The annual Cannes International Film Festival, to be held later this year, could get cancelled, owing to the spread of coronavirus, Hollywood Reporter quoted the festival president Pierre Lescure as saying. Lescure, speaking to a French newspaper Le Figaro on Wednesday, said that the organisers could skip this year’s edition. HollywoodContinue Reading

On January 25, the Assam minister for finance, education and health, Himanta Biswa Sarma, announced that the state government would introduce a bill which will make a person who has not studied Assamese as a subject till Class 10, even if s/he had schooled in the English medium, ineligible forContinue Reading

The princely state may have long been gone, but royal tradition, it seems, is alive and kicking. Especially in Rajkot, where the 17th descendant of the royal family of Rajkot state in Gujarat, Mandhatasinh Jadeja, was crowned in an elaborate three-day ceremony in the concluding week of January. A grandContinue Reading

The reign of King Khans-Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh-appears to be fading, being replaced by the Age of Akshay Kumar. From interviewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the 2019 Lok Sabha election to featuring in four releases in 2019-Kesari, Mission Mangal, Housefull 4 and Good Newwz-Akshay Kumar was the numberContinue Reading

There was a time when a government scheme could be launched simply by handing over a giant cheque to a grateful-looking recipient. Prime Minister Narendra Modi changed all that. In 2016, for example, when he launched the Ujjwala Yojana in eastern Uttar Pradesh, which targeted handing out 80 million freeContinue Reading

Sometime next month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will welcome US President Donald Trump on his first state visit to India. Among the highlights of the Trump trip will be a sequel to the rapturous ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event organised in Houston, Texas, in September last year which saw the two headsContinue Reading

Does good politics translate into good economics? Not necessarily, at least in the Indian context. The team of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah might have seemed unstoppable in winning elections and delivering on audacious political promises but there has been a sweeping sense of disappointment onContinue Reading

For the past month or so, India has witnessed a growing swell of protests against the Narendra Modi government’s stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Cutting across all sorts of social divisions, citizens have been vocal inContinue Reading