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Hate Wave: Look Who Wants a Riot

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Incendiary clerics and the politics of resentment

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Hate Wave: Look Who Wants a Riot

Sitting inside a teashop not far from Darul Uloom Deoband, Rasheed, a mechanic, can’t hide his anger as he sips tea with vigorous slurps as if to beat the biting cold. “Allah ko badnaam kiya,” he…

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed: A Life In Full

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the ‘Lion of Kashmir’, died in September 1982. He was three months short of seventy-seven. He had been ailing, especially since a heart attack in 1977. Sheikh Abdullah’s…

Lalu Prasad

When Nitish Kumar made an alliance with Lalu Prasad, the biggest fear was that, once in power, the latter would decide that he wanted to rule Bihar from a backseat. And when his party Rashtriya…

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell to Earth

When David Bowie’s final album Blackstar released last week, as well-received as it was, many were left wondering what it was all about. The cover featured not a picture of its famed artist, but a…

Adolf Hitler: Where the Führer Is a Pavement Hero

Earlier this year, Adolf Hitler’s infamous Mein Kampf (translated as ‘My Struggle’) was re-published in Germany, amid fierce public debate, for the first time since 1945. The 70-year-long German…

Amit Jogi: The Man Who Knows Too Much

Amit Jogi sits quietly on the lawns of 117 North Avenue, enjoying the Delhi winter sun on a Tuesday afternoon. He is alone except for some staff who are setting up lunch. His mother Renu Jogi, also…

The Great Unveiling That Isn’t

‘Saudi Aaramkaro’ is how desi expats in the Gulf refer to it. Saudi Aramco, that is. With over 260 billion barrels of oil—the actual figure is a state secret—to itself under the sand, all in vast…

Sanjay Dutt & Salman Khan: Silver Linings

Sanjay Dutt is going to be out of jail ten months ahead of time, a generosity that the state provides to rich movie stars who buy AK-56s and hand grenades from the underworld. Salman Khan’s case…

Jallikattu

When years of tradition are challenged in a country as fiercely diverse as India, the results are usually volatile. Jallikattu—the sport of bull-fighting observed in Tamil Nadu for the four days of…