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The baiting of the middle class

Cover Story

The middle class, a 300 million strong constituency, is now clamouring for political attention--and getting it too

Stories in this issue

The Bravery of a Soldier’s Mother

It had been a quiet day at their home in Mumbai when Anuradha Gore had a difficult promise to make. Her son, Vinayak, a Captain in the 31st Medium Artillery Regiment, had learnt that he had been…

Those Hemraj Left Behind

Khum Kala heard of her husband Hemraj Banjade’s murder two days after he was killed. A domestic help who worked at an apartment in Noida’s Jalvayu Vihar, he had died on the night of 16 May 2008,…

Books Do Matter. Or Do They?

The Jaipur Literature Festival is an event for the sort of person who is worried that she is not reading enough or the right things, and is convinced it is important. I am that sort of person. I…

Click Here for an E-Commerce Debate

After reluctantly opening up India’s multi-brand retail sector to foreign players last year, the Government has floated a ‘discussion paper’ to seek others’ views on allowing FDI in Business-to-…

Dark Ages Act in West Bengal

Incidents of crime against women in West Bengal, ruled by a woman Chief Minister, do not appear to be abating at all. In a ghastly act of violence, a 20-year-old tribal girl was gang-raped by 13…

The Day of the Don’s Son

MUMBAI ~ Haji Mastan, one of Mumbai’s first underworld dons, married twice. He had three daughters from his first wife, and no children from his second. He also raised a boy, Sunder Shekhar, whom he…

Real vs Reel

It seems that Malayalam cinema has become a target of the Kerala Police. Following state transport commissioner Rishiraj Singh’s recent instruction that all two-wheeler riders in films should wear…

Mumbai’s New Peacock

Much like most of Mumbai’s infrastructure projects, there’s always been a shroud of secrecy around the modernisation of the city’s international airport. All one heard about were the various delays…

The Rebel

The time has come to bite the bullet for Andhra Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. Well, almost. As the state assembly reverberates with the Telangana statehood debate, political observers are keenly…