Shiv Visvanathan

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Shiv Visvanathan

Majority-o-cracy

Ever since the Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring, democracy has become a global epidemic.

Banning porn is a tricky business

If the politics of a regulation society were a pie chart, the Modi government would split into three sections.

Pop goes Murthy

N.R. Narayana Murthy as co-founder of Infosys is one of the most iconic figures in India today. Along with men like Ratan Tata, M.V.

Celebrating a very special man

As Tibet and the world celebrated his birthday on July 6, I wish to celebrate the presence of the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan leader, who is added to the very civilisation of India.

Sordid tales of those dark days

The Emergency, a historical scar in the minds of one generation, is treated as a curiosity today.

Maggi adulterated my memory, not food

Memory and sentiment often go together. Memory is a sensorium, a vista of smells, sounds, a nostalgia for the touch, taste or texture of an object or event.

Modi the moral accountant

Narendra Modi is a man who continues to fascinate his critics. The more we criticise him, the more he seems to grow.

Our Chinese complex

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China has raised a whole array of anticipations and anxieties.

Gandhi, between hate & cliché

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

The joys of being ‘third class’

Modern theories of efficiency and equality are such that one loses a celebration of the marginal. Ever since socialism, we have removed the category called “third class” from our trains and our lives. As an upwardly mobile nation, we want to travel first class and as a truly global country we want our institutions to be world class. Our presidents and vice-chancellors were upset when they realised that our IITs and IIMs are not world class.

The discovery of a new planet is always an occasion to celebrate. For it may generate a rise in confidence (so far unproven) that we are not alone in the universe.

Ever since the Velvet Revolution and the Arab Spring, democracy has become a global epidemic.