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WHY THIS PLACE BREEDS RADICAL ISLAM: A PORTRAIT OF BHATKAL

Cover Story

In the bucolic remoteness of coastal Karnataka, affluence and heritage fail to hide the lure of radical Is

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Over the Horizon

Couple of years ago, while doing a story on the transformations taking place at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a student gave me a glimpse into the mind of the present day IITian.…

SECTION 66A: DELETE

It was in 2009 that Section 66A was added as an amendment to India’s IT Act by the then UPA Government, but it took three years before it came to the notice of Shreya Singhal, a student of Law at…

How Modi Paid the Bills

It was not photoshopped political camaraderie. The selfie frozen for posterity in his smart phone by Uttar Pradesh strongman and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger son was real—even…

A Place Called Bhatkal

Magnificent heritage buildings owned by rich Muslims of Bhatkal showcase the prosperity as much as the influence of Central Asian architecture here. Muslims of this sleepy North Canara coastal town,…

THE ORIGINAL MODERNISER OF THE EAST

Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew, who died recently aged 91, was the last of the Afro-Asian leaders who battled colonial rule. He was probably also the only one to lead his country to independence and live…

Sir Vidia and the Islamic Reich

There is a terrifying clarity—the ruthlessness of truth—about the vintage Naipaul. Whenever he made an appearance as a traveller in ‘the bush’ or other places vandalised by the ideas and…

The Limits of Prevention

When Angelina Jolie first announced to the world two years ago that she had had a double mastectomy because gene tests showed a high probability of her contracting breast cancer, it was as if the…

Too Much of Fury Where There is Opportunity

As usual, TV channels have been hyperventilating over the visit of Hurriyat leaders and their public engagement with Pakistani diplomats in New Delhi. A section even went to the extent of asking the…

VK Singh

Former Army Chief VK Singh is a straight-talking soldier who parachuted himself into the field of politics and is perhaps not used to its compromises or intricacies. Which is why he finds himself in…

A Man Without Subtlety

The job of the public prosecutor isn’t to seek a conviction, as is commonly thought. The public prosecutor is a representative of the State and its people in court. The Indian Law Commission (in its…