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XI CHANGE?

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A high profile visit and a problematic relationship

Stories in this issue

ROMANCING THE DRAGON

The construction of facades to hide ramshackle slums and shabby colonies on the way to the Sabarmati Ashram from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel Airport was in full swing a few days ago. Cheerful sanitary…

Let us read the Tea Leaves

Someone in Narendra Modi’s Government has taken seriously Mani Shankar Aiyar’s mischievous comment that China has brought such spectacular change to Tibet that impoverished Indians in the…

A Tale of Two Leaders

Xi Jinping will have gone home by the time you read this. The images of another Asian romance featuring two powerful men, the music of another diplomatic duet, all the pledges and commitments, remain…

Death by Absence of Generosity

The telephone number 108, that connects to an ambulance service, is the closest that India has to a universal emergency response system. It is a non-profit initiative by state governments along with…

Android One

Sensational phone launches by multinationals like Apple take months to snail their way into India. But that just changed this Monday. Android One, a new platform by Google for cheap high-quality…

What Indians Should Learn from Pakistanis

Pakistan is a country on the brink, having housed Osama bin Laden before and after 9/11, and until that moment when a Navy Seal sprayed three bullets into his body. It is home to bloodthirsty…

YASIN MALIK

Jammu & Kashmir is witnessing the biggest crisis it has seen in modern times. Most of Srinagar has been flooded for days. People who have lived there throughout their lives are finding it hard to…

The Accidental Feminist

There is a traditional pact between the gossip pages and the film celebrity—the former will write anything and everything without attribution or substantiation, often salacious, and the latter will…

Mumbai’s Bridge Too Far

The Bandra- Worli Sea Link, a landmark in Mumbai, is fast becoming a hot spot for people deciding to kill themselves. Since 2009, there have been nine suicides, the last early this month. Peculiarly…

IT’S NOT ABOUT MODI

As the results of the bypolls to 32 assembly seats across nine states held last week emerged, revealing an embarrassing setback for the BJP, which lost 13 of the 23 seats it had held in Uttar Pradesh…