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Abdul Karim Telgi, Harshad Mehta were geniuses of crime; But a philosophy evolved: ‘Money is very bad, Sir’
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Abdul Karim Telgi, Harshad Mehta were geniuses of crime; But a philosophy evolved: ‘Money is very bad, Sir’

November 7, 2017

Abdul Karim Telgi’s passing away should remind us that only in India are criminals so creative. Legends like Chicago’s Al Capone and the Sicilian “families” of New York’s gangsterdom got the limelight because of films and books. But they were run-of-the-mill killers and looters. No originality. Only in India did criminals develop the imagination to…

China rises to new heights as Xi decimates his rivals and keeps people under extensive surveillance
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China rises to new heights as Xi decimates his rivals and keeps people under extensive surveillance

October 31, 2017

By T.J.S. George Faster than expected, China’s dominant duo became a trio with  Xi Jinping promoting himself to the rank of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Mao kept China in “continuous revolution” complete with upheavals, violence and famine. Deng transformed the nation with the modernising touch of capitalism, which he camouflaged as “socialism with Chinese…

Mass appeal is easy for filmstars, but respect is tough. Amitabh Bachchan earned it, after many setbacks
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Mass appeal is easy for filmstars, but respect is tough. Amitabh Bachchan earned it, after many setbacks

October 24, 2017

By T.J.S. George Filmstars seldom celebrate their birthdays. Perhaps they do not want to know that they are getting older by the year. Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday (Oct. 11, 1942) was an exception. Television interviews apart, a serious newspaper or two subjected his persona to intellectual analysis. This exceptionality was warranted because, at 75, Bachchan has…

BJP’s image dims with economic disruption; Rahul’s image glows with US tour. This is Sonia’s chance to score big
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BJP’s image dims with economic disruption; Rahul’s image glows with US tour. This is Sonia’s chance to score big

October 3, 2017

By TJS George The Congress Party published full-page advertisements in New York to announce a Rahul Gandhi meeting there. It made history by including, alongside the pictures of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi, those of Lal Bahadur Shastri and P.V. Narasimha Rao. Shastri was never recognised during the Sonia years while Narasimha Rao…

In a world of bullies, tiny Kim now equals mighty Trump; What if one makes a small miscalculation? It’s scary
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In a world of bullies, tiny Kim now equals mighty Trump; What if one makes a small miscalculation? It’s scary

September 26, 2017

By T.J.S. George Kim Jong-un is said to be unpredictable and half mad. Donald Trump is known to be unpredictable and often acts like half mad. Both have nuclear missiles with intercontinental range. North Korea’s latest muscle-flexing was so scary that Trump said he might be forced to destroy North Korea. The Foreign Minister of…

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