Indians Great Greater Greatest?, The Hindu [Saturday, July 21st, 2012]

I… Nations need heroes, but the construction of a national pantheon is rarely straightforward or uncontested. Consider the debate in the United States about which faces should adorn the national currency. The founding figures of American Independence—Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, Madison, and Franklin—are all represented on the dollar bill, albeit on different denominations. So are the [...]

 
 
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  THE GREAT AND THE GREATER GAME, The Telegraph [Saturday, June 24th, 2006]

Some months ago, a reader wrote in to dispute my characterization of cricket as ‘the most subtle and sophisticated sport known to humans’. He gave twelve reasons as to why it was football, rather than cricket, that should be accorded this honour. He began by quoting Albert Einstein, who once posited a connection between beauty [...]

 
 
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  THE EDUCATION OF A PHILISTINE, The Hindu [Sunday, December 5th, 2004]

A British band had come to town, and my eleven-year-old daughter wanted to go hear them sing. I was resistant to the idea. That should have been the end of the matter—it would have when I was growing up—but nowadays the rhetoric of rights has permeated even the process of child-rearing. So we argued, back [...]

 
 
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