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The Death Lottery

Cover Story

The case against capital punishment

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Snapping a Crude Link

The International Energy Agency’s latest World Energy Outlook report has brought cheer to energy-starved parts of Asia. For, among other things, it highlights a rising probability of natural gas…

No Country for Women

Ireland has come in for global criticism after Savita Halappanavar’s death, but the condition of women in India is surely worse. At the launch of a recent 16-day campaign in Mumbai, called ‘Break the…

A History of Appeasement

Last week, news channels showed footage of a policeman in Palghar promising a crowd of Shiv Sainiks that cases would be registered against the girls who had made the Facebook post after Bal Thackeray…

It’s Raining Cannons

Digging at a Bangalore Metro Rail site last week, workers hit a heavy metal object that wouldn’t be easily pushed aside. Site supervisors instructed the men to use a pickaxe around the object. After…

Not Your Regular Commemoration

MUMBAI ~ While the main sites of 26/11—Taj Hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Nariman House and Trident— have become symbols of the city’s resilience, Leopold Café found itself in the middle of a…

The Mind and Method of Gopichand

At a glittering function at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai in 2009, Saina Nehwal was enjoying her newfound celebrity status. People were clamouring for her attention. There was laughter and…

J-34 Quality Cotton

BUXAR ~ Shashikant Kumar has spent years in Buxar Central Jail as a spinner jobber, an archaic sort of title that he is sure nobody would want after he retires in a couple of years. This is not just…

My Toothbrush in His Bathroom

Last week, thanks to the death of a certain politician, I ended up spending almost three whole days with The Dude in his apartment. And it made me see him and our relationship in a whole new light.…

Inside The New Yorker

The office feels like a bubble. There is an incredible hush here, the quiet starkly at odds with the bustle of Times Square, where The New Yorker office occupies two floors of the Condé Nast…

Honey Laundering

Stefanie Giesselbach, A young and pretty German executive in Chicago, US, had never been in any trouble with the law. She was smart and hardworking, and at age 28, had been promoted to national…