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Haunted by the Ghosts of Babi Yar

Do violent deaths leave some sort of residue that lasts for decades? In a world that encourages shying away from anything that appears remotely unscientific, how does a rational human being justify…

The Age of Cretinism

IN AN ERA WHERE LANGUAGE HAS LOST ALL STABLE REFERENTS, it is difficult to find a word that describes the tenor of our times. But if, at the pain of gross simplification, one were to choose a word to…

A Permanent Struggle

THE AMAZING THING ABOUT FREEDOM IS THAT IT remains contested forever. The word appears on the cover of this issue of the magazine as a commemorative reminder, and it brings back conflicting histories…

M Karunanidhi (1924-2018): End of an Epic

“I have written the opening history of this movement—and Karunanidhi will write the latter part of it,” CN Annadurai, the founder of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its first Chief Minister…

Descendants

TUSHAR GANDHI, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, reveals that he was taught very early in his childhood that there was nothing called a ‘greatness gene’. Which is indeed a sensible warning by…

The Legacy of Madan Mohan Malaviya

WHAT SORT OF ‘Satya’—truth— might Madan Mohan Malaviya (1861–1946) have had in mind when he championed ‘Satyamev Jayate’ as India’s motto at a 1918 Congress session held in Delhi some two years after…

Economic Lessons From the Raj

IT’S A SAD paradox of our history that national independence came with the loss of the economic freedom India enjoyed for a century-and-a-half under British rule. That may come as a surprise to…

Open Diary

THE MONSOON SESSION of Parliament was a bit too short for my liking—from July 18th to August 10th—but it proved remarkably productive. Unlike the second half of the Budget Session that was a complete…

Liberty for Whom?

IT HAS BECOME one of the defining features of Indian politics that disaffection among a section of the population amid broad-ranging governance failures invariably translates into a demand for…

Tushar Gandhi: Under Bapu’s Shadow

INSIDE HIS SPARTAN Mumbai home on the second floor of an ageing building with narrow, dark staircases and walls with peeling plaster that remind one of Fassbinder movies that portrayed life in post-…