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“We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government”

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Those words of Naxal supreme commander Ganapathi, in his first-ever media interview, ring with an ominously steely resolve...

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Business Briefing 17/10

Dylanesque duplicity and how dollar blues drive investors to gold... Dylanesque duplicity The times, they really are a changin’ and how, Mr Bob Dylan. The great protest poet of the 1960s is now…

India This Week

Indian Citizenship for Sri Lankan Refugees? Whenever Sri Lankan refugees of Tamil origin reach Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu in the dead of the night, their hearts feel lighter. It doesn’t matter that…

News for Sale, Officially

It’s not just private companies but even Government bodies which now want advertisements couched as news. This September, a notice from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reached major…

On Sale: The King’s Hair

When great artistes die, their memories live on even if they are in the form of scarves which have sweat stains on them. Or 50-year-old hair. Leslie Hindman, an auction house in Chicago, is putting…

Is There Ever a Right Time for It?

The Physics Nobel Prize this year was awarded to Charles Kao, Willard Boyle and George Smith ‘for ground-breaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication…

“We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government”

The supreme commander of CPI (Maoist) talks to Open in his first-ever interview. At first sight, Mupalla Laxman Rao, who is about to turn 60, looks like a school teacher. In fact, he was one in the…

In Their Glory

Serena Williams may be making waves with her sensuous nude photo on the cover of ESPN magazine’s ‘Body issue’. But she’s not the first sportsperson to do the full monty. German figure skater Katarina…

Bomba(y)rding Raj

The idea is to write Raj Thackeray a postcard with a peace message, with ‘Bombay’ instead of ‘Mumbai’ in the address. It’s a brainchild of the Citizens’ Collective Against Censorship, an online forum…

Switch in Position for the BBC

The BBC’s always been what the world listened to. Now, for the first time the British broadcaster is listening in. While putting together its new editorial guidelines for TV, radio and online, which…