Cover Story

Antiquated war ships. Delayed purchases. Power of middlemen. Political meddling. The Indian Navy is in troubled waters. An Open investigation

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COMMENT

Mohan Bhagwat’s criticism of Mother Teresa and the debate that followed bring out the twisted logic of Indian liberals

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Kerala

Kerala’s most wanted Maoist couple are using fiction and journalism as weapons of mass delusion

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Politics

They were Mumbai policemen with a licence to kill. Now they want to be politicians

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Comedy
BY V Shoba

Is AIB’s ribaldry representative of all stand-up acts in India? The next wave of humour may belong to clean comedy

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Open Essay

Why a modern economic vision is incomplete without smart cities

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Politics

With its shrinking Dalit base and the possibility of losing national-party status, BSP is in mortal crisis

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Cinema

Varun Dhawan steps out of the comfort zone of slapstick comedy into the badlands of Badlapur

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Cinema
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Badlapur

An intelligent narrative style with fine wholesome performances makes this film a great watch

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Books
God is in the Details

An Indologist from Italy reflects on the rapture that religion offers as an experience

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Books
The General and the Half-and-Half

A novel about a Dutch-Pakistani girl coming of age in Zia’s Islamabad

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Rosemary Crill and Divia Patel, co-curators of an upcoming exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, talk about the illustrious legacy of Indian textiles

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The younger, local audience in Rajasthan may not realise what the fuss is about, but the world’s best musicians are drawn to the folk music of their state

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Islamic fundamentalists chopped off his right hand. His college dismissed him. The government abandoned him. His wife ended her own life when she could not take the trauma any longer. And his son was hounded by the police for no reason. Open met TJ Joseph in his hometown in central Kerala. The indefatigable teacher is in the midst of writing his memoir

BY V Shoba
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Why Justice Mehrotra is India’s most effective Lokayukta

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Small World
Around the World on a Solar Plane

A solar aircraft, with touchdowns in Ahmedabad and Varanasi, attempts to fly the globe in five months

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Person of the week
Mexican Subversive

When Iñárritu made Birdman, he was trying to keep his sense of humour alive

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Unreasonable
Renuka Chowdhury

For delaying an Air India flight by 45 minutes

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Open Essay

Why Modi lost and Kejriwal won

Cover Story: Obama in Delhi

Lame duck President meets rampant Prime Minister

Cover Story: Ideas

Liberals lose the plot from Paris to Delhi

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

COVER STORY: MODI 2014

of an India rediscovered and the challenges of being modern

Comment

The religious dichotomies that explain the Hindus’ homecoming

After Paris

For the masses to be mobilised, the violence must be seen as justified. That means choosing the ‘lowest common denominator’

Business

The TCS pink slip controversy is an occasion to reflect on corporate terminations of employment. Plus, a survival guide for those at the receiving end

Open Essay

A grand PDP-BJP coalition in the state could bridge the divide between the Valley’s Muslims and the Jammu region’s Hindu majority

Literature

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 clear victory for fundamentalists