What started as a photography assignment to capture a festival of pachyderms soon turned into a passion project for Anand Shinde
At the age of 84, S Paul, the man who shaped Indian photojournalism, still takes his camera out for a daily shoot
Hanif Kureishi’s sharp new novel is not only a riff on the Naipaul-French saga, but also an exploration of his own fascination for writers and their habits
Sudesh Choudhary has broken a tradition spanning more than six centuries. Do men still set the limits of her power?
The author underwent female-to-male sex re-assignment surgery, but has been unable to switch his passport gender. The story of his struggle in his own words
Wandering the city at night with photographer Gavin Evans
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The future of freedom and institutional decay
In some parts of Rajasthan, girls are married as young as eight years old. Some have grown up to declare freedom
Stephen Mark Kotkin on Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, his first volume in a three-part study of the Russian autocrat which hit the stands recently
Modi seems to be re-defining the terms on which India is likely to engage with the world in the coming years
Can Ashraf Ghani save Afghanistan? The new President in conversation with James Astill
What’s behind the outrage over Pakistani hockey players’ rudeness towards spectators
The fall of Robin L Raphel and an old diplomatic peeve
How some individuals and organisations are creating conversations around a subject which was hitherto a taboo
Rajan believes that it is too early to be complacent about inflation. For him, it is too risky to cut rates now. The reality is that Rajan isn’t likely to get a more benign scenario for a rate cut
The present government need not squander away a mandate as overwhelming as this and must fix India’s infrastructure first at its very fundamental level. Sanskrit and The Gita can wait
Bharat Ratna or not, Atal Bihari Vajpayee matters more in the age of Narendra Modi
Have you heard of someone called S Sukhdev? It’s about time you did
Remembering Tapan Raychaudhuri (1926—2014), historian, storyteller and friend
By portraying a rape survivor as superhero, a unique multimedia project attempts to fight social stigma and bring change
Justice V R Krishna Iyer (1914-2014) was a tireless champion of fundamental rights
The pace of overall reforms has been slow but Prime Minister Modi scores full marks in foreign policy
The religious dichotomies that explain the Hindus’ homecoming
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Why Hindutva’s street fighter refuses to deviate from his cause
Has OPEC been rendered a relic of the past? Saudi oil price aggression suggests so, but tensions in the Middle East could flare up
How India won the Blind World Cup in cricket
Lingaa is a rollercoaster that hurtles to a stop, leaving fans craving bigger thrills, but there is no end in sight for the cult of Rajinikanth
Can you think of any shop that would sell a toothpaste, or a 67-year-old newspaper, or an aircraft? The curious world of online classifieds
Designers strike a stunning balance between tradition and modernity as the sari becomes the newest style statement
An Old Delhi neighbourhood full of highly skilled craftspeople struggles to survive, to keep some fragment of its poetry in a city whose priorities are far more prosaic.
Anu Malhotra’s debut exhibition shows the artist’s obsession with journeys
America’s favourite non-hero’s swansong, an odd new tale from Ben Okri, a fashion diva’s gorgeous biography and the last of Follett’s Century trilogy
A horror movie sustained by rich metaphors and some excellent acting
The new Omega Speedmaster is inspired by man’s exploration of the moon
How the modern bird lost all its teeth
India’s only company that makes voters’ ink safeguards its chemical formula as a ‘State secret’ even though it’s easy to erase
“There have been deaths in my ambulance, but also births. At the set-up I work for, more than 13,000 babies were born in a vehicle”
Murthy had in the past asked for a ban on assault weapons, citing guns and bullets as a threat to public health
A Chennai-based group of transgender activists is using theatre to evoke the empathy of people
On a closer read, the BJP’s manifesto ‘One India, Greater India’ is the party’s most definitive documentation of life after Ayodhya.
Political agents seem hellbent on stirring UP’s communal cauldron: a ground report
In Ayodhya, which is one of the most lawless towns in India, disciples are killing their gurus to usurp precious temple land
The Indian Civil Service officer who helped the Hindu Mahasabha lay claim to the Babri Masjid.
The Allahabad High Court’s verdict was a classic case of exceeding the brief
Modi’s plan to preside over an out-of-court settlement flops
The untold story of the night of 22-23 December 1949, when Rama was planted in Ayodhya. The night that decisively shaped India’s modern political history.
The talking heads who so insist have no idea what is at stake in Ayodhya
Jurisprudence is just as vital to the idea of India as maintaining communal equilibrium.
The court will soon decide who owns the Babri Masjid site. Whichever way the verdict goes, the politics of religion will make a comeback.
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