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Backlash or Backslap?

Cover Story

The minority vote and the assembly verdict

Stories in this issue

Shashi Tharoor

At a time when most parties are leveraging the popularity of JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar for their own political ends, another round of controversy erupted when Congress leader…

The Fall of the Cuban Wall

WHAT A REMARKABLE photo-op. Under umbrellas and a steady rain, with his wife and two daughters by his side, an informally- dressed US president skips over puddles in Old Havana. In the fading lights…

A Tech Revolution for the Dabbawala

ONE E-COMMERCE giant is now tapping into one of Mumbai’s most fabled and efficient distribution networks— the dabbawalas. For over a century, Mumbai’s dabbawalas, one of the city’s most endearing…

Water Riot Scare in Maharashtra

The district collector of Latur, an arid drought- hit district in Maharashtra, has imposed prohibitory orders till 31 May banning more than five people from assembling at a time at water tanker-…

IAS: The House Slaves of India

WHO IS THE best living Indian cricketer? Let’s rephrase that. Who is the person whose presence in your team guarantees a win? Virat Kohli is having a great run and after his knock in the match…

The Uses of Fear

FEAR IS THE WEAPON of the last revolutionary who has god on his lips and blood on his hands. He has been here with us for a while. On the next table in the café. On the beach among holidaymakers,…

Have You Passed the Nationalism Test?

SOMETIMES A SMALL event with an almost harmless beginning becomes a hyperbolic space for discussion. In fact the trigger has little or no connection with the fate of the discussion. An almost mundane…

Assembly Elections 2016: Backlash or Backslap?

MOHAMMED SALIM, POLITBURO member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), speaks in non sequiturs and mixed metaphors. He guffaws at his one-liners, a smug look on his face. He tells you that, in…

Disparately, Desperately

BY ALL APPEARANCES, the elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and the Union Territory of Puducherry are normal events. Since 1971, when Parliamentary and state Assembly elections went…

Mamata Banerjee: I’m the Change

MAMATA BANERJEE AND Narendra Modi are two sides of the same coin. Both are loners. Both dramatise themselves. The home for both holds areas of darkness no outsider dares penetrate. The greatest…