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The World Wild Web

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How the Indian government is trying to police the Internet

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After School

THE BOLD AND THE PRE-ADOLESCENT A young model faces a waiting posse of photographers and television crews CALL OF THE RAMP A half-eaten roll amid hangers belonging to designer Narendra…

The Grown-Up World of Child Models

Muskaan Malik is propped on the sofa between her parents at her Mumbra home. Her hair is in place, her smile wide and untiring, and her answers cute and well prepared. As if on cue, she gets up…

Tale of Two Fans

On Roger Federer There are five minutes to go for the match. I walk up to the small shrine at home and look at Sai Baba (of Shirdi, not Puttaparthi). “Look Baba, you’ve got to realise that…

God Save Test Cricket

The setting was the post-match press conference after the Adelaide Test between India and Australia. The press meet hadn’t yet started, and I was having an informal conversation with a senior…

India’s Own Jasmin Revolution

On the morning of 10 October 2011, Beena Baby, a 22-year-old staff nurse at Asian Heart Hospital, Mumbai, was found hanging in her flat in the suburb of Santa Cruz, a flat that she shared with eight…

Project Spotty

The cheetah was officially declared extinct in India in 1952. Six decades on, the country has come a long way. The GDP has increased by 66,400 per cent. The human population has grown from 350…

The College-goer’s Political Mind

Youngsters in Delhi lean away from extreme political viewpoints. While a quarter of them do lean towards the Left, most are centrist in their political outlook. Most students, surveyed at Delhi…

Why Do Voters Bother?

PUNJAB ~ witnessed my first Assembly election in Punjab in 2002, three years after I had been based in Punjab as a reporter. The choice before the state was between Amarinder Singh as leader of…

Down to a Trickle

Between the last time the Central Government came up with a National Water Policy (in 2002 during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s regime) and now, a lot of water has not just flown under the bridge but…

Star Wars: Isro’s Phantom Menace

BANGALORE ~ The lightsabers are finally out in public. For months, Indian Space Research Organisation’s corridors of power had been rife with tension as Isro’s former Chairman Madhavan Nair and…