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The New Jihadi: A Portrait

Cover Story

Jihadism and Terrorism in the Age of the Islamic State

Stories in this issue

Islam and the Cult of Death

THERE IS SOMETHING terribly modern about the jihadi terrorist violence that has unfolded in the past twenty years or so. Of course, neither terrorism nor jihad is a new phenomenon. Forms of “…

The New Jihadi: A Portrait

IT ALL BOILS DOWN to the adjective. When ‘terror’ is ‘Islamic’, the liberal refrain is that terror has no religion. Then comes a videotaped reminder from elsewhere in the sandy remoteness of the…

Lover Rebel

O Romeo, Romeo,who art thou Romeo? Will you deny thy fame and refuse thy name? WITH DUE APOLOGIES to William Shakespeare... but few names have come down lines of literature and been adopted