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Mamata Banerjee: What, Me Worry?

Cover Story

Mamata Banerjee is unfazed by the combined assault of Marxists and Congress. Inside the battle for Bengal

Stories in this issue

Do Your Bit, Say No Thank You

WHY ARE WOMEN exempt in the Odd-Even plan of the Delhi government? Because Arvind Kejriwal believes the city’s public transport is not safe for them. At a press conference, as reported in Mint, Delhi…

Nationalism: What Does 2016 Owe to 1916?

ONE HUNDRED YEARS ago this month, a motley band of revolutionaries launched a short-lived urban insurrection against the world’s mightiest imperial power. The setting was Dublin, the capital of…

Kollam Temple: Praying with Fire

ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR of banning fireworks following the recent tragedy in a Kollam temple raise some important questions about tradition, modernity and the rule of law. To begin with, they aren’t…

The Permanent Pursuit of the Imperfect

Every once in a while, there will be an attempt to measure “happiness”. For example, there is a World Happiness Report and you will no doubt be unhappy to learn that in 2015, India was ranked 117 out…

Mamata Banerjee: What, Me Worry?

AT 1:15 pm on 8 April, Mamata Banerjee arrived in her Hyundai Santro at the Directorate of Land Records & Surveys in South Kolkata’s Alipore area. She would have been pleased, it appeared, if the…

Shayara Bano: The Lady Who Dared

SHE IS THE WOMAN at the centre of a storm. But it is impossible to tell. She sits with her hand grasping the mattress as if steeling herself to remain seated when she’d much rather flee. Her story is…

IPL 2016: The Day of the Unknown

QUITE LATE INTO the proceedings, auctioneer Richard Madley raises his left hand to reveal an unknown name. With his glasses drawn to the edge of his nose, his voice booms through the speakers. “It is…

Tata Steel: The Empire for Sale

AT THE END of March, in the middle of Britain’s Easter holiday break, the board of Tata Steel, meeting in Mumbai, caught this country’s political and industrial leaders napping. The sudden…

Stalled After Take-off

Dum Lage Ke Haisha co-stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar have suddenly found themselves with too much free time on their hands. The actors were filming their new project Manmarziyan in…