Locomotif

President Barack Obama at this Republic Day Parade is all about Modi’s mission on his own mythology—and his India

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Lame duck President meets rampant Prime Minister

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Obama’s State of the Union address on 20 January reinforces his protectionist image. It would scare potential investors away from projects such as the Make in India...

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Open Essay

The Censor Board is extra constitutional junk. Time to abolish it

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Literature
BY V SHOBA

Even as we rage against Perumal Murugan’s forced exile from literature, a generation of Tamil writers is pausing mid-thought and self-censoring its work in what is a...

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Cover Story: Obama in Delhi

A measure of honest reserve would serve India’s interests better and win Obama’s respect

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CRICKET

How the Indian pitch killed the spinner

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Society

Suspicious couples and the booming cottage industry of peace-of-mind tests

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Books
The Third and Final Continent

MG Vassanji goes home again in an elegant memoir

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Books
Farewell Exotica

Granta’s second India issue brings together a new crop of writers who don’t quite up the ante

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Books
Tales from the Last Chance Saloon

Vinod Mehta updates his memoir with more wicked and wonderful stories from his life as an editor

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Fluent in the grammar of social media, a new generation of singer-songwriters is all set to storm the stage

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Anju Dodiya on ‘Imagined Immortals’, her show in Delhi that uses contrast to stunning effect

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The ‘Make in India’ campaign held resonance for metal bands decades before the idea began trending

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The online responses of Indian Muslims to the Paris massacre should serve as a wake-up call

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Small World
Cows for the Cause of a Clean India

A floor cleanser derived from cow urine is under development for use in government offices

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FRIENDSHIP OF THE WEEK
A Bend in the Feud

VS Naipaul and Paul Theroux, who starred as antagonists in one of literature’s most keenly followed feuds, appear to have made up with each other

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The Strange Ways of Kapil Sibal

While lawyers are free to choose their clients, Sibal’s decision has miffed Congress leaders in the state unit

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Cover Story

Aatish Taseer’s new novel is a modern classic on being Indian

NEHRU ISSUE

Nehru bided his time and came out trumps. Bose rebelled against the mainstream and found himself as an unsuccessful De Gaulle

Interview: Aatish Taseer

Aatish Taseer's new novel, The Way Things Were, is an Indian classic spanning the eventful decades between the Emergency and the advent of Modi, set in Lutyens' Delhi. The novelist in conversation with the Editor of Open magazine

Stand-off

Has the education minister put the Prime Minister’s modernisation agenda in jeopardy?

Fount

What Sanskrit has meant to me

Cover Story

The Modi model of governance has banished power brokers and set in motion a new work culture. The inside story

NEHRU ISSUE

He did a far better job of gaining knowledge of the larger sweep of history than any of his contemporaries. The confidence with which we condemn Nehru exposes the narrowness of our certainties more than it detracts from his achievements

100 Days of Modi

An amazing transition from Candidate to Prime Minister, from Seeker to Giver

NEHRU ISSUE

What would Nehru have done if he were alive today, amidst the war between modernity and religiosity?

Despatch

The investigation into a bomb blast in the town of Burdwan in West Bengal last month put the spotlight on a wider network of terror modules stretching beyond the border to Bangladesh. A report from the new dateline of terror