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“Manmohan will be PM till 2014”

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Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh speaks to Open

Stories in this issue

Boneless, from Vietnam

This could happen to you. You’re at brunch and you cut into some steamed fish, a fillet of white flesh that peeps out from a green-herb-cloud of basil and chives. You lift a forkful to your lips, and…

His Own Way

Before it was a movie, No One Killed Jessica was a thought. Not a firm thought. Not even a half-dry one. Raj Kumar Gupta, the film’s amiable writer and director, saw something in the Jessica Lall…

War on the Male of the Species

P Ramesh was desperate for employment. It was 1979, he had just passed his class X examinations, and his hard-up family was pressuring him to encash his education as quickly as possible. His search…

Fair Game

Karan Rawat, an executive creative director at the Mumbai branch of Grey Worldwide, an advertising agency, has spent years thinking about denim. One of his earliest insights into consumer behaviour (…

Spearhead

Next week, it will be 47 years since Bob Dylan released The Times They Are a-Changin. Intended as an anthem for the times, it also had some sage advice for those in the fourth estate: Come writers…

Lost and Found

On one of Nupur’s visits to her cousin Anuj’s house, he showed her a big, fancy camera. “It was really cool, and I asked him if he had just bought it,” says Nupur. He hadn’t, and he told Nupur how…

Don’t Hindu Gurus Care about Corruption?

Syphilis used to be the most frightening disease in the world. The third and final stage ate away the body, destroying bone and tissue. Noses collapsed. The roof of the mouth vanished. The skull…

No Pakistanis Please

Onions bring tears to our eyes. With the price of onions skyrocketing in Maharashtra, people are being forced to reconsider their traditional ways of cooking food. Homemakers are thronging markets…

Dalits Angle for Big Money Contracts

On 2 January, members of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce (DICCI) met for dinner at the India International Centre, a venue usually reserved for the creamy layer of Indian society.  The location…

Mirror of Silence

Graveyards can tell you a lot about the politics of a place and its people. Sometimes, they also point to the truth—or absence of it. In downtown Srinagar’s Mazaar-e-Shauhda (‘martyrs’ graveyard’),…