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Madhavan Narayanan

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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.

Tale of two cities' misplaced priorities: The Delhi tree fiasco and Mumbai rain crisis

I know we have come a long way We're changing day-to-day But tell me: where do the children play?                          -- Cat Stevens

Jun 28, 2018 - 01:06 PM IST

Bangalore or Srinagar, journalists' murders stand for power and brutality, not democracy or civilisation

It is disturbing to realise that I have lost two journalist friends over the past year to political assassinations -- for that's what they are.

Jun 29, 2018 - 07:52 PM IST

Now that he has charmed RSS at Nagpur, Pranab Mukherjee should visit AMU to discuss Nehru and Jinnah

What former President Pranab Mukherjee said last week

Jun 29, 2018 - 07:54 PM IST

Why this Kaala-Kaveri Di? Tamil Nadu and Karnataka must talk to each other, not talk at each other

I wish Ekta Kapoor, India's queen of television soap operas, visits Karnataka and Tamil Nadu soon, if not for the fact that she is famous as an expert on the country's biggest conflict zone - that

Jun 29, 2018 - 07:58 PM IST

Electronic voting is not perfect, but paper ballots can be worse. It is not wise to go back on EVMs

In the summer of 1991, I witnessed large-scale rigging in a Lok Sabha election with my own eyes. I saw dead bodies. I heard bullet shots.

Jun 29, 2018 - 07:53 PM IST

It is so fragile! Karnataka politics shifts mode from 'Game of Thrones' to 'House of Cards'

There is a cliche in English called a "Pyrrhic victory" -- a reference to a victory won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.

Jun 29, 2018 - 07:53 PM IST

War against corruption in India is endless, meaningless finger-pointing, we need to do better

Last week saw two media stories that raised for me the question of how we need to cover corruption in Indian public life.

Jun 29, 2018 - 08:06 PM IST

India's judges don't like to be judged, and petty politics is not going to fix it

Something in the way the Congress Party has moved an impeachment (technically a removal) petition against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Mishra, reminds one of

Jun 29, 2018 - 08:06 PM IST

Justice vs pettiness in Kathua rape case: Why we need to separate good politics from the bad

They say truth depends on which side of Jerusalem you are in. In India, we could say truth depends on which side of the Banihal tunnel you are on.

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:33 PM IST