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The China Threat

Cover Story

As the Asian Century unfolds, India must get its act together to prevent its powerful northern neighbour from usurping the country’s future

Stories in this issue

How They Made Total Ten

Not long after the night of 26 November, several filmmakers had a wholly original thought. Why not make a disaster movie out of this? And so, as the filming of Total Ten commenced at Film City in…

The Argumentative Skirt

She taunts me a lot. It usually happens in the morning, sometime post shower, prebreakfast, in or around my wardrobe. As I edit the best pieces on the racks, the snickering gets louder. Why? Why not…

Staging the World

SUNIL PEGU is a Class 5 dropout and a poor sharecropper in Assam’s backward and remote Dhemaji, the headquarters of a district by the same name, but he can easily critique Michael Henchard’s—the…

Burkha Rapper

Yarabbi-bil Mustafa/ Ghallil magaa seedhaana/ Wa firlanaa maamaadha/ Ya wasiyal karaami (O My Creator Allah/Fulfill my aims in life/Forgive our sins/O Allah, you are the Greatest) When you see me/ Is…

Papas Don’t Play

AT ONE POINT it was believed that the only thing that could stop five-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was a speeding train. Then along came Rafael Nadal, a Spaniard whose ground strokes are…

The Willow of Wright

The story of the preferred variety of willow in cricket bats, begins in an Essex plantation of a family firm ASK THE world’s best batsmen what their bats are made of and you get a straight drive:…

Watch ’em Grow

India is a compelling growth market for international broadcasters who know what they’re up to. So what are they up to? IN THE SUMMER OF 2004, top executives from Discovery Channel’s global…

Brown vs Cameron

ONE IS sauve, savvy and young. The other staid, shy and frumpy. But they are both vying for the same job. One has style, the other has substance, but both are fighting to clean up the image of their…

Lalu’s Party is Over

LALU PRASAD’S political career seems closer to a dead end than anyone dared expect. After almost being squeezed out of the Lok Sabha in the recent election, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief now…

Saving CPM from Vijayan

Pinarayi is a small village in Kannur in North Kerala. The soil in these parts is a shade of red and not just because Vijayan was born here, the youngest of a 14-strong brood fathered by a toddy…