Politics

The three men who rule India

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Open Essay

Narendra Modi and the steroid theory of politics

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Comment

How the Left lost the fight against inequality to the Right

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PRIVILEGE

It’s one of the best addresses in Delhi—and one of the poshest and the classiest as well in its imperial elegance. Some occupants find it too good to vacate....

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ART

Why the work of Gaitonde, the artist who defied language, feels so much at home at New York’s Guggenheim Museum

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Cover Story: Politics

The second referendum on Modi propels reforms

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Maharashtra

Change goes saffron in the city of perpetual makeovers

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Haryana

One more state breaks out of traditional political loyalties and joins the BJP empire

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Books
Fall Fiction

The return of a Latin American literary idol, a Holocaust morality tale, pre-WWI England, stories from the shadowlands, a Victorian saga of closeted lesbians and a gay parallel narrative in seventeenth-century Amsterdam

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Books
Dharma Drama

In their retellings of India’s ancient past, these writers fall somewhere between shallow revisionism and ponderous pontification

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Cinema
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Happy New Year

Even if you ignore the inane antics of an ageing star, this film is too sneery by half

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In an exclusive interview to Open magazine, former Swiss banker and whistleblower Rudolf Elmer says that black money from the subcontinent stashed away in Swiss banks is used for terror activities

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A personal and political sketch of the man who, against many odds, has become the chief minister of Maharashtra

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From Benares to Mirzapur, mujrawaalis of today live on song and nostalgia, mourning the passing of their culture. As they prepare for the final farewell, we go in search of their last performances

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Will there ever be another star like SRK, selling aspiration to middle-class India?

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Mumbai
The Gender Bias No One Talks About

A ‘Right To Pee’ campaign in Mumbai is trying to address the dearth of public toilets for women

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Person of the week
A Natural Champion

The Bangalore-based cueist has now won a record 11th world title in billiards

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Unreasonable
Anil Singh, UP Shiv Sena President

For announcing a Rs 21,000 cash reward for Hindu families that have 10 or more children

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Cover Story

The manhunt for Yasin Bhatkal was India’s most meticulously planned undercover operation. An Open Exclusive chronicles India’s most sensational stakeout

100 Days of Modi

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

Food

The rise of vegetarian terrorism

Fashion

Four trendsetters in Indian fashion re-imagine menswear for a cool summer look

Cover Story

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

Essay

Why the prospects of the Congress’ fifth-generation dynastic gamble hang by a slender thread

Open Essay

Intimations of a New Establishment and the Return of Real India

True Life

When Najaraus, HIV-negative, met Maitri, HIV-positive

OTHER HALF

The woman believed to be the wife of the most powerful man in Gujarat lives in a one-room home

Portrait

A journey in search of the real Amit Shah