Locomotif

The words of Nadine Gordimer (1923–2014) made South Africa a less dangerous place—and literature an argument for freedom

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Cover Story

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

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Foreign policy

That is what the Prime Minister is on the global stage

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Open Essay

It was the World Cup where the myth of Brazilian football came to an inglorious finale

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On the Record

As the architect of the Narendra Modi Government’s first Budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke to our Managing Editor, PR Ramesh. Excerpts

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LOST AND FOUND?
Enigma of the Missing Aircraft

Has a Messerschmitt Bf-109 sold illegally in Karnataka resurfaced in the UK?

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In memoriam
The Last Falcon: Jamil Ahmad

The late bloomer from Pakistan immortalised the lives of the frontier

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Unreasonable
Binay Bihari

For blaming mobile phones and non-vegetarian food for the rise of sexual attacks on women

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Cinema
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Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

A boorish film with one-dimensional acting, this is a poor parody of DDLJ

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Books
Man of the Wild

Conservationist Vivek Menon on charismatic mammals, environmental awareness and the urgent need for land securement

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Books
Begum of the Basilica

Julia Keay tells the story of an extraordinary woman ruler who constantly reinvented herself to survive the turmoil of India’s passage to British rule

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Nuanced family dramas from across the border break the monotony of Indian soap operas on television

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The rise of vegetarian terrorism

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The Rashtrapati Bhavan is shedding its imperial attitude and opening its splendid doors to hoi polloi. On the eve of the second anniversary of the Pranab Mukherjee presidency, Open takes a tour of the House that is changing

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What sets her apart, says Vidya Balan, is her need to grab roles that demand what few others can deliver

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Nuts over Dates • Feuding Filmstars • The Price of Lechery

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How Bollywood’s Punjabi inflection unifies India

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Smart marketing has turned cider into a cool drink for a new generation. Toddy makers could learn a thing or two from this apple beverage’s success

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Open Essay

Intimations of a New Establishment and the Return of Real India

DEFIANCE

Strains of rock music have begun to waft across the gullies of Nizamuddin that usually reverberate with qawwalis

OTHER HALF

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

Essay

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

Fashion

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

True Life

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

Sex

R.I.P. The female condom

Ethnic Cleansing

Driven out of Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims have become the nowhere people of Asia

Popularity

Shopping in the black market of social media

Portrait

A journey in search of the real Amit Shah