Ashok Malik


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Stories that await a storyteller

This past week, I spent a day with Jonathan Finnigan, a Singapore-based British filmmaker who is in India to make a documentary on the Kolkata Knight Riders and through it examine this country itself. Finnigan is famous for a series of three films he made on China for National Geographic.

It’s always Gujarat

Vijay Salaskar was killed on the evening of November 26, 2008. An inspector in the Mumbai police, he was driving the vehicle that was also carrying senior officers Hemant Karkare and Ashok Kamte when it was ambushed by Lashkar-e-Tayyaba terrorists.

Substandard medicines: SC dismisses plea against Ranbaxy

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking a probe against Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd for allegedly manufacturing and selling substandard medicines due to lack of evidence against

The Fantasy Four

In 1969, on becoming Chancellor of what was then West Germany, Willy Brandt initiated a programme he called Ostpolitik (eastern policy/politics), entailing softening and normalising relations with Eas

It’s a cosy, cosy world

In the end, N. Srinivasan will have to not just step aside as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but also conclude his innings as a cricket administrator. This is the price he has to pay to retain Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as a valid franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). “He has a choice,” as a senior BCCI official pointed out this past week, “between saving his franchise and saving his job.”

Indian Payola League

Ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal broke on Thursday morning (May 16), there have been two equally tiresome responses. On Thursday itself, a succession of former cricketers, Indian or otherwise, turned up in television studios and spoke about the “romance of the game” being violated.

Not the usual suspects

It would stand to reason that news events lead to the formation of an opinion. In today’s frenetic, 24/7 media environment, complemented by rapid-fire social media platforms, news events appear to exist only to justify and validate a pre-formed opinion. One saw this disturbing verity play itself out in real time on Friday, April 19, as the Boston police battled two gunmen — later identified as a pair of disaffected Chechen brothers who had metamorphosed from ordinary migrants to crazed jihadists.

IT. CDR sacked for affair with officer’s wife

Defence minister A.K. Antony on Friday ordered the dismissal of a Navy lieutenant commander for having entered into a relationship with another officer’s wife, a punishable offence termed as “stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife”.

Apple-shaped people risk kidney disease

High blood pressure in the kidneys of people with apple-shaped bodies may put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease later in life, according to a new study.

Lawyers write to Prez for Dutt clemency

Two advocates of the Allahabad high court have petitioned the President for granting pardon to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who was recently sentenced to five years in prison by the Supreme Court in a

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.