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  • The Mudgal Report: Beating the IPL Haze

    Abhishek Mukherjee

    These are times when the controversies surrounding cricket are more in the headlines than the score. Last year’s Indian Premier League was dogged by a betting and match fixing scandal, prompting the Supreme Court to set up a probe committee. The Justice Mudgal Committee recently submitted its report to the Supreme Court, but one of its members differed with the majority view. The Hindu Centre’s Abhishek Mukherjee analyses the two reports that bring out the dark secrets of the gentleman’s game.

  • Narendra Modi speaks at a rally in Vandalur. Photo: PTI

    General Elections 2014

    BJP’s Elusive Search in Tamil Nadu

    M.R.Venkatesh

    The BJP’s strategy to raise its vote share in Tamil Nadu to 16 per cent by enlisting the support of smaller regional parties and caste-based groups was apparent at Narendra Modi’s recent rally in Vandalur. Yet, despite the apparent support, Modi’s ability to connect to India’s multi-cultural and linguistic population remains unclear.

Sociologist Prof. Dipankar Gupta re-conceptualises Indian citizenship, rooting it strongly in equality at a basic level, wider than a political right to vote in a democracy. Cornerstones to this new equality in citizenship, he points out, are access to universal healthcare and education. In this 30-minute interview held during the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), Prof. Gupta evocatively argues for equality "not in terms of ends, but in terms of beginnings’’.
The line between bravado and pyrrhic victory is slender, more so in the realm of political melodrama in India. The latest case in point is the internal spat between brothers in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) as to who should be the party president, M. Karunanidhi’s successor. Swinging between political bravado and high voltage family ties, how far can M.K. Azhagiri go in this round of tussle with his younger brother, M.K. Stalin? Would it be at the cost of another split in the first post-Independence regional party founded in 1949? M.R. Venkatesh analyses the controversy.