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BEING BIHAR

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WHY THE STATE MATTERS SO MUCH FOR INDIA—AND MODI

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Indian dateline of World War II

Slow, great and a year too late, like an elephant loosed from its chains, the Indian Army turned from the enemy it fought on orders to the enemy it had to fight for survival. In 1942 the country had…

Clowning Glory

Twenty-five years ago, when Martin D’Souza wore a clown costume for the first time, all he wanted to do was take it off. His boss, a party manager, had put him into the costume and expected him to…

Deception diets: The Zen of Zoodle

Every evening, Sheena Roy returns home to a generous helping of pasta, her all-time favourite food. She gorges on clumps of macaroni and cheese, fettuccini carbonara, spicy shoestring spaghetti,…

Ariel Garten: The Brain Diviner

An average student would not come to school wearing clothes that she has designed herself, but Ariel Garten has never fit a stereotype. Her mother is a well-known artist in Canada and Ariel grew up…

Manohar Parrikar: Top Gun

On 9 June, India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar started his day with a piece of bad news—a Dornier aircraft of the Coast Guard with three people on board had gone missing off the coast of…

Why Bihar matters so much for India - And Modi

It was 16 May 2014. A pensive Nitish Kumar rang up a distraught Lalu Prasad, who lives a few houses away from his 7 Circular Road residence in Patna. They consoled each other, setting the tone for…

An anatomy of the caste culture at IIT-Madras

There has recently been a rapid escalation of political tension around IIT Madras’s decision to de-recognize the student organization, Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC). An anonymous letter sent…

Public toilets: Loo no further

Ever wondered what happened to all those film stars and businessmen who came onto the streets with a broom in hand and then nominated more people to continue the chain? Recollect that it started with…

One Rank One Pension

In February 2014, ahead of the looming polls, the Congress Government dedicated Rs 500 crore from the interim budget to a ‘One Rank One Person’ scheme. It was a move aimed at retired defence…

The big mess in Delhi

How is it possible that a party which wins 67 of the 70 seats in an assembly can make the kind of mess that Delhi is witnessing? There might be some merit to Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that the Central…