Previous Issues

A Voyeur’s Guide to the Billionaire Experience

Cover Story

A hedonistic celebration of affluence

Stories in this issue

Open’s coverage of the anti-corruption movement

The Anna Hazare Show ~ by Manu Joseph, 09 APR 2011 The comic revolution of an obsolete man “Put the Lokpal Bill to referendum” ~ by Dhirendra K Jha, 15 APR 2011 Prashant Bhushan, one of the chief…

Depends on What’s on the Line

Recently, the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum in Thrissur, Kerala, issued an arrest warrant and recalled it in 24 hours. The person against whom the warrant was issued was Mukesh Ambani—chairman…

Make-out Matriculates

A few weeks ago, the announcement that Austria would be home to the world’s first sex school gave the term ‘adult education’ a sizzling new meaning. The Austrian International School of Sex was to…

The Joy of Free Thought

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, also known as the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, died on 19 December, aged 69. He suffered a heart attack while travelling by train. The…

Life, Liberty and Luxury for All

Existence precedes consciousness. This seems true at least of the luxury market. It exists. But, here is the question, should it? In a country that ranks with sub-Saharan Africa on poverty? In a…

Red Sunrise in the Northeast

In the last few months, Maoists in India have suffered some major losses. Apart from the killing of senior leaders like Kishenji, sustained security operations in the red corridor have also made them…

The Scramble for Credit

MUMBAI ~ Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s much-criticised Elephant Park and Ambedkar Memorial has achieved sentimental resonance within Mumbai’s Dalit community. Community leaders here are…

No Precedent for Kejriwal’s Lokpal

The ostensible reason for Kejriwal’s reckless hurry to have the Jan Lokpal enacted into law is that the institution’s proposal has been pending for the last 42 years. The rhetorical value of ‘42…

Does Sonia’s Way Differ from Anna’s?

One of the problems with the debate on the Lokpal Bill has been Anna Hazare’s belief that he can exercise a veto over any provisions of the Bill that do not meet his approval. Often enough, this has…

Australia is the New Pakistan

It’s the biggest match of the Australian summer. Talking of great rivalries in Test match cricket, it doesn’t get better than India versus Australia on Boxing Day at the MCG. Ticket sales, which…