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The Last of the Aryans

Cover Story

The pure ‘Aryan’ studs of India

Stories in this issue

Cracking the Case of Counterfeits

Apart from soaring domestic interest rates, the Centre’s searing fiscal deficit, and high inflation coupled with lower growth, there is another threat to the Indian economy: a spurt in the smuggling…

Revolt in Rohtas

NEW DELHI ~ Caste dynamics in Bihar has reared its ugly head within the local Maoist leadership as well. In Rohtas district, six villages have emptied out, with hundreds of people shifting to other…

VS versus Vijayan, the Nth Round

KOCHI ~ With the CPM’s organisational polls being announced, the battle lines have been drawn sharply in the Kerala unit. Comrade VS Achuthanandan, who had single-handedly taken the party to a near…

Matchmaking for Exiles

Three decades of civil war have scattered about a quarter of the Sri Lankan Tamil population around the globe, across Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the…

Coffee and the Art of Motorcycle Curation

Bikers are known to be a weird lot. It takes more than a casual interest in bikes to gain acceptability within their exhaust-fume fortified group. The men and their machines live in a secret world to…

A Colourful Past

Not skeletons, but a treasure trove of vibrant colours and textures has been tumbling out of long-forgotten, dusty cupboards in the musty corners of the Botanical Survey of India in Kolkata. Vibrant…

iRobot Scooba 230

Vacuum cleaners have evolved into robot-cleaners with artificial intelligence. But most of them are just that—vacuum cleaners. And for many, especially in India, that’s simply not enough. The floor…

Opt for a Quantum Exam Instead

Imagine you have studied just a single page of a textbook for an exam. For a teacher, it should be easy to set a question based on information from any one page of the book that you cannot answer. Or…

My Undying Love Affair

Last week, a journalist asked me why, after nearly 20 years, I was still so enamoured of Bollywood. What was so compelling about the Hindi film industry? It’s the films, of course, but it’s also the…

Gandhi to Hitler

If Gandhi to Hitler weren’t so stupid, Oliver Hirschbiegel, who made Downfall, the controversial German film about the last days of Hitler, would have been apoplectic. The scenes of Adolf Hitler in…