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Resurgent Radical Islam Puts the Indian State Under Strain

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Muslim Youths From Kerala: God’s Own Recruits

A missing person’s complaint is usually made at a police station. But this one went directly to the Chief Minister of Kerala. And not one, but 21 people were reported missing, all Muslims: 17 from…

Zakir Naik: The Preacher’s Progress

Ten policemen stand guard with lathis in their hands outside the office of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in Dongri, Central Mumbai. The shutters of the establishment are shut. Located some…

Hate Wave in the Valley: Return to the Stone Age

The day before Burhan Muzaffar Wani, a 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed, Kashmir marked a joyful Eid. Extended celebrations were still on when news of the encounter began to spread…

As Modi Embraces the World

THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC of Narendra Modi’s tenure as Prime Minister are the foreign trips he has racked up—16 in his first year, followed by another 10 in his second year in office. It seems he…

In Defence of the Fat Tax

IN AN IDEAL world, death would not be certain and taxes would be either direct or indirect. Definitely, there would be no service tax, an arbitrary extortion tactic that the Indian Government hit…

Britain’s First Woman PM: May Be

IN THE WAKE of Brexit, as political reputations got shredded and other 10 Downing Street hopefuls of the ruling Conservative Party—from former London Mayor Boris Johnson to Andrea Leadsom—fell apart…

Whose Court is the Ball In?

IT HAS BEEN a while since the Supreme Court began adjudicating in what are commonly understood as political matters. Politics in Indian states, even at the best of times, is volatile and its froth…

Public Appreciation, By Design

AS A CHILD, Delhi-based street artist Hanif Kureishi used to spend his vacations working with local street artists in Delhi. All he ever wanted to do was become a painter, to transform ordinary…

The Dons of Poorvanchal: Lords of the Ring

THE SUPPORTERS OF jailed mafioso and MLA Mukhtar Ansari have a special caller tune on their mobile phones. ‘Mukhtar zindabad’, it goes, celebrating his victory over his enemies. The man, who has more…