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Mortal Combat

Cover Story

Is the Yadav family of Uttar Pradesh headed for a war of attrition?

Stories in this issue

The Mid-Term Mood

THE ELECTORAL EXERCISE starting February 4th and ending March 8th, spread across 690 constituencies in five states, including India’s most populous, Uttar Pradesh, will be the biggest since the 2014…

Fixing the Jugaad Economy

Imagine yourself as a member of a low-income family working in one of the millions of informal enterprises that dot the Indian landscape, earning a few thousand rupees every month. What would you say…

Akhilesh vs Mulayam: Mortal Combat

In the Samajwadi Party, confusion reigns supreme. Speak to any SP leader in Lucknow, and he is just as clueless as the rest of the workers milling around—in protest or just to wait—the residence of…

Terror on Rails

A DECADE AFTER THE 2006 Mumbai train blasts, much of the memory of that horrific day has receded from public imagination. It has become 7/11, just one of several terror attacks on the city. That…

The New New Deal

THE GEOPOLITICS THAT candidate Trump shouted from the rooftops can serve President Trump very well: confront rising China rather than declining Russia. It is fortunate that China is still a clumsy…

The Axis Tilt of Civilisation

ANYONE WHO THINKS that 2016 was the year of radical political and social shifts only has to wait till January 20th, when Donald Trump gets sworn in, to come to terms with what 2017 has to offer.…

Dr Gagandeep Kang: The Healer

THE IMPACT OF rotavirus—the leading cause of diarrhoeal disease among children and infants globally—is particularly terrible in India. Every year, an estimated 78,000 children under five years die…

Counting the Losses

RECKONING WITH UNPLEASANT facts of life is a task usually left to later months of the year. But there are some such matters that cannot—and should not—escape notice. For a country like India,…

Foul Droppings From the Sky

FOR ABOUT A week last year in October, just as the Dahiya household in Delhi was beginning to prepare for Diwali, the family would wake up in the morning to find the terrace and the outer walls of…

Open Diary

IN THE SUMMER of 1972, four of us from La Martiniere decided that Delhi offered better prospects than Calcutta, then engulfed by mindless Left-wing extremist violence. Three of us entered St Stephen’…