JOURNALISM

Aaniruddha Bahal is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cobrapostcom, an Indian news and views website and television production house. Previously, he worked for India Today, Down to Earth, Financial Express & Outlook, among other publications. He also co-founded Tehelka.com. Bahal's last novel, Bunker 13 was published in 2003 to international acclaim. More recently, he hostedthe Tony B. Show on Channel V. he can be contacted at seleucusnicanor@gmail.com


Sheikh Dulaimi’s Ransom? Asha Parekh

Heading some 16,500 tribal leaders and with tremendous family clout, Sheikh Hisham al-Dulaimi is a natural choice for mediator between KGL and Black Flags

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Nothing new in our harassment by cops

Operation Duryodhana, the sting investigation had led to the expulsion of 11 members from both houses of Parliament.

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Stirrings In Sheikhdom

The Beslan massacre has sent the Arab world into a bout of introspection

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The Wages Of Fear

Just on Thursday, two Pakistani hostages are killed. The fate of the Indian truckers in captivity remains uncertain. What prompts about 1500 Indian truckers to accept this high-risk job? First-hand notes from the highway to Baghdad.

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Yanks In Pyjamas

The ‘gentleman’s game’ might just make a mark in the US

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Azhar Isn’t Y2K Compliant

Jadeja is a tempting choice, but it’s Sachin who must play helmsman in India’s millennium team

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On The Road

DRESSING ROOM TALES RAJ Singh Dungarpur has got his reasons down pat. He says the Indians lost because of a paucity of all-rounders, low fitness level, […]

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The Quick-Fix Agent

The Stephen Fleming-Chris Lewis disclosures point to an Indian with a ‘conman’ reputation

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Exclusive Extracts From The Qayyum Inquiry

Here’s the Qayyum report undiluted. Remember, the depositions were taken after taking an oath on the Holy Quran.

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Red Cherry Blossoms

If there’s sledging and fiendish competition on field, there’s also banter, bonhomie and-despite all-a natural bonding

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“It’s Important We Play Against Pakistan. It’s Our Ashes.”

Ever since Mark Waugh and Shane Warne admitted making money off the pitch, match-fixing has come back to haunt the game. Aniruddha Bahal cornered BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur in Christchurch, who, for once, didn’t attempt to hedge questions on

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“The ICC Can’t Remain A Mute Spectator Now”

He is cricket’s most powerful administrator. In a game where very few administrators have displayed a vision, he is at least credited with one. Reeling under a spate of reports hinting at a nexus between players and bookies, and specially after t

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Bigger Than Bodyline

The ghost of match-fixing returns home with a bang—the web of deceit widens and the accusers become the accused

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A Couple Like Kapil

A study in contrast, all-rounders Robin Singh and Ajit Agarkar exploit opportunity and give the Indian team a much-needed depth

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That’s A No-Ball

Which team for the C’wealth games? BCCI, IOA pick up a fight

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A Bridge Too Long

The Army reconnects a part of India—in a heroic 20 days

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Sachin An Intimate Potrait

India’s cricketing genius takes a rare holiday—and provides a glimpse of his game, his life, his family

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Sideline Snapshots

Indian hip hop, French cuisine: Aniruddha Bahal

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Samba, But In Slo-Mo

The form book is suffering tremors but Brazil is likely to deliver its billing

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Crunch Time

Forget the Hooligan les Anglais and the festival of scandal. Buckle up for the kick of death.

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A Ghauri Sight

Ghauri can strike you in 6-7 minutes, wipe out 90 lakh people in Delhi, another 89.36 lakh in Bombay

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Mark This Man

He loves to gamble, takes risks, and has an astute business sense. Meet Sachin’s commercial custodian Mark Mascarenhas, the biggest player in subcontinental cricket outside the playing field.

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There’s Just No Rattlesnake Juice

An air of futility pervades India’s preparations for the World Cup

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Trident Missile

India has the batting armoury to pulverise any bowling attack in the coming decade

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Justice Hangs Mid-Air

A village woman is sentenced to death for murder. But where’s the motive, ask activists.

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Feeling The Global Heat

What does global warming mean for the Indian subcontinent? Some predictions: a fall in rice/wheat production; rise in malaria, cholera, dengue; scarce rainfall; receding glaciers; inundation of coastal areas leading to brackish water increase, affect

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The Ecological Debt-Trap

Why is Gujral nodding when Clinton says the South has to take some blame for global warming?

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Bengal’s Raja

Saurav Ganguly’s first love was football but the stylish bat has proved all his critics wrong in the Lord’s game

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The Toronto All-Stars

A new-look Indian team strikes pay dirt on an atrocious pitch

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Defying God & Gravity

It’s plain sailing for Somender Singh—whether he’s hang-gliding, taking pictures or doing odd-jobs

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The Colour Of Ink Is White

Asian faces on the BBC is fine, but Fleet Street is still a ‘subtly racist’ fortress—out of bounds

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“Azhar,Jaddu Used To Call Me”

Former Pakistan keeper Rashid Latif shares his thick dossier on match-fixing

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Cricket’s Dirty Games

Match-fixing looms as players, bookies, jounos and punters strike a nexus

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Ostrich Stance

Match-fixing charges kick up a ruckus. But the BCCI buries its head in silence.

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“The Guilty Are Squirming”

Cleaning the system is never easy, but a beginning has to be made somewhere

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Virtually A Bombing Experience

One can achieve anything at one’s computer-from honing baseball skills to operating on brain tumours

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Spinning Out Of Control

An inquiry into match-fixing turns murky as Pakistani players give hazy depositions

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Great Players, Great Guys

The amiable Sri Lankans turn into fierce gladiators on the field. And the world is still adjusting.

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‘ICC Ruling Is A Cunning Ploy To Stop Me’

In an interview to Outlook, BCCI Secretary Jagmohan Dalmiya spoke about his plans for the Asian Cricketing Council and his bid to be ICC chairman. Excerpts:

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“It’s Come At The Right Time”

India’s new cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar takes time out after the team’s selection to talk to Aniruddha Bahal about his new role:

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In The Saddle, Finally

Indian cricket’s wunderkind moves to the top slot

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The Paes Setter

Leander gives India something to cheer about, proves he’s more than a Davis Cup voodoo man

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Joyride On The Net

A fast-paced, real-life thriller

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Going Places

Finally, leisure travel booms in India

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Too Crowded At The Top

With caution thrown to the winds by climbers of every hue, the route to Mount Everest resembles a railway station

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Treacherous Triumph

Questions of ethics and safety surface as Everest claims eight mountaineers in one day

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Olympian Efforts

Indian sportsmen get a boost from four American companies

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Oriental Magic

With flair and originality, subcontinental cricket infuses the game with a new spirit and logic

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We Have A Bad Team And A Bad Management: Brian Lara

In the Kenyan dressing room after that epochal Pune match, Principal Correspondent Aniruddha Bahal finds himself the sole media witness to Brian Lara’s devastating diatribe against the Windies team and management

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The Kovalam Allure

In the autumn of their lives, many westerners make the beach town their second home

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The Kerala Carnival

Beaches, backwaters, health resorts make the state the hottest tourist destination

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In Cold Storage

A technology crisis brews in the Indian refrigerator industry

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Tardy Tourism

India fails to exploit the Cup’s tourist potential

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Startling Revelations

The fifth National Readership Survey shatters some popular myths dominating the media world

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Painted In Surreal Shades Of Green

A new breed of environmentalists as quirky as a Dali canvas

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Clean Up Or Close Down

The Gujarat High Court orders the closure of about 1,500 industrial units in the state for violating pollution norms

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