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Cary Grant of the East

How can anybody write an ‘objective’ obituary about someone who has been a lifelong crush? I was...

By Shobhaa De | December 17, 2017
Anita Pratap

Anita Pratap

Anita Pratap is an award-winning journalist, author and documentary film maker. She was the first journalist to interview LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran. She is a Contributing Editor of THE WEEK.

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  • Who am I to judge?

    Who am I to judge?

    By Anita Pratap | December 17, 2017

    Something strange happened in the Munich airport. A young East Asian woman walked towards me with a weird expression in her eyes. Focused yet distant, her gaze looked beyond,...

  • Big Tech, the big threat

    Big Tech, the big threat

    By Anita Pratap | November 19, 2017

    Big Tobacco. Big Oil. Big Pharma. And, now, Big Tech. Too big for public good? Admiration is turning into alarm, even hostility in some quarters with Big Tech seen as an...

  • They call him Jupiter

    They call him Jupiter

    By Anita Pratap | September 24, 2017

    Many French citizens mock President Emmanuel Macron because he says he wants to rise above the mundane and govern like the Roman God. In reality he is not perched in a pantheon,...

  • Kim is not dim

    Kim is not dim

    By Anita Pratap | September 10, 2017

    Young Kim is not weird. One should not underestimate him!” That’s a description of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by a Japanese defence expert, speaking on the condition of...

  • The inevitable storm

    The inevitable storm

    By Anita Pratap | August 27, 2017

    The 20th century’s Industrial Age was characterised by the rise of the working class. As they bought cars, fridges and washing machines, their quality of life improved and...

  • A venomous snake pit

    A venomous snake pit

    By Anita Pratap | August 13, 2017

    No television serial or reality show can match the intrigues and drama within the White House. It is dirtier and nastier than any scriptwriter’s tale. Power centres are always...

  • Severed arms, drowned lungs

    Severed arms, drowned lungs

    By Anita Pratap | July 30, 2017

    He walked for six months, every single day. Fleeing from war-ravaged northern Afghanistan, Nasrallah and his family initially took refuge in Iran. He should have been in school,...

  • French Revolution 4.0

    French Revolution 4.0

    By Anita Pratap | July 02, 2017

    The parliamentary election outcome can transform not just France, but Europe and beyond, exactly as the 18th century uprising inspired political, economic and social changes...

  • When China talks, nobody yawns

    When China talks, nobody yawns

    By Anita Pratap | May 28, 2017

    So jaws didn’t drop in boredom when President Xi Jinping waxed eloquent about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. “The countries along the ancient Silk Road were once places...

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