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How being Indian became cool

In my United Nations years, one of the dilemmas foreigners often confronted was in dealing with the...

By Shashi Tharoor | May 07, 2017
Sachidananda Murthy

Sachidananda Murthy

Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor of Malayala Manorama, New Delhi, is an expert on international and national politics, and governance. He has been with THE WEEK since its launch in 1982.

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  • Hitting home

    Hitting home

    By Sachidananda Murthy | May 07, 2017

    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel set the trend for home ministers to have a serious, even stern look. As guardians of internal security, they always receive news of trouble, take steps...

  • A mixed message

    A mixed message

    By Sachidananda Murthy | April 30, 2017

    The confusion in the Narendra Modi government over the protocol treatment for Canada’s defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan has once again exposed the misgivings about Canadian...

  • It’s showtime for Modi

    It’s showtime for Modi

    By Sachidananda Murthy | April 23, 2017

    As the Parliament session ends a month earlier than usual because of the early presentation and passage of the Union budget this year, MPs get a three-month break. More...

  • Raise voice against violence

    Raise voice against violence

    By Sachidananda Murthy | April 16, 2017

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been attacked by his opponents for his selective silence on incidents of violence and mayhem. His opponents have said that when Indians were...

  • Fights in sight

    Fights in sight

    By Sachidananda Murthy | April 09, 2017

    After the adrenalin-fuelled assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and four other states, there is less intensity in Delhi for the byelections, on April 9 and 12, to three Lok Sabha...

  • Trimming the tribunals

    Trimming the tribunals

    By Sachidananda Murthy | April 02, 2017

    Narendra Modi had taken a vow to reduce the number of judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals working across the government system when he took power in 2014. Modi felt that the...

  • ‘Funny guy’ would have frowned

    ‘Funny guy’ would have frowned

    By Sachidananda Murthy | March 26, 2017

    Who owns the Twitter handle of a person after the original owner’s death? That, too, if the person happens to be a former president of India? Even Information Technology Minister...

  • The Aadhaar ace

    The Aadhaar ace

    By Sachidananda Murthy | March 19, 2017

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is convinced that the linking of government benefits to Aadhaar holders is the only way ahead. Take the recent controversy about schoolchildren being...

  • Brawl in the bureaucracy

    Brawl in the bureaucracy

    By Sachidananda Murthy | March 12, 2017

    IAS officers in several states are on edge as their perennial service rivals are getting the upper hand with the political leadership. The enemy for IAS officers, who control the...

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