“You can woo a girl with a poem, but you can’t hold on to her with a poem. Not even with a poetry movement.” So wrote Roberto Bolano in The Savage Detectives, which Jeet Thayil’s new novel The Book of Chocolate Saints
His point of departure is Rabindranath Tagore, who believed that “the idea of the Nation” is “one of the most powerful anesthetics that man has invented”. And yet, Tagore was not without profound love for his nation.
Mayawati's financial wealth grew by 50 times between 2003 and 2007. A WikiLeaks release of a US diplomatic cable noted that the rate to ‘acquire’ a BSP ticket for the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was around $2.5 lakh.
Amar Singh, national general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, speaks about his relationship with UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, talks about why Cong vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s yatra may not make a difference for the