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Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?

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The Road to Jagargunda: The Indian state’s final push in the Maoist heartland. A special report from Dantewada

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Indraprastha

THE INDIA International Centre (IIC), regarded as the capital’s premier intellectual and cultural hub, is in the throes of an election. Every two years, full members elect one representative to its…

Babri Masjid Demolition: On Trial Forever

THE DEMOLITION OF the Babri Masjid on December 6th, 1992, is considered a turning point in Indian history. It was more than just the physical razing of a structure, but a signal of the crumbling of…

Kangana Ranaut and the Burden of Failure

ONCE IT BECAME clear that Rangoon was a flop, actor Shekhar Suman tweeted about an ‘actress carrying the burden of her non existent stardom’ falling flat on her face. He termed it poetic justice. His…

Viceroy’s House: Ghost House of History

SEVENTY YEARS ON and the wounds of 1947 still sting for so many, including director Gurinder Chadha. Her personal history, as a descendant of a family caught up in the horrendous events of that year…

Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?

On THE NIGHT OF February 4th, two armed Maoist guerrillas abducted Suriyam Buccha from Merwahi village in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The village is situated in a dense forest, about 18 km from…

The Unreasonable Jats

JASSIA, A SLEEPY village in Haryana that has become a hotbed of the Jat agitation for reservation, lies some 10 km off the Rohtas Bypass, a local landmark on National Highway 10. As we reach…

Sex and the Catholic Church: Sins of the Father

‘But who so shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea’ —Matthew…

When Cows Come Home to Die

THE DROUGHT-BLIGHTED world of 50-year-old Masiamma has a brutal kind of beauty. Chokkanalli, a tiny Irula settlement bordering Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu, not far from the Ooty- Masinagudi…

Cricket: Game Not Over

FIRST, PICTURE A dog. An old, scraggly mutt. He doesn’t shake hands, perform tricks or fetch newspapers— that kind of dog. Tugging at the choke chain, no sense of self-preservation dog. The kind of…