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Call of the Caliphate

Cover Story

The romance of regression in the time of the Islamic State

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Your Dog Gets You

Last year, a study published in the journal Current Biology proved that dogs can understand human facial expressions. The study, conducted on a number of different dog breeds, noted that the pets…

Congress: Party as a Dirty Joke

To the Kerala Chief Minister’s Office—which faces the bronze statue of 19th century civil servant and educationist T Madhava Rayar, who alone, it is said, watches over the restive offices that have…

Call of the Caliphate

History is synonymous with turbulence; but even by its troubled standards, the churn in a single century between 1857 and the 1960s was unprecedented. Every single empire—ancient, middling or modern—…

Bengaluru Mob

India might be not just intolerant but also barbaric, given the absolutely shocking racist behaviour of an angry mob in Bengaluru. On Sunday, a vehicle driven by a Sudanese national hit a 35-year-old…

Such a Coldplay

There is a certain section in India which insists on its cultural primacy. Members of this affluent and vocal slice of society do what other affluent folks do—they watch and listen to international…

The Transgender Taxi Service of Kerala

Kerala will soon have a taxi service run by transgenders. The launch of G-Taxi or Gender Taxi, set to go operational this March, was announced by the state’s Social Welfare Minister MK Muneer as a…

Modi at Home and Abroad

There must be days when Narendra Modi wishes he could dust down the now famous hologram machine that transported his image across India during his whirlwind election campaign. The demands on any head…

The Farcical Society

Imagine, if you will, a man going to the office of Delhi or Mumbai’s municipal corporation for a job interview. Since the man is an illiterate slum dweller, think of him as applying for a low-paying…