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Prohibition Politics

Cover Story

Who gains from a liquor ban?

Stories in this issue

The Irony of This War

From the same spot in the Oval Office where George W Bush spoke the night of 11 September 2001, Richard Nixon resigned and John F Kennedy talked civil rights and the Cuban Missile Crisis, US…

BR Ambedkar: Uses of an Icon

In the 65 years that he lived, BR Ambedkar had one constant feeling: being hounded. From the lowliest government functionaries—who would throw files at him because they could not afford his polluting…

Prohibition Politics

A Patna-based senior bureaucrat who sees the proposed prohibition move by Bihar’s Nitish Kumar-led government as a “fanatical misstep” claims that when Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)—…

Islam and Liberals

Tolerance is the word—abused, sloganised, and weaponised. It has divided India between hell manufacturers and persecuted liberals— at least on the front pages. Even a lazy perusal of the discourse,…

The Limits of Man

It was 10 years ago that I had spent the day in a South Mumbai office completely unaware that the biggest rainfall that the city had seen in a generation was underway. By evening, when it was time to…

Mumbai Movie Hall Mob

It is one thing to feel offended when someone is sitting while the national anthem is played. It is quite another to abuse people who don’t stand up. This is what happened in a movie theatre in…

Climate Change: Saviours of the Planet

Not since 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in Paris, have so many world leaders descended together in France. According to some, this is the world’s largest gathering…

Social Boycott Deserves No Tolerance

In May 2012 Rahul Yelange won acclaim after touching Mount Everest as a part of Pune’s first civilian expedition to the world’s highest peak. The next year, residents of Bhogaon Budruk, the village…

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind: Madani & Madani

Considering their temperaments, it is not unsurprising that Maulana Arshad Madani and his nephew Maulana Mahmood Madani parted ways in 2008, splitting the Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, one of the most…

Is Mall the New Mandir?

If Black Friday doesn’t appear to have set urban India on fire, that need not mean Indians are less greedy for bargains than the Chinese whose Single Day Sale is the biggest in the world, according…