//September

NEARER THAN OUR NEIGHBOURS


Hindustan Times

When I was invited to visit Kabul, my family were naturally unenthusiastic. I disregarded their advice for two reasons: first, because my host was a brilliant and brave diplomat, whom I was loth to let down; second, because I had recently received a text message from the actor Naseeruddin Shah describing Afghanisthan as ‘[a] gorgeous country [...]

By |2011-12-28T11:02:38+00:00September 30th, 2011|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

A MAN TO MATCH HIS MOUNTAINS


The Telegraph

The importance of the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi is gauged, in part, by the number of armed security men who pass through its portals. These come to accompany—and, one supposes, protect—the big shots, the fat cats, the Ministers and MP’s and Ambassadors and Generals who wish to be seen at a place located, [...]

LOST IN THE WOODS


Hindustan Times

In August 2010 — that is, exactly a year ago — Rahul Gandhi told a group of tribals in Orissa that he would be their soldier in New Delhi. There is no record of his having acted on that promise. The Dongria Konds of Niyamgiri forgotten, his attention has more recently been focused on the Jats [...]

By |2011-11-17T13:24:42+00:00September 15th, 2011|Categories: Biography|