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There are places in India where rape is grounds for marriage. In some villages in Murshidabad, for example

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Confessions of an Autorickshaw Driver

It’s difficult for an autorickshaw driver to manipulate the fare meter. These meters have to be authenticated once every year or whenever official fares are revised. Tampering with the meter…

The Politics of Poverty

When it comes to estimating the number of poor households in India, the Planning Commission seems to get it wrong most of the time. Several years ago, it said that just over 28 per cent of India…

Offence: The Bollywood Case

Yes, Russell Peters probably dislikes Bollywood, but why is that surprising? Half of Bollywood hates Bollywood. Assistant directors will tell you how messed up actors are. Directors will tell…

Jail Term as Birth Control

In an effort to contain Kerala’s population growth, a committee has recommended jail terms for couples with more than two children. The committee, headed by Justice VR Krishnayar, is of the opinion…

Tale of Two Oversights

The Intelligence Bureau recently issued an alert that terrorists plan to strike Mumbai from a plane that will take off from Hubli Airport. In a show of strength and zeal against terrorism, the…

Voyage of the Art-Adventure Tourists

VARANASI This holy city is where Indian tourist tropes get sacralised. It’s where India Chaotic, Exotic and Apocalyptic get together and have a spectacularly over-the-top party, culminating in…

Revenge of the Cartoon

MUMBAI ~ When Satish Acharya drew a caricature of Sharad Pawar earlier this month, the cartoons struck back. The piece (reproduced above) captured the widespread disbelief about his declared assets.…

The Return of Telangana

HYDERABAD ~ The city is once again in the grip of pro-Telangana agitationists. This time, they have been joined by nearly 300,000 government employees, who have left the administration and…

Poison Pills

IDUKKI, KERALA ~ Since puberty, Dhanalakshmi has been popping pills, round and white little pills, of which she knows nothing apart from their purpose—to retain ‘purity’. The pills help her stave…

My Cup Runneth Over

At 11, I got breasts. I remember it as something that happened overnight—one day, I was a flat-chested innocent running about topless after my brother in the front garden, and the next, a jittery…