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BHAGWAT’S GITA

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A Portrait of the New RSS

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A Conspiracy of Yadavs

On 14 October, the Allahabad High Court set aside the appointment of Anil Kumar Yadav as chairman, Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) terming it as ‘ultra vires’ of the Constitution and…

Punjab: On the Boil

On 1 June in an obscure village in Punjab’s Faridkot district, a copy of the holy book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib was stolen. The theft took place from the Gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, a…

RSS: The Bhagwat Way

A long corridor opens into a series of small rooms, one after the other. Inside the room is a bed with a thin mattress and two plastic chairs, their armrests touching. A matka sits in the corner on a…

The Persistence of Evil

In the hall of Names at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, memory is preserved in Pages of Testimony, which contain brief biographical sketches of less than half of the six million Jews…

Geeta: An Incomplete Fairy Tale

One of the first things that Geeta did after coming from Pakistan to India was not to recognise her parents. This could have been predicted. When she was found in the Samjhauta Express at Lahore…

Processed Meat and Cancer

On 26 October, an international panel of experts convened by the WHO held that eating processed meats like hot dogs, ham and bacon raises the risk of getting colon cancer, and that consuming other ‘…

Delhi Police

Do you store beef in your freezer back home? Or is it buff? Don’t be surprised if the Delhi Police drops by to say hello. You never know if your neighbour tells on you. And the cops may just say it’s…

Chhota Rajan: The Runner-Up Gangster

On the road to Tilaknagar Police Station in Chembur, Mumbai, there is unusual activity, with television vans and reporters arrayed on it. This is the first police station where a complaint was…

Closed Spaces and the Muslim Woman

For years, she had been offering prayers at Mumbai’s Haji Ali Dargah and nobody stopped her from entering the inner sanctum. In mid-2012, however, Noorjehan Safia Niaz found herself forbidden from…