Madhavan Narayanan

Vantage Point

Madhavan Narayanan is a senior journalist who has covered politics, diplomacy, business, technology and other subjects in a long career that has spanned organisations including Reuters, Business Standard and Hindustan Times. He is currently an independent columnist, editor and commentator. He is listed among the top 200 Indian influencers on Twitter. He tweets as @madversity.

Caste, communists, cinema, Cauvery: Why BJP cannot jump easily over the C factors in southern India

There is a perfect storm on in southern India for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhara

Jun 29, 2018 - 08:05 PM IST
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Former untouchables, contemporary invisibles: Why the SC/ST Act matters, and why the Supreme Court needs to ensure justice

When India's urbane drawing-room pundits are done with laughing at WhatsApp jokes on Mayawati's appearance, haughtiness, idiosyncrasies and yes, caste, it is time for them to ask themselves a soul-

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:37 PM IST
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The loneliness of being Anna Hazare or: What has gone wrong

Anna Who?

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:38 PM IST
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Rahul Gandhi-led Congress turns confident after plenary, but hard ground realities show it has miles to go to unseat Modi

When people who used to send you Rahul Gandhi jokes on WhatsApp start sending you Modi jokes, you know something has changed in the mood of the nation.

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:40 PM IST
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Message from UP bye-elections: It is time to think of 'governance vote banks'

The problem with election analysis in India is that it can be double-edged. At the one end are modern psephologists who analyse too much but deduce too little.

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:44 PM IST
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Centrist, populist, charismatic: Can Kamal Haasan become Tamil Nadu's Macron?

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives this week on a four-day visit to India as an international statesman.

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:45 PM IST
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The Sultry Sanskari: Sridevi’s iconic screen persona merged the heroine and the vamp

I confess I am not a major Sridevi fan or follower, but it speaks volumes of her achievements when I look back to see how I was casually interacting with her long and illustrious career time and ag

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:46 PM IST
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Let us give Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi companies to their employees, make them cooperatives

When the dust settles a bit on the Punjab National Bank scam surrounding luxury jeweller

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:43 PM IST
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AAP govt has many flaws, but it has dramatically improved Delhi’s landscape in politics and governance

Kejriwal-bashing is a fashionable pastime in the upper reaches of the middle class in India, and certainly in its capital.

Feb 14, 2018 - 08:11 PM IST
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Vantage Point: Stop gig-gling! It is time India took a serious look at Pakodanomics

Are pakoda jokes your cup of tea?

Feb 8, 2018 - 05:45 PM IST
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