Rajiv Gandhi

Reminiscences of a Bureaucrat

Madhavankutty Pillai

An officer under Indira and Rajiv Gandhi shares an insider account

The President’s Man

Giani Zail Singh’s tenure reveals the limits and possibilities of the highest office

Dustbins of History

What is deemed enormously significant at a particular time doesn’t necessarily stand the test of time

Shah Bano 2.0

The hijab controversy can take the country into dangerous territory but, unlike the 1980s, it will not take people years to grasp its import

Rahul Bajaj (1938-2022): Scooter Man

Bajaj’s business didn’t just survive but grew in liberalised India

A Bangladeshi Remembers Rajiv Gandhi

What if he had lived to get that second term in office?

A Vice-President’s Reflections

An account of a proud Indian Muslim who occupied the highest offices

Tradition and Morbidity

Rebels for a day, and virtual renegades in a schmaltzy spectacle of piety and panegyrics in the next day’s headlines, the dissenting Congress leaders retreated without the humiliation of a recantation. Some mercy.

The Maharajah’s New Clothes

Air India is on the block again. Will it work?


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