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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.

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

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

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

The loneliness of being Anna Hazare or: What has gone wrong

Anna Who?

Jun 29, 2018 - 10:38 PM IST

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

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

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

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