2010

  • Formula 1, undercurrents many

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Two of the country's biggest sports events in the last 12 months mirror two Indias. The Commonwealth Games last October were organised by an older...

  • Top 10 Films and Best Actors of 2010

    Sushi's Blog |  Sushant Mehta
    As promised, here's the list of the top 10 movies of 2010 with brief reviews. Unfortunately I haven't seen 127 Hours yet, so it doesn't...

  • Broken Knees, Broken Promises: India, Pak in 2010

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    YouTube describes it as the world's most ridiculous border ceremony. And that's putting it politely, as anyone who has watched the Wagah flag-lowering ceremony between...

  • Women to determine poll results in Bihar

    Soul Curry |  Shanker Dutt
    Women are in the process of scripting history. Never before have so many come out of their domestic confines to exercise their right to franchise...

  • Rajdeep Sardesai's blog: Nitish Raj in Bihar

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Predicting elections is hazardous business, and can be detrimental to a journalist's health. In the highly competitive world of Indian elections, the 'hawa' (wind) we...

  • Why would someone like Parveen want to join politics?

    Soul Curry |  Shanker Dutt
    It is a fairly cynical view that politics is the last refuge for you know who. It is because of this blinkered vision that, after...

  • The burden of being Nitish Kumar

    Soul Curry |  Shanker Dutt
    Material change is always preceded by discursive change. In a state with feudal moorings and plagued with abject poverty, variable healthcare and education, poor infrastructure,...

  • Sons and Fathers in Bihar politics. Amen!

    Soul Curry |  Shanker Dutt
    Dynastic politics in most western liberal democracies have become significantly rare. But in India and in Bihar, charismatic leaders have consciously encouraged private limited political...

  • Media also to blame for pre-Games mess-up

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    Guest editors on Karan Thapar's show, the Last Word, gave high marks for media coverage of the Commonwealth Games. Only Swapan Dasgupta gave it 50:50....

  • Rajdeep Sardesai's blog: A level playing field

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    It's been called the 'Jatification' of Indian sport. There were 50 Jats in the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games and they won 27 of...

  • Positives in an uneven state

    Soul Curry |  Shanker Dutt
    For many people, there seems to be a growing disenchantment with the political class. Much of this is on account of the popular endorsement of...

  • 5 years on, Nitish's Bihar is smiling

    Guest blog |  Rozina Khanum
    The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ruled Bihar for the last five years on the development plank. When they came to power they said that the...

  • A servant crisis in Delhi

    NRI: Non-Required Indian |  Parvez Sharma
    Sita is gone. Delhi is shining, as is Gurgaon. Sita, like my Uncle's family, lives in Malibu Towne in Gurgaon, 212 acres of a middle-class...

  • Opening gala a 'bolti band' moment for CWG cynics

    PSYCHO'S ANALYSIS |  Tulika Agnihotri Ojha
    Sunday, October 3, was a big day for India. It was a day of national pride for all of us. For me, well, it was...

  • CWG isn't 'national pride' vs 'national shame'

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Mani Shankar Aiyar has probably not read Dale Carnegie's best-seller, "How to win friends and influence people". A few years ago, in a St Stephens...

  • Oracles Gone 'Wild'

    A Mallu's Musings |  Achyuth Punnekat
    First it was the oracle octopus... Countered with lemurs, camels and giraffes... This is ridiculous! Cephalopods are pretty intelligent. An octopus can even ...

  • Germany vs Spain: a mouthwatering prospect

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    By the time you read this, one World Cup finalist will have been identified. As far as I see it, it is the winner of...

  • Old stars fade, new stars shine

    Unplugged |  Abhishek Nandwani
    In every edition of the World Cup, you hope to discover someone who'll make it to the first team but in World Cup 2010, many...

  • Socialism, Bloody Hell

    Treason, Stratagems & Spoils |  Supriya Nair
    I was going to dissectJohn Barnes' comment on the failure of the English team coming down to their mental incompatibility with some forms of ...

  • GER vs ARG: pity one won't play the semis

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    I have been often been asked which team looks the strongest to win the World Cup. There are no clear answers for such a question...

  • This French team is a disgrace

    Unplugged |  Abhishek Nandwani
    Before I start, I should make it very clear, I hate France and it won't be wrong to say that in first instance they never...

  • What ails African Football

    The ball in Novy's court |  Novy Kapadia
    Pele had predicted that an African nation would win the World Cup by the year 2010. But Pele is not really clairvoyant like many of...

  • Winding the clock back up

    Treason, Stratagems & Spoils |  Supriya Nair
    "I do not want a single Italian soldier to be hurt," said General Mustafa Tlass to his Lebanese guerillas in 1980s Beirut, "because I do...

  • Fringe benefits of playing the beautiful game

    Connect |  Jaimon Joseph
    Soccer is for suckers. No, I don't really mean that. But I needed an arresting opening line. I guess it worked, huh? I've been ...

  • Favourites and Favouritism

    Treason, Stratagems & Spoils |  Supriya Nair
    Dunga's Brazil is a fricking beautiful side. So effortless was their ability to press, build and rebuild play from the back, so relentlessly high their...

  • Argentina in 'messi-merising' form

    Unplugged |  Abhishek Nandwani
    Argentina have showed that they are an attacking football team that is able to fight off even the best of opponents throughout their time in...

  • Brazil, Argentina need 'Maradunga'

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    The most controversial parts of this World Cup until now, apart from the referee decisions, have been the Vuvuzela trumpet and the Jabulani ball. We...

  • World Cup Talking Points

    The ball in Novy's court |  Novy Kapadia
    Six of the sixteen matches in the opening round of the 19th World Cup in South Africa ended in draws. Just 25 goals were scored...

  • Finally, The World Cup will begin.... On June 16th

    Foot in the Mouth |  SumonK Chakrabarti
    Fret and Fume. Ain't that what many of you are doing. I sure was. Not much flair on display, the beautiful game was becoming too...

  • Tinge of 'Oranje' in Germany

    Score to live |  Goal.com
    Before Germany's World Cup opener in Durban, coach Joachim Loew must have told his team to paint the town orange. During the match, defenders popped...