Previous Issues

World Cup: The Game and the Glory

Cover Story

Football in Brazil is more than the opium of the masses. It is more about individual expression, playing out fantasies and climbing the social ladder

Stories in this issue

The Prime Minister is watching you

Late on Monday evening, 2 June, first-timer Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, tweeted, ‘It was inspirational’. She had just emerged from a marathon three-hour meeting…

A manual for Mr Modi

Mythologies in politics are made of men who trust their instincts more than they value the instructions of others. They are national thrillers, and fun to watch as they make the cozy assumptions of…

It’s not just about air bags

Many things have to come together for a Union Minister like Gopinath Munde to die in an accident. Someone has to break a signal. It must be early morning when many drivers think the signal need not…

A meeting long awaited

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stepped forward to restore momentum to India’s relationship with the United States by accepting President Barack Obama’s invitation for bilateral talks in September.…

Akhilesh Yadav

Uttar Pradesh has seen a spate of horrific sexual assaults and murders over the last week, beginning with the rape and public hanging of two cousin sisters in Badaun. Recently there was even a rape…

A Leader of the People

On the fateful day earlier this week when Gopinath Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development, died in an accident, he was running late. This was a constant theme in his life— he was always running…

The Maradona of Malappuram

PK Maradona was born in 1987 in God’s own country, a year after Diego Maradona lifted the World Cup with the ‘Hand of God’. His father K Chathukkutty, a vegetable vendor in Malappuram district, could…

A Hanging

On 27 May, 35-year-old Babu Ram was returning from a routine check of his field at night in Katra Sadatganj village in Badaun district, Uttar Pradesh, when he heard muffled screams and commotion in a…

What’s in a profile picture?

‘If [yo]u liked my profile picture raise your hand, if not raise your standard....!!!’ –Kunal Abilash Sashi, 32, had a normal life—a paying job in a private firm, living in the coastal town of…

A requiem for our first car

We are told the New Age has come with the arrival of Narendra Modi. The old age, the Nehruvian Age, has passed. I am not so sure about that. Ages in India don’t seem to me to die so suddenly. They…