Previous Issues

The Highway Heist

Cover Story

Extortion Mafia on the Grand Trunk Road. An Open Investigation

Stories in this issue

Milan Kundera and the Art of the Navel

He is the other K from what was once Czechoslovakia, and for the last 40 years, a Parisian, still looking back with a Rabelaisian smile, as if displacement changes little: ‘the struggle of man…

Message from Bangladesh

What does it say about a team that came within striking distance of the One Day World Cup not very long back and has now just given Bangladesh, a team that has never been in any serious reckoning,…

The Sopore killings

As has been the norm for more than two decades now, people seldom venture outdoors in large parts of the Kashmir Valley after sundown. But in the past three weeks, the streets of Sopore present a…

The greek tragedy that’s no Eurocalypse

Every Greek tragedy, by literary definition (if there’s any such thing), must tell the tale of a hero laid low by a tragic flaw he or she has no clue of. In Sophocles’ classic drama Oedipus Rex, it’s…

The big fat ‘chikki’ scam

The controversy over a Rs 206 crore order cleared by Maharashtra’s Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde has exposed the pitfalls of ministerial discretion in government purchases. While it…

Abhishek Banerjee

It is no secret that almost 35 per cent of India’s Members of Parliament have criminal cases registered against them, but seldom do they flaunt their roguish image in public. So last week, when a…

Smriti Irani: Bad Education

It is the season for college admissions and soaring cut-offs have left millions of students feeling stranded in the narrow straits of higher education. Perhaps HRD Minister Smriti Irani can…

Look who’s growling at the beef ban

Dogs of the Mumbai Police bomb disposal squad are facing an unusual problem ever since the Maharashtra government instituted a beef ban. They eat chicken now and they don’t seem to like it much. “…

Jagendra Singh: The death of a journalist

Like many others over the past week, these visitors too have reached Khutar village in an SUV with its windows rolled up. The journalists lounging around the tent shake off their hibernation and…