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Our Literary Culture Does Not Deserve Freedom

Cover Story

The Rushdie affair and the hand of the Congress

Stories in this issue

Sri Ram Sene Hoists Pakistan Flag

BANGALORE ~ That the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka is silently encouraging its affiliated outfits to don the role of cultural and moral police is well known. It’s also clear…

Hypocrisy Over Housing

MUMBAI ~ Thirty years ago, when thousands of textile mill workers across the city walked in unison behind union leader Datta Samant, it was for the promise of a better life. Higher wages,…

The Sting Operator Who Gave Up Anonymity

The ambience at Clube Nacional is perfect, and one immediately envisions the film version of this story: lone journalist, snubbed by (many of) his peers for his collegial exposés, sits at a table in…

General Deception

Union Defence Minister AK Antony recently termed corruption in the Army an “aberration”, asserting that the Government would not tolerate a “single instance” of it in India’s armed forces. But when…

Caught in the Act

Ten years ago, a friend in publishing told me every book he published was about sex. It had to be, or it wouldn’t sell. That year, one of his authors had won the Bad Sex Award so I could allow him…

Stealth Revolution

When women ask the lady I am interviewing, a 53-year-old Bohri, if she has had her three daughters circumcised, she almost always nods. For, she had promised her mother-in-law that she would keep…

How Fast Can a Drone Go?

A bird flying through dense jungle, a downhill skier travelling down a forested slope and a drone flying through habitation all need to solve a similar problem: how fast can one safely go without…

Sony Ericsson Live Walkman

The Walkman phone is back in a new avatar. This time it is cool white, has a 3.2 inch WVGA screen, its Home button is in the centre, and it runs on Android 2.3. Though it is powered by a single core…

J Edgar

As a monster chief bureaucrat of the US for almost half a century, J Edgar Hoover’s extraordinarily successful career says more things about that so-called ‘open’ society than any history book can…