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The New Establishment 2014

Cover Story

The rise of a power elite in the age of Modi

Stories in this issue

What kind of Strongman does India need?

The strongman concentrates the political mind today, not to speak of his domination of the headline. It’s as if the limits of democracy have become so detrimental to the ascent of man that a few of…

The Thackeray Dilemma

Don't play cricket with Pakistan, press the nuclear button, don’t take charge of an unimportant ministry— all these statements now stand forgotten. No one seems to take Shiv Sena chief Uddhav…

K Chandrasekhara Rao

For calling a bandh in a state he is about to take charge of On 2 June, Telangana will become India’s twenty-ninth state, and K Chandrasekhara Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) will become…

A Great Tree Falls

Maya Angelou, the award-winning author, poet and civil-rights icon, passed away on 28 May at the age of 86. She leaves behind a lasting legacy, one that has made a deep imprint on varied individuals…

Maybe some paraffin for a nation stuck

Dear Mr Modi, Eight or nine years ago, while on a tour of the Cango Caves in South Africa, a woman in our party began shimmying through a tight tunnel between one chamber and another, but got stuck.…

The death of an authority symbol

On 24 May, Hindustan Motors (HM) indefinitely suspended work at its Uttarpara plant in West Bengal, throwing into doubt the future of the venerable Ambassador. In a terse filing with the Bombay Stock…

Paper Truths

This is probably not a very apt analogy but to illustrate the point that subject expertise is completely irrelevant to results when it comes to a minister’s performance, consider the role of Lavrenti…

The Slum App Kids of Dharavi

When the App Inventor was launched by Google in 2010, it was meant to give people direct control of their own cellphones. This app, by way of online tutorials, helps programming rookies create apps…

In Search of the Perfect Condom

In the history of sex, men have fashioned condoms out of oiled silk paper, leather, used horns and tortoise- shells. They have found use for animal bladders and intestines. They’ve designed condoms…

An Elemental Tragedy

Today, 1.1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. By the year 2050, more than 3 billion people will face water shortages. Water, the most powerful element on the…