Previous Issues

A Coup Made in India?

Cover Story

Senior figures in the ousted Maldives government raise questions about the role of the Indian High Commissioner

Stories in this issue

When Shareholders Revolt

Some diamonds glitter. Some do not. Last week, in a rare display of shareholder activism, investors representing 27 per cent of Barclays’ equity shares rejected the bank’s Board decision to pay CEO…

It’s More than Symbolic

The recent nomination of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha created a furore. A majority of people were doubtful of what role Tendulkar would play in the House and also of his…

Man With the Enchanting Nod

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood superstar of the 1960s and 1970s, who has been away from the public glare for a long time and was last seen in the 2008 film Wafa: A Deadly Love Story, is back in front…

Why Mahe matters to Elysée Palace

KOCHI ~ Nearly 40 people in the town of Mahe, in Kerala’s Kannur district, are voting in an election. They are not electing a candidate from the ruling Congress-led UDF (United Democratic Front…

Have a Heart

Shah-e-Tara Jasrotia, 64, flaunts a few words in faded green across her arm. “It is a tattoo,” she says, “I got it years ago.” Squint a little, go closer, and the text in Devnagri script on her…

The Legend of Barça

Two factors have changed football rapidly in recent years. One, the offside rule was altered in 2005, reducing the impact of the offside trap. Two, referees are now told to be especially severe…

Sits, Shoots and Leaves

It is 10 am and a typical Mumbai morning is underway. Large crowds have swelled on every platform of the city’s busy Thane station. But there are no trains. Neither is there any sign of one. The…

When a Lie Scrapes the Sky

Niranjan Hiranandani is no ordinary builder, even by Mumbai standards, where builders wield enormous clout and property is among the most expensive in the world. Hiranandani constructs…

Reading in Sin

Recently, a controversy of a distressingly familiar kind, at least for those of us who are interested in the written word breathing freely, emerged in Indian newspapers. Peter Heehs, an American…

The Constant Writer

Ramachandra Guha is one of India’s best known public intellectuals, an academic who writes regularly in newspapers and magazines. He has also taken up the responsibility of writing an accessible…