy labels

K Shankar Bajpai: The scholar diplomat who defied easy labels

Pranab Mukherjee: The politician with an impeccable sense of timing

Pranab Mukherjee: The politician with an impeccable sense of timing

Michiel Baas’s Muscular India is an important contribution to the understanding of urban India

Michiel Baas’s Muscular India is an important contribution to the understanding of urban India

Where are those ‘toxic Bihari families’ being blamed for reactions to Sushant Rajput’s death?

Where are those ‘toxic Bihari families’ being blamed for reactions to Sushant Rajput’s death?

Finding a ‘Bihari culture’ of vilifying Bengali women in folk songs shows ignorance of history, cultural memory

Finding a ‘Bihari culture’ of vilifying Bengali women in folk songs shows ignorance of history, cultural memory

The liaison man of power politics and celluloid glamour: The swift rise and fall of Amar Singh

The liaison man of power politics and celluloid glamour: The swift rise and fall of Amar Singh

In defence of the now-vanishing ticker on TV news screens

In defence of the now-vanishing ticker on TV news screens

6 years, 2 months, 4 days: Modi’s term marks the longest uninterrupted non-Congress government at the centre

6 years, 2 months, 4 days: Modi’s term marks the longest uninterrupted non-Congress government at the centre

Ashok Gehlot might save his government, but the Congress will do its best to placate Sachin Pilot

Ashok Gehlot might save his government, but the Congress will do its best to placate Sachin Pilot

Megha Majumdar's debut novel fails to capture the complexity of Indian reality

Megha Majumdar's debut novel fails to capture the complexity of Indian reality

Why is Dainik Bhaskar tying up with global media brands?

Why is Dainik Bhaskar tying up with global media brands?

Why is pop culture so disdainful of the ‘conformist’ salaried class?

Why is pop culture so disdainful of the ‘conformist’ salaried class?

It’s the end of TikTok life in Bihar. What’s next?

It’s the end of TikTok life in Bihar. What’s next?

Meet Navin Choudhary, the bureaucrat from Bihar who has become J&K’s first non-local domicile

Meet Navin Choudhary, the bureaucrat from Bihar who has become J&K’s first non-local domicile

Four months, 196 deaths: Why lightning strikes are a bigger fear than Covid in Bihar

Four months, 196 deaths: Why lightning strikes are a bigger fear than Covid in Bihar

Why it’s too early to declare how Covid will change our polity and society

Why it’s too early to declare how Covid will change our polity and society

Purnea’s child: Bihar will miss a star actor they could finally call their own

Purnea’s child: Bihar will miss a star actor they could finally call their own

‘Struggling young man’ of the 70s: The legacy of Basu Chatterjee

‘Struggling young man’ of the 70s: The legacy of Basu Chatterjee

Ajit Jogi knew how to survive, even in the face of poor judgement and bad luck

Ajit Jogi knew how to survive, even in the face of poor judgement and bad luck

The tale that the media’s coverage of Bihar’s cycle girl tells

The tale that the media’s coverage of Bihar’s cycle girl tells

Whatever happened to Bihar’s bold local press?

Whatever happened to Bihar’s bold local press?

Bihar's returning migrants are battling yet another problem — mosquitoes

Bihar's returning migrants are battling yet another problem — mosquitoes

Stories of suffering and state response: How Bihar’s newspapers are covering the migrant crisis

Stories of suffering and state response: How Bihar’s newspapers are covering the migrant crisis

The media’s ‘leisure beat’ during the lockdown is mainly celebrity fluff

The media’s ‘leisure beat’ during the lockdown is mainly celebrity fluff

How Irrfan Khan’s craft brought finesse to his portrayals of mortality on screen

How Irrfan Khan’s craft brought finesse to his portrayals of mortality on screen

How celebrity victimhood has become a handy tool to manufacture outrage

How celebrity victimhood has become a handy tool to manufacture outrage

Is Nitish Kumar’s government choosing lockdown protocol over students stranded in Kota?

Is Nitish Kumar’s government choosing lockdown protocol over students stranded in Kota?

