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The Man Who Knows Too Much

Cover Story

The government fears his testimony could prove worse than his crimes

Stories in this issue

Where the Forests Have No Trees

Given the political compulsions of this insurgency-ridden district, regenerating hope, let alone forests, seems a tall order. Bhalukpong/Kamengbari, Assam Tene hole ki hol? Ahomoyot gutei…

Diary of a Newly Thin Person

The day the dream I had clutched for 13-something years came true was 22 September 2009. I stood before the mirror in my bathroom at 11:50 am, 26 years, 3 months and 18 days old, my crisp striped…

The Future of Meat

Like other genetically modified animals, the Yorkshire pig—whose DNA has been spliced with the mouse genome—has been given a cute, friendly name to endear it to a suspicious public. It’s called the…

Losing my Cannes Virginity

I have a bittersweet relationship with the Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, my short film Birju almost made it to the festival. They loved it, and I was waiting for an official letter. Over the next…

Condom Madam

Brothels are dirty places. In Kamathipura, India’s most famous red light area, you will find torn condoms and gutka packets strewn around, paint peeling off damp walls, and posters of C-grade films…

Track Two to the Olympics

KINALOOR, KERALA ~ It’s 7:45 am on a Saturday when I drive up the barely-used road leading up to former athlete PT Usha’s Usha ScHool of Athletics (USHA). An open field converted into a 400m…

International Cricket, Anyone?

It is hard to think of a tour in recent memory that seemed so pointless. In an earlier age, tours to the Caribbean evoked anticipation and terror in equal measure. The Indian team’s present hop…

That Film of Memory

I don’t know what is taught in journalism schools, I never went to one. But no matter what story I have done in the past 15 years, I’ve  learnt one thing: out in the field, you learn one new thing…

The Will of the Trust

PUTTAPARTHI ~ It is not even two months since Sathya Sai Baba passed away. The members of his charitable trust, however, seem to have no time to mourn him, as they have started jostling, again. At…

The Munde Muddle

The BJP is facing a severe crisis in Maharashtra. At its core, it is an ego clash between BJP President Nitin Gadkari and the party’s OBC face in the state Gopinath Munde. In recent days, the clash…