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Milking the Holy Cow

Cover Story

India’s most favoured animal spawns an indigenous industry

Stories in this issue

Cow Dung Capitalism: Milking the Holy Cow

“We have got it wrong all this time.” The voice on the other end of the line in Bengaluru is crisp and energetic. Inflected with a slight Kannada accent, it has the distinct quality of someone filled…

Thank God No Margarita for Modi

ON MODI-LESS MARGARITA Island in Venezuela, where the 17th NAM summit is underway, it was a piece of political realismo mágico one evening recently when Nicolás Maduro, accompanied by a few of his…

Driver’s End

LAST WEEK, Uber began to test having commuters call for driverless cars in Pittsburgh, US. A few weeks ago, Singapore tested a driverless car and expects to soon ferry people using automated pods. By…

MS Subbulakshmi: More Than a Saint

A BIRTH CENTENARY could be occasion to revisit a person’s legacy or it could be an excuse to cast them further in alabaster. In the case of Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (or simply MS, as her…

Classified Democracy

DURING A MEMORIAL service held on 9 September for victims of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, US presidential contestant Hillary Clinton left the venue early after feeling ‘overheated’. No…

Heroines Demand More

FOR SEVERAL DECADES now, leading heroines of the Hindi film industry have earned less than their male counterparts. Male superstars like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, for instance, are said to…

Kashmir: An Uneasy Jewel in the Indian Crown

ARE KASHMIRIS—MEANING, in this essay, the Kashmiri-speaking Muslims who live largely in the Kashmir Valley—paragons of secularism or zealots driven by religious identity? Are they Sufis, or are they…

The Sacred Cow: An Epic Stature

ANCIENT INDIAN TEXTS are replete with references to cows. There are too many to enumerate, but I will focus on the Mahabharata, its references being reflective of those in other texts as well. They…

River on Fire

ON THE DAY of the Cauvery imbroglio in Bengaluru, N Shashidev headed home early. An advocate at the city civil court in Gandhinagar, he would have taken Mysore Road for most of the 10-km distance to…