Why the majority’s concerns must be heard as much as a minority’s in a pluralist society

Why the majority’s concerns must be heard as much as a minority’s in a pluralist society

In this time of crisis, India’s civil services have stepped up to the plate

In this time of crisis, India’s civil services have stepped up to the plate

Coronavirus: How Bihar is dealing with Tablighi Jamaat’s Nizamuddin congregants

Coronavirus: How Bihar is dealing with Tablighi Jamaat’s Nizamuddin congregants

Crime Tak’s interview with Pawan ‘Jallad’ had all the makings of morbidity porn

Crime Tak’s interview with Pawan ‘Jallad’ had all the makings of morbidity porn

Bihar’s dual challenge: Tracking coronavirus infections, preparing for influx of returning migrants

Bihar’s dual challenge: Tracking coronavirus infections, preparing for influx of returning migrants

With Janta Curfew, Modi overcame the state’s impersonality to strike a chord with citizens

With Janta Curfew, Modi overcame the state’s impersonality to strike a chord with citizens

No, India didn’t suddenly rediscover SAARC. The latest outreach is in line with old policy

No, India didn’t suddenly rediscover SAARC. The latest outreach is in line with old policy

Leadership, not ideology, drove Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress to the BJP

Leadership, not ideology, drove Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress to the BJP

How ICC’s inept handling of premier tournaments is harming cricket

How ICC’s inept handling of premier tournaments is harming cricket

Despite attending the US-Taliban peace deal, India has every reason to be watchful of events in Afghanistan

Despite attending the US-Taliban peace deal, India has every reason to be watchful of events in Afghanistan

With rallies by the Left and Nitish Kumar, Patna’s Gandhi Maidan is gearing up for the Bihar election season

With rallies by the Left and Nitish Kumar, Patna’s Gandhi Maidan is gearing up for the Bihar election season

Backing CAA but rejecting NRC is typical election-mode Nitish Kumar

Backing CAA but rejecting NRC is typical election-mode Nitish Kumar

Why India’s overdose of memes and online satire is no laughing matter

Why India’s overdose of memes and online satire is no laughing matter

India vs New Zealand: Remembering the 1990 Rothmans Cup, brought to you by Doordarshan

India vs New Zealand: Remembering the 1990 Rothmans Cup, brought to you by Doordarshan

Bangalore Mirror fiasco: Why does Indian media routinely fall for fake human interest stories?

Bangalore Mirror fiasco: Why does Indian media routinely fall for fake human interest stories?

BJP’s national dominance doesn’t count in state elections against regional forces like AAP. Why?

BJP’s national dominance doesn’t count in state elections against regional forces like AAP. Why?

What lynchings sparked by rumours of child lifting tell us about India’s social anxieties

What lynchings sparked by rumours of child lifting tell us about India’s social anxieties

The luck of the lower train berth and what Budget 2020 can do to spread it around

The luck of the lower train berth and what Budget 2020 can do to spread it around

Prashant Kishor lost JDU’s turf war. That’s why he’s gone

Prashant Kishor lost JDU’s turf war. That’s why he’s gone

How ‘disruptor’ AAP became just another mainstream Indian party

How ‘disruptor’ AAP became just another mainstream Indian party

AAP making fun of Manoj Tiwari’s Bhojpuri work betrays cultural insensitivity

AAP making fun of Manoj Tiwari’s Bhojpuri work betrays cultural insensitivity

Can we separate the art from the artist? Sexual abuse allegations against Nagarjun revive the old debate

Can we separate the art from the artist? Sexual abuse allegations against Nagarjun revive the old debate

Why Indian liberals should be wary of using Karl Marx as a metaphor for their vision

Why Indian liberals should be wary of using Karl Marx as a metaphor for their vision

Why The Hindu might be pushing civil services aspirants to the Left

Why The Hindu might be pushing civil services aspirants to the Left

The Hindu is now synonymous with civil services aspirants. What brought on this cult readership?

The Hindu is now synonymous with civil services aspirants. What brought on this cult readership?

Looking back: Why alternative online media mostly failed to grow beyond its niche

Looking back: Why alternative online media mostly failed to grow beyond its niche

How BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand may embolden Nitish Kumar to drive a hard bargain in Bihar

How BJP’s defeat in Jharkhand may embolden Nitish Kumar to drive a hard bargain in Bihar

Why the Bihar bandh against the citizenship law was a poor advertisement for the RJD

Why the Bihar bandh against the citizenship law was a poor advertisement for the RJD

Why Indians should not cite foreign press to validate their views

Why Indians should not cite foreign press to validate their views

Why Ben Stokes winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is good for world cricket

Why Ben Stokes winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is good for world cricket

Why did Nitish Kumar’s supposedly secular party vote for the Citizenship Bill?

Why did Nitish Kumar’s supposedly secular party vote for the Citizenship Bill?

