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The Liberation Struggle of Bihar

Cover Story

The BJP stands to gain from a revolt brewing among Dalits, lower Backwards and a section of upper OBCs against the political clout of Yadavs and Kurmis

Stories in this issue

Going Radical in Kerala

When the UAE deported four young men back to India for suspected ties with the Islamic State (IS), the immediate response from Muslim organisations in the southern state of Kerala was that it was a…

The Liberation Struggle of Bihar

If bridges could speak, this one over an offshoot of the Phalgu river in Nalanda district of Bihar would protest in resentment at the burden it has had to bear over the years. With bamboo and wooden…

A Legacy of the Gods

When a villager in a popular folk tale is asked about the size of the bird that was supposedly stolen from his friend, he holds a hand some three feet above the ground. “How can a duck or hen be so…

A Letter From Ramallah

Where should we go after the last frontiers? Where should the birds fly after the last sky? —Mahmoud Darwish The evening sky I am sure will miss the poet, whose memorial is a stone’s throw away—no…

An Economist Against GDP Worship

Trickle down economics, many suspect, is lazy economics. And not without reason. The benefits of a fast expanding economy can’t automatically be assumed to reach the poor, and so the demands of our…

Sabotage by Regulation

A few months ago I took taxis through Uber a couple of times in San Francisco, and, technologically, it was a flawless experience. It required me to have zero human contact as the taxi reached where…

Ten years of the RTI

The Right to Information Act recently completed 10 years of existence. Established on the initiative of various civil society activists, the passage of this Act marked a momentous occasion. In a…

Nothing Obscene About It

It is no secret that ever since a ban was imposed on dance bars in Mumbai, much nightlife had gone underground in the city. Ironically, the state government, which had justified its action saying…

Shiv Sena

Little that the Shiv Sena does should come as a surprise. For years now, the party has built a base in Mumbai around its politics of thuggery. As an opposition party, it reacted to anything it…

Bye Bye, Bunnies

Back in 2011, a well-known tabloid in Mumbai, Mid-Day, the first of its format in English in the city, decided to discontinue what had been one of its wildest successes. This section, titled the Mid-…