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Haima Deshpande

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India
Karma Chameleons

Believe it or not, Raj Thackeray’s MNS is wooing Muslims in Maharashtra even as it attacks Hindi speaking leaders like Abu Azmi. The party spies votes in yet another divide—and Bal Thackeray’s Shiv Sena seems ready to follow suit

12 November 2009
Real-India
Real India
Veil of Vulnerability

Radhika Shaikh, a Hindu, teaches orthodox Muslim women the art of self defence.

07 October 2009
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India
Thackeray Cousins at War

They were supposed to go for the Maharashtra government’s jugular. Instead, they’re at each other’s throats.

07 October 2009
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Real India
Mr Make-piece Thackeray

Madhav Agasti, fashion designer to Maharashtra politicians, also dresses Congress and BJP leaders.

24 September 2009
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India
Sugar Shudders

A national sugar crisis. An Assembly election in Maharashtra. For better or worse, they’re closely entwined.

17 September 2009
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India
Recession Hits the Underworld

There’s an eerie hush in the Mumbai underworld. Guns have made way for knives, sharpshooters for chain snatchers. Is the age of the dons over?

17 September 2009
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India
Sangh in Its Soul

The RSS finally steps out in full public glare to tell the BJP who’s boss within the Saffron Family

03 September 2009
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Real India
The Milk Banks of Mumbai

Government hospitals store breast milk for newborns whose mothers can’t feed them

27 August 2009
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Living
No Freedom from Shivaji

The thirteenth direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji leads a quaint life of forced elegance while what he really wants to do is race down the highways and party with friends

13 August 2009
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Real India
A School for Politicians

For Rs 2.75 lakh, a Pune institution promises to turn you into a full-fledged neta

30 July 2009

Authors

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of India’s most influential columnists and public intellectuals

Brahma Chellaney

Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist and the author of nine books, including the award-winning Water, Peace, and War : Confronting the Global Water Crisis

MJ Akbar

MJ Akbar is an MP and the author of, most recently, Gandhi’s Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah’s IslamWhile

Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav is National General Secretary of the BJP and Director of India Foundation

Makarand R Paranjape

Makarand R Paranjape, director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, is the author of ‘JNU: Nationalism and India’s Uncivil Wars’. Views are personal.

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