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Assam 2012: The Story of a Riot

Cover Story

The many truths about Assam 2012. An Investigation

Stories in this issue

Waiting

IT IS REFRESHING to watch a film about two comatose patients in a hospital that is made without drama and with virtually no background music. It is also interesting to see two caregivers for these…

Being a Gandhi in the Time of Modi

A WHIFF OF VICTIMHOOD adds to the aura of the singular leader. Convinced of history’s indebtedness to his destiny, such a leader lives in perpetual self-awareness, an extreme form of which is nothing…

Assam 2012: The Story of a Riot

I ON THE EVENING of nineteenth July, 2012, two men sat in conversation on a low concrete bench outside a tea garden in lower Assam. The village was beautifully Assamese, with the name Magurmari:…

Life Inside the Farce Hole

HOW WOULD YOU react if someone made a joke on rape? A majority of women would find it uncomfortable. In liberal circles, it would be uncool. Feminists of all stripes would want it to be a crime under…

Pinarayi Vijayan: The McMarxist From Malabar

ONE MORNING DURING the Emergency, Pinarayi Vijayan, half-conscious after a night-long, brutal thrashing by cops, looked in the face of a senior police officer who had ordered the torture, and said, “…

Let There Be Light

IF YOU ARE a city- dwelling Indian, you are very likely to have a low level of vitamin D. Also called the sunshine vitamin, the existence of vitamin D was first suspected by the Polish scientist…

Alain de Botton: The Post-Romantic

‘X AND Y SITTING in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes a baby in a baby carriage.’ The ditties in school, Mother Goose’s tales and the movies of adolescence,…

Life Is Nowhere

I asked you why you loved me and you said love’s arguments are always teleological. You love someone because you already love them. You love their particular qualities, because you love them in the…

Richa Chadha: ‘I’m a Hungry Actress’

IN A TRAILER WITH leopard print upholstery on the ceiling and a sluggish air-conditioner, I watch Richa Chadha talk to a colleague about an ageing villain’s dated acting style. “He is still dying in…

The Tiñosas Over Havana

IF I HAD TO offer a metaphor for Cuba at this moment (and really, everyone who’s visiting Cuba at this moment feels they must offer something), I’d go for the tiñosa—the humble turkey vulture that…