Raakesh Natraj The Indian Express Group

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A season to settle debates

Monday 30 December '13

Federer may not be comfortable being forced to watch, rather than influence
Not from the coaching Manuel

Friday 13 December '13

Pelligrini settled for a creditable 3-2 win and a remarkable turnout against Bayern.
Viswanathan Anand - The grey square

Sunday 24 November '13

At the post-match conference Anand admitted that Carlsen dominated the final.
Magnus Carlsen wins, a new era dawns in chess

Saturday 23 November '13

Anand loses 3.5-6.5, surrenders World crown to 22-yr-old Norwegian.
Magnus Opus: After draw in game 10, Carlsen is crowned World Champion

Saturday 23 November '13

When the players got up, there were just three pieces left on the board.
Viswanathan Anand's knightmare, Magnus Carlsen's dream

Friday 22 November '13

Carlsen a draw away from world title after a desperate Vishy, going for kill, makes a suicidal move.
Young gun Magnus Carlsen's quick-draw trick

Thursday 21 November '13

Against Anand, challenger Carlsen has been flexible enough to use the draw as a blunting weapon.
Viswanathan Anand - Still behind the Berlin wall

Wednesday 20 November '13

At a time when he needs to be a bit more adventurous, Anand opts for ultra-defensive response.
Viswanathan Anand - Cup more than half empty

Tuesday 19 November '13

Anand plays uninspiring draw in game 7, faces monumental task with 5 games left.
Viswanathan Anand - Falling into the trap

Monday 18 November '13

In games 5 & 6, Anand missed chances to steer play away from the endgame, Carlsen relishes.
Viswanathan, an end?

Sunday 17 November '13

Anand blunders to hand Carlsen second straight win and 4-2 lead.
Magnus Carlsen breaks deadlock

Saturday 16 November '13

Playing white pieces, Carlsen makes small advantage count, forcing Anand into fatal endgame errors.
Equal music: No matter if it's black or white

Friday 15 November '13

Anand and Carlsen have both held sway at various points, but there’s been no clear winner.
For the federation, draw is a point lost

Friday 15 November '13

Competition is at the core of sport and it is understandable that fans expect a result.
Title Fight: Viswanathan Anand's Houdini act

Thursday 14 November '13

Vishi's 'miracle move' earned him a draw, which at one point seemed a daunting prospect.
Viswanathan Anand misses chance to make a point

Wednesday 13 November '13

Champion gives challenger a scare with black pieces but Carlsen recovers to draw.
Garry Kasparov arrives, hopes there will be some blood

Tuesday 12 November '13

In his chat with the local media, he stayed off the topic of his broken relationship with Anand.
After two draws, who will blink first?

Tuesday 12 November '13

Having sized each other up, Anand and Carlsen will look for early advantage.
I had to decide whether I wanted to fly blind: Viswanathan Anand

Monday 11 November '13

Carlsen said he was not the greatest of starters and insisted things would get exciting later on.
Yesterday once more

Monday 11 November '13

Anand fails to take advantage of white pieces as Game 2 ends in draw after 67 minutes.


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Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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