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The nation wants the smart hacker

Cover Story

The clandestine recruitment of computer whiz kids as security warriors

Stories in this issue

Arundhati Roy’s ahistorical fiction

Arundhati Roy came into the limelight when she wrote a good novel about her village in Kerala, The God of Small Things, which won the Booker prize in 1997. However, being a good novelist does not…

Persistence of the Rahul question

If there is still optimism about Congress Vice- president Rahul Gandhi’s political future, it has to be because pundits have the habit of missing the wood for the trees. Predictably, the commentariat…

Being civil about development

Intelligence reports are fascinating. They carry the mystique of an imperial world, of the Cold War now passed; the nostalgia of Kipling’s Kim and John le Carré’s Smiley. Someone once said that an…

Romancing the rogue

Suddenly, the world is bad again. The badness is different from the familiar patterns of the past, which were identifiable in the clarity of the Incompatible Two. The Cold Warriors for more than four…

New rules for big banks

It is not just public sector banks that need to raise extra capital in the years ahead. On 22 July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released a report on how best to deal with ‘Domestic Systemically…

A new low even for the Shiv Sena

About a week ago, 11 Shiv Sena MPs reportedly force-fed a Muslim catering manager who was fasting for Ramzan. This incident, according to The Indian Express, occurred in Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi;…

Vibgyor High School, Bangalore

Even as the country battles the issue of rape and violence against women, a top private school in Bangalore provoked a public uproar when it was revealed recently that a six-year-old schoolgirl was…

The whistleblower

Ex-Justice Markandey Katju, the former Supreme Court judge- turned-chairman of the Press Council, is known to be a loose cannon. He voiced support for Sanjay Dutt when the actor was being imprisoned…

Please, we’re Palestinian sympathisers

MUMBAI: During Ramzan, the marketplace of Bhendi Bazaar transforms into a gastronomical destination, as the rest of the city converges on this crowded area after sundown to feast on various…

Social Chic

“I think somewhere at the back of your mind, you still harbour the notion that documentaries are boring and dull,” Nisha Pahuja gently counters a question during a phone interview with Open. I had…