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Can He Do It?

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Indian politicians cannot ignore the economy any longer

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Nano News Is Bad News for Tata Motors

The shock figure in business circles these days is 70 per cent: this is the tumble that sales of Tata Motors’ passenger vehicles have taken this February—it sold just 10,636 units—over the same month…

Failing to Escape

Four years ago, I did a story on people who had gone through a life sentence and then been released. It was for an Independence Day special and I wanted to know what freedom meant to them. I…

Nana and the Naked Truth

Nana Patekar was in a reflective mood during an interview with journalist Nikhil Wagle at the actor’s farmhouse near Pune. Though clad in youthful clothes—a dark T-shirt and camouflage cargo shorts—…

Lalu and Rabri

Former Chief Minister of Bihar Rabri Devi stands alone in a balcony, a shawl wrapped around her. What she can see on the other side of the street, if she wishes to, is the official residence of the…

Life of Pi Animators Fail to Stay Afloat

HYDERABAD ~ The Hyderabad-based Rhythm and Hues (R&H), an American visual effects firm that created most of those special effects for Life of Pi, was not yet done celebrating the film’s Oscar…

Failing to Escape

Four years ago, I did a story on people who had gone through a life sentence and then been released. It was for an Independence Day special and I wanted to know what freedom meant to them. I…

Rapists at Risk

It is still not an established fact that Ram Singh, the main accused of the 16 December gang-rape and murder case, committed suicide. What we know for sure is that ‘hanging’ was the cause of his…

Rajnath Uncovers Vedic Roots of Quantum Mechanics

‘India First’ announced Narendra Modi, and those looking for excuses to support him fell in line, hailing this nationalistic definition of secularism. The only question worth asking in this context—…

The Man Who Makes People Disappear

Open has a cinema page in its Arts and Culture section, and Frank Ahearn was initially going to be a trivia piece accompanying the film reviews. An editor was then struck by these four lines: ‘Frank…

Flying Rattle Class

In the summer of 2003, I found myself trying to work an airport trolley. I was at Nepal’s Bhadrapur Airport, a sombre building with paan-stained walls and broken windows. I had decided to take a…