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LAND WITHOUT JUSTICE

Cover Story

The politics of backward elitism in Bihar’s caste cauldron faces a mortal threat

Stories in this issue

Mumbai after Yakub’s Hanging

It is a good day to be a florist. Around 4 pm, Zuber Shaikh, the youngest of his family, takes over the responsibilities of his shop from his mother. Dressed in a salmon shirt, the college-goer sits…

Cool Executive Officers of IT

From within the office, one hears a monotonous, almost drill-like noise of several keyboards clacking away at a vigorous pace, interspersed with moments of raucous laughter. I peep in to notice…

Genetic Profiling: Is it all in the DNA?

When British geneticist Sir Alec Jeffreys first developed the DNA profiling test 31 years ago in his laboratory at Leicester University, he didn’t help the police prove a man guilty. His test—back…

Bihar: Land without Justice

On 23 July, a motley group of around 200 Mallahs gathered at the house of Ashok Sahni in Vijay Chhapra, on the outskirts of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The occasion: taking stock of preparations for the…

Say It again with a Rosogolla in the Mouth

Posterity misquoted Gopal Krishna Gokhale. He didn’t say “What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow.” What he really said was, “What Bengal eats today, India eats tomorrow.” Tragically, on the…

Dr Rajan as Fixer-in-Chief of Fault Lines

So, it’s all settled then, it seems, the question of RBI’s autonomy. On 4 August, Governor Raghuram Rajan declared that India’s central bank and Government have reached a “broad consensus” on how…

The Pornography of Morality

You have sinned. You have crossed the limits of choices set for you by the state. In the legion of the depraved and the deviant, you may be beyond redemption, but the state, all knowing and wiser, is…

How They Say Cheers

Tamilians are not really known for love of the middle path. It is a state where people commit suicide when their leaders go to jail and riots break out over arguments about who is a better actor.…

Hangings in Pakistan

If the issue of capital punishment in India came into the limelight after the hanging of Yakub Memon, Pakistan saw an echo of the same when it too executed a convict. There, too, human rights…

Time for India to Punch Proportionately

Let’s face it: terrorism is here to stay. What India must do to combat the menace is to rapidly expand its intelligence network and show no generosity in dealing with outfits bent on wreaking havoc.…