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The Story That Must Not be Told

Cover Story

What explains Indian media’s strategic silence on Open’s X-Tapes exposé

Stories in this issue

Bhagavad Gita

As the mighty wind, though moving everywhere, has no resting place but space, so have all these beings no home but Me —Bhagavad Gita

We See What We Hear

It is known that about 2 per cent of the human population has synesthesia, in which two different sensations (like colour and sound) are experienced as one. Although this condition is rare, new…

Oil Is Well, or Is It?

The IEA annual report puts world oil subsidy at $312 billion for 2009; India is listed as the fourth biggest subsidiser with $21bn spent to cushion fuel users. As India emerges, eyebrows across the…

Smashing the Silence

Tim Sebastian, once the iconic anchor of HARDtalk, is still doing what he does best— stirring things up with the Doha Debates. Chariman of the Doha Debates Tim Sebastian was in Chennai as part of a…

The Man Who Got Malaria 37 Times

Having had malaria 37 times, Rauf Ali, far from dreading the disease, now finds it is ‘not bad at all’. Let’s not count the six-seven bouts in Thailand. If one works in a rainforest, one expects to…

The Lexus and the Olive Creed

Lifestyle dining at this upscale restaurant thrives on the patronage of its celebrity clientele and the suitably loaded who will pay for the privilege of that company. I stumble through the small…

Loo and Behold!

It’s official: the other WTO has pronounced India an open-air defecation superpower. “These rooms are clean to both you and us. The delegates want certain standards in hygiene and cleanliness which…

The Dissection Man

The man who cut up his father to farther the cause of medicine. BELGAUM Holding a small gooseberry (amla) between his right thumb and forefinger, Dr Mahantesh Rammannavar says he has slept well. “…

Meter Down

A women’s group in Shillong objects to ‘women only’ taxis, calling it gender segregation. The Meghalaya government’s plan to introduce ‘women only’ taxis in the state capital has met with opposition…

Confessions of a JNU guard

“According to the rules, we have to stop them, but many couples get angry when they are caught in the act.” Being a guard at JNU is not a very tough job, except sometimes. There are 50 guards in JNU…