Received a “Dear John” letter from the New Indian Express to day afternoon! My last column was published this morning in this paper and uploaded to this blog. The e-letter from the person running the op-ed page ran thus:
We have decided to reformat our edit page and bring new columnists. I therefore regret to inform you that we will not be using your fortnightly column from now onwards. However, we will inform you if and when require an article from you.
I’ll take a break from column-writing for a little while, and see what comes up. But I’ll continue writing my blog when I’m moved, or provoked, to do so. What will also keep me busy is proof-reading. etc. of my new book — ‘Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)’ that Oxford University Press is publishing late August — around three months from today.