Are you celebrating or outraging over Hyderabad killings? Either way, you may have a blindspot

Are you celebrating or outraging over Hyderabad killings? Either way, you may have a blindspot

Bob Willis bowled his heart out. That’s what made him legendary

Bob Willis bowled his heart out. That’s what made him legendary

Hyderabad rape case: Why we need to confront brutality for what it is

Hyderabad rape case: Why we need to confront brutality for what it is

Sudhir Dar showed us there was more to everyday Indian life than just politics

Sudhir Dar showed us there was more to everyday Indian life than just politics

The quiet warriors of Indian cricket that Virat Kohli forgot

The quiet warriors of Indian cricket that Virat Kohli forgot

Ranu Mondal and the fickle nature of internet fame

Ranu Mondal and the fickle nature of internet fame

Private FM channels shoot themselves in the foot by not broadcasting All India Radio news bulletins

Private FM channels shoot themselves in the foot by not broadcasting All India Radio news bulletins

TN Seshan: The crusader and newsmaker India needed in the 1990s

TN Seshan: The crusader and newsmaker India needed in the 1990s

‘The Anarchy’: How the East India Company helped shape the modern global corporation

‘The Anarchy’: How the East India Company helped shape the modern global corporation

BCCI’s Ganguly, Team India’s Kohli: Indian cricket now has two power centres

BCCI’s Ganguly, Team India’s Kohli: Indian cricket now has two power centres

Kishore Kunal: Meet the former policeman whose Ayodhya map was torn up in the Supreme Court

Kishore Kunal: Meet the former policeman whose Ayodhya map was torn up in the Supreme Court

The Original Lutyens’ Insider

The Original Lutyens’ Insider

What the commentary on Article 370 isn’t telling you

What the commentary on Article 370 isn’t telling you

#SushmaSwaraj: BJP’s breakthrough woman who made peace with playing second fiddle

#SushmaSwaraj: BJP’s breakthrough woman who made peace with playing second fiddle

Zomato controversy and what it says about news media ceding space to ‘social media’ events

Zomato controversy and what it says about news media ceding space to ‘social media’ events

Blood Island: Tugging at historical memory

Blood Island: Tugging at historical memory

Gavaskar at 70, an ode to single-minded craftsmanship

Gavaskar at 70, an ode to single-minded craftsmanship

#DelhiUniversity: 99% cut-off for political science is symptomatic of a much larger problem

#DelhiUniversity: 99% cut-off for political science is symptomatic of a much larger problem

In defence of Sanjay Manjrekar

In defence of Sanjay Manjrekar

Chronicling Muzaffarpur and its tragedies

Chronicling Muzaffarpur and its tragedies

The early race for 1, Anne Marg

The early race for 1, Anne Marg

Rooting for West Indies to do well in the World Cup? You’re not alone

Rooting for West Indies to do well in the World Cup? You’re not alone

Challenging the institutionalised ‘common sense’ of India’s political discourse

Challenging the institutionalised ‘common sense’ of India’s political discourse

Bhojpuriya ode to Modi’s return

Bhojpuriya ode to Modi’s return

How the idea of Modi won the BJP a second term

How the idea of Modi won the BJP a second term

Why is TV media so muddled when it comes to exit polls?

Why is TV media so muddled when it comes to exit polls?

The battle for Patliputra

The battle for Patliputra

Ravi Shankar Prasad vs Shatrughan Sinha: the battle of Kayasthas in Patna Sahib

Ravi Shankar Prasad vs Shatrughan Sinha: the battle of Kayasthas in Patna Sahib

The battle for Begusarai is about identity, not ideology

The battle for Begusarai is about identity, not ideology

The Missing Millions in Bihar’s Polling Booths

The Missing Millions in Bihar’s Polling Booths

#Phase3 in Bihar: It’s the battle of the Yadavs in Madhepura

#Phase3 in Bihar: It’s the battle of the Yadavs in Madhepura

Will Muslim majority constituency of Kishanganj witness a three-way battle?

Will Muslim majority constituency of Kishanganj witness a three-way battle?

Bahubalis get their ‘better halves’ to battle it out in Bihar

Bahubalis get their ‘better halves’ to battle it out in Bihar

Surviving five decades: a DSP who chose to be an MLA 50 years ago

Surviving five decades: a DSP who chose to be an MLA 50 years ago

The Lok Sabha Battle in Bihar: Phase 1

The Lok Sabha Battle in Bihar: Phase 1

Wooing bhauji’s vote, chasing chachi’s support

Wooing bhauji’s vote, chasing chachi’s support

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