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The Taj Mahal, an ode to love, is under threat from the Hindu fundamentalist BJP party in India

The Taj Mahal, a marble mausoleum, an ode to love, is under siege by the right-wing Hindu fundamentalist BJP party in Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Vijay Verghese

The siege of the Taj Mahal - whose tears now?

SHASHI THAROOR
NEW DELHI

For seven decades after independence, Indian identity rested on cultural pluralism. Now, as the Bharatiya Janata Party redefines India as a Hindu nation long subjugated by foreigners, attacks on the Taj are mounting. more…

An Aye for an Aye - online click storm

Google office at Mountain View California - how Internet giants are reshaping our world, for better and worse

Google office at Mountain View California. Where is it leading us?

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

The Internet, led by Google and Facebook, was once a force for good. What happened? The online click-storm affects us all. more…

Saudi women now in the driver's seat

Saudi women can now drive cars

Saudi women can drive, though a camel may be safer given road statistics

DELSHAD KARANJIA
PUNE

Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow women to drive is a small step for the kingdom but a giant leap for Saudi women. more…

Indian vigilantes and lynch mob justice

India vigilante groups include gau rakshaks who claim to protect cows

Cow protection patrols are part of the new breed of freelance Indian vigilantes

MUKUL KESAVAN
NEW DELHI

As corrosive vigilante nationalism seeps into the Indian polity, it is just a small step to fascism and Brownshirts. more…

Politics of hate and the end of Liberalism

Charlottesville neo-Nazi protests

Neo-Nazi protestors march with lit torches in Charlottesville

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

From Trump to Modi, a new breed of ‘outsider’ politician offers a narrow nationalism that offers little room for dissent. more…

If the money's right

How much do world leaders get paid to shake hands and smile on TV? Quite a bit, it turns out, but not if you're at the helm of the world's most populated country. Trump to donate his entire 2017 earnings? Read more

Fire in the sky

As the heated exchange between Pyongyang and the USA continues, by October, 2017, North Korea had fired a staggering 22 missiles over the year. Read more

Weighty bad loans

Chinese and Indian banks are racking up bad loans despite efforts at regulation. China's Big Four had just under US$112 billion in bad loans - a climb of 4.6% year on year end June 2017. Read more

The Rohingya Rubik's Cube

Myanmar Buddhist hardline monks say no to Rohingyas

Hardline Buddhist monks remain opposed to Rohingya integration

VIJAY VERGHESE
HONG KONG

Can the strangely silent Aung San Suu Kyi lead Myanmar to a genuine national reconciliation with the Rohingyas? more…

Tackling Malnutrition

Estimated figures for child malnutrition in Asia point to alarming levels of stunting and wasting. See world opinion

You too can go glamping

Daft travel buzzwords are killing the romance of travel and mangling the English language. When did you last go brokepacking or on a spafari? more…