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What's eating Indian sport

Cricket is considered to be a gentleman’s game. In India, it is regulated by a nonprofit...

By Vinod Rai | December 24, 2017
R Prasannan

R Prasannan

Prasannan, Chief of Bureau, New Delhi, is an expert in defence and foreign affairs. He takes keen interest in history. He has been with THE WEEK since its launch in 1982.

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  • History through the looking glass

    History through the looking glass

    By R Prasannan | December 03, 2017

    The brouhaha over Padmavati is turning out to be absurd like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and her passage Through the Looking Glass. Like the Queen in Wonderland, the...

  • When Sikkim fell into the map

    When Sikkim fell into the map

    By R Prasannan | November 19, 2017

    Sikkim is a place of heavenly peace in the Himalayas, but getting there is hell. It is the only state that is neither rail-linked nor air-linked to the rest of India. The nearest...

  • Eyeless in Agra

    Eyeless in Agra

    By R Prasannan | November 05, 2017

    Edward Lear, who wrote a lot of sense and some nonsense, declared after visiting the Taj: “Henceforth let the inhabitants of the world be divided in two classes—them as has seen...

  • The prince and the premier

    The prince and the premier

    By R Prasannan | October 22, 2017

    Rahul is the most popular north Indian first name—more popular than Thomas, Richard or Henry in the Anglo-Saxon world. There they call the boys Tom, Dick and Harry. No offence...

  • Schools for sages and scoundrels

    Schools for sages and scoundrels

    By R Prasannan | September 24, 2017

    Narendra Modi celebrated 9/11 with an address to campuses. Most listeners were in applause; some were in splits. Rahul Gandhi, too, talked to students on the same day, across...

  • A flop show on the frontier

    A flop show on the frontier

    By R Prasannan | September 10, 2017

    Narendra Modi appeared quite off colour atop the Red Fort this I-Day. The speech was pretty pedestrian—no plan to pull down any plan panel, no plea to clean India or clog India,...

  • Render unto Caesar by the calendar

    Render unto Caesar by the calendar

    By R Prasannan | August 13, 2017

    Narendra Modi has attempted two big fiscal reforms till date, and is mulling over a third. The first was the note ban, delivered as a ‘surgical strike’, a military euphemism for...

  • Military reform: doctrines in lapse

    Military reform: doctrines in lapse

    By R Prasannan | July 30, 2017

    There is a stalemate at Doklam. In chess and warfare, a stalemate is reached when neither side is able to march forward, backward or sideward. But the Chinese have stolen a...

  • God, glory and gore

    God, glory and gore

    By R Prasannan | July 16, 2017

    Narendra Modi’s Israel visit was historic. He is the first Indian prime minister to go there. It was also historical. It recalled several events in the making of Israel. Indians...

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