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Ayodhya Shining

Cover Story

A mysterious force is manufacturing low-intensity communal tension around Ayodhya

Stories in this issue

Everyone in the Loop is an Insider Now

A SEBI-appointed committee has proposed new rules on insider trading that broaden the scope of those who’d be deemed ‘insiders’. The stockmarket regulator seems keen to address what Prime Minister…

Alphabet Soup for the Soul

In the crowded lanes of Zaveri Bazaar, Mumbai’s bling-street, it is easy to be directed to Bhagat Tarachand. The 50-plus year-old restaurant is a landmark in the area. But once one enters the narrow…

Death in Tollywood

A controversy can engulf a politician when he least expects it. Especially if it originates in the place where his stature was built. So it is with Chiranjeevi, erstwhile matinee idol, major Congress…

All Shapes and Sizes

Growing up, one witnesses a number of interesting characters. Sakina was one of those. She used to live very close to where I did; the only difference was she lived on the streets while I didn’t. It…

Cyanide Mohan

When Anitha Bangera’s parents filed a ‘missing person’ complaint with the police in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, the cops on duty dismissed it as a case of ‘love jihad’. But nobody had a…

Thieves on Two Wheels

We meet Mahesh Munda at 2 am. Five bikes are lined up under a tree, stars overhead. At a power station in the distance, white lights flicker. Barking dogs occasionally break the peace. In another few…

Getting Hammered

A group of people are considering a Salvador Dali painting in the luxurious Crystal Room of The Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. Expectedly for a Dali, there are peculiar elements in this untitled work—a…

Do It Like Gay Couples Do

Have you ever been part of a conversation during which you’ve wondered if the others were dropped on their heads as babies? I have. Every time an allegedly educated person suggests that…

The Woman Who Took on an Institution

I joined The Statesman, Kolkata, as a Senior Reporter on 10 June 2002. My career began in Mumbai where I worked for some leading media houses for about five years. That was followed by a move to…

Open India versus Closed India

No country has a history as rich as India’s, one often hears. It’s rich in irony for sure—with so many people out to clobber one another over it. Little else, it often seems, can be said without…