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Can Rahul be reborn?

Cover Story

There will be no Congress, old or new, unless Rahul Gandhi learns—or is made to learn—to love the Congress.

Stories in this issue

Recommended reading for this summer

MJ Akbar Summer reading in India is not, unlike Europe or America, beach-holiday breezy, but a time for some indoors mind-bending. And so: Forged in Crisis: India and the United States since 1947 by…

Candidate Modi to statesman Modi

For someone who has fiercely fought the recent Lok Sabha election, employing rhetoric with aggression, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a smooth transition to a statesman with his maiden speech in…

J Jayalalithaa

Imagine the political storm if the Central Government began to sell subsidised products under the brand name Modi. But in Tamil Nadu politics, a blatant use of state money to promote the brand of the…

The king of clay stays golden

And then he said it. On the summit of his greatest ascent, Rafael Nadal, before taking the customary mock bite off his record 9th French Open cup this week, admitted that the end is near. Not just…

The curious case of the pizza-delivering drone

After Amazon announced plans to use drones to deliver goods, a little-known pizzeria in Mumbai hit the headlines for doing an emulation of the procedure early this May. The eatery, Francesco’s…

A road by any other name…

It is admirable how Priyanka Chopra has performed her duties as a daughter. As her father was consumed by terminal cancer, she was beside him until the very last. It has now been a year since he…

The sacred and the profane

In the corridors of Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, the headquarters of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), any officer posted to the Ganga Project Directorate— also known as the National…

The last General Secretary

An apocryphal story has it that at the height of the perestroika debate of the late 1980s, a lean and hungry-looking comrade from a party village in Kannur, one of the Communist Party of India (…

Is AAP withering away?

Kejriwal knows he isn’t being Kejriwal if he isn’t protesting. With Delhi reeling under long power cuts, he has seized the opportunity to tap the people’s ire by shooting off a letter to the Prime…

Chennai checkmated

Twelve days before the swearing in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s Home Office issued a routine notification. On the ho-hum surface of things, it was one that appears every two years,…