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The Complicated Case of Choked Gas

Now that the national euphoria over India’s self-sufficiency in natural gas, set off by Reliance’s KG Basin gas strike of 2002, has given way to disappointment over a mysterious drop in gas…

A Letter to Sachin Tendulkar

Dear Sachin, Michael Jordan, the you of basketball, is notorious for his poor sense of style today. But in the 1990s, Jordan’s best years as a player, he had the reputation of a natty, perceptive…

Parking Privileges

No matter how many multi-storeyed parking lots get built, random parking continues on our streets. One reason is that illegal parking is not just not penalised, it’s tacitly encouraged by poor…

The Day of the Ganges Dolphin

NEW DELHI ~ The Ganges Dolphin—of which an estimated 2,500 remain in India—earned itself a spot in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) ‘Red List’ as an endangered species in…

Parliament: Six Decades of Decline

On 13 May 2012, India’s Parliament turns 60. The Government has drawn up a grand plan to commemorate the occasion. In a joint session of Parliament, MPs will sit and discuss the journey so far.…

The Aarushi Case Files

Aarushi Talwar, 14, and Hemraj, 40, a Nepali citizen, were murdered on the night of 15 May 2008, between midnight and 1 am. Four years later, the murder trial is finally due to start. This has…

The Oust Mayawati Campaign

Two months after Mayawati suffered an electoral catastrophe in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) faces its first ever real threat of a vertical split. The revolt against the party…

The Outcastes of a Liberated Zone

An inky winter morning, a narrow mud path led past a creaking water handpump to a maze of homes and small fires. A short woman emerged from her house with a cooking vessel as I stepped forward to say…

The Day ‘Caman-do’ Took Away a Little Girl

Basanta and Ranjeeta are upbeat. It’s just after seven in the morning. The day is sunny and crisp, the damp of monsoons a memory. Even the battered Bolero off-roader of Human Rights Alert has stopped…

Speed Thrills

Indian Formula 1 fans are still pinching themselves to see if all this is real. When Niresh Malik found himself cheering for Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the Indian Grand Prix last year, screaming…