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A planned massacre, not a riot

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A week of madness in Assam

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This Was No ‘Riot’

A week of madness in Assam 1 – Body of a 50 years old Jamila lies in a police truck in Kokrajhar. Her body was found floating in a river five days after she went missing from her village on the day…

The Nonsense of No-Go Zones

Last week, India’s Supreme Court (SC) banned tourism in the ‘core areas’ of tiger reserves across the country. This was in keeping with the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, and goals of the…

Over to Chidambaram

Policy by keeping its key policy rate of interest unchanged, the RBI has sent out a clear message that monetary tools have a limited role in addressing India’s current crisis of ‘stagflation’: or…

Pune to Get an ‘Innovation’ University

NEW DELHI ~ The Centre is hoping to get going this year with the first of its proposed ‘innovation universities’ to address the quality of higher education in the country. The Tagore University…

The Rigidity of Definitions

Different dictionaries use different words to explain the meaning of sports. But their gist remains the same. Sports, by most definitions, involves competition between individuals or teams, a…

When You Can Smell Fear in Your Opponents

It could have been Calcutta, Bombay, Manipur, even Punjab. But it’s Haryana that is at the forefront of boxing’s resurgence. In my quest to understand why Haryana, I’ve come to realise that it…

The Culture of Queuing

Empires live on after their demise, not just in their hubristic monuments and kitschy memorabilia, but in the habits they drill into their citizens over time. The Soviet Union was famous for its…

Curators of Cool

It is a cozy morning at Salt Water Café, one of Mumbai’s hip breakfast spots. Outside, dark clouds threaten a downpour. Inside, Bandra’s swish set is way too comfortable to care. A few foreigners…

The Scent of a Man

What would you do with a T-shirt you’ve slept in for three nights? Throw it into the washpile, right? Elsewhere in the world, people are sealing them in plastic bags and freezing them—all in the…