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ARE WE FREE TO BE FREE?

Cover Story

Let neither fear nor community piety usurp our freedom

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Being Free to Be Free

INTRODUCTION The experience of freedom in India has always hovered uneasily between hope and fear. The Independence of India was a watershed event in Indian history. Its constitutional articulation…

EDITOR’S NOTE

Freedom is a permanent dispute. It is an ideal never achieved. It is a trans- gression against which there are always vigilantes on guard. It is a struggle that every citizen with a conscience needs…

Liberators 2015

Until a few decades ago, innovation in India meant striking a new business opportunity. Entrepreneurs and innovators who rose from nothing to the top of their game were then feted as icons. Not for…

A Loss of Character

In 1945, perhaps to coincide with the Simla Conference convened by the Viceroy Lord Wavell to discuss the post-War settlement of what was called the ‘Indian problem’, the Liberal Party leader Sir Tej…

DD Nampoothiri: The Kind Professor

Tall, spectacled, and slightly grandfatherly, Professor DD Nampoothiri, executive director of Crest—Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation—meets you like an old friend. A…

Pulkit Gaur: The Geek as Humanist

Next to thumb-sucking and nail-biting, one of the most common habits among children is to break open toys out of curiosity to see what is inside. Pulkit Gaur, founder of Ahmedabad-headquartered…

Sridhar Gundaiah: Call of the Countryside

In the run-up to Independence Day, as armchair bargain-hunters raided the cut-price shelves of India’s major online marketplaces, 32-year-old Sridhar Gundaiah sat in his warehouse-cum-office on the…

Where the Mind Is with Fear

Modern India is old enough now to be blasé about its birthday. Frankly, if I were editing a magazine, I’d dispense with the idea of Independence Day ‘special issues’ altogether. Fifty years is fine;…

Too Cocky for His Own Good

Bangistan star Pulkit Samrat got some pretty scathing reviews for his performance in the film, but that’s not even the worst thing people are saying about him. Turns out the diminutive actor has a…