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Guess who can see your tax data

Cover Story

The path has been cleared for a single private entity to access India’s entire tax data

Stories in this issue

Why People Run

Bhasker Desai exports garments but seems to have an imported accent. His pronunciation is a hotchpotch of Gujarati and Western styles. “It is a fake accent,” he says with a grin. “To impress the…

The Juhu Gold Rush

Juhu is a 24-hour beach. Despite attempts by the police to have it vacated at night, people never leave. Each weekend, by one estimate, as many as 8,000 to 10,000 people visit this strip of sand…

A Smuggling Town

Sampurna Nagar is at the farthest end of Uttar Pradesh’s largest district, Lakhimpur Kheri, which borders Nepal. The town is isolated in acres of nothingness, surrounded by wetlands and a river that…

The Ghosts of Exile

Whenever he can, award-winning filmmaker Rajesh S Jala visits a building in Delhi’s South Extension area. He has been doing this for 13 years now. Earlier, he would make these visits at least twice a…

Thumbs Up for Shareholder Activism

Small shareholders in Indian companies have had a bonus handed out by the Companies Bill 2012 that awaits a presidential nod to become an Act of Parliament. On paper, their stature has been enhanced…

Perfect 4,000-Year-Old Skin

A 4,000-year-old body of a man has been found by archaeologists in Ireland—with its skin intact. According to the science website LiveScience.com, the body was found in a bog whose cool waterlogged…

Languages Lost

The People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI), conducted by the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre based in Vadodara, Gujarat, over two years starting in 2011, recently revealed that India has…

Green Light for Shariah Finance

KOCHI ~ After years of legal tangles and political negotiations, a finance company based on the principles of Shariah law has finally got a go-ahead from the Reserve Bank of India. Cheraman Financial…

Shields Against Terror

The message was clear: a group of terrorists would strike Lihota anytime. The Muslim watchman had travelled miles to convey this to his friends in a tiny hamlet in the foothills of the Himalayas in…

Up Against Godmen

On the morning of 20 August, a couple of hours before rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar fell victim to bullets in Pune, a more popular figure, astrologer Jayant Salgaonkar, died of old age-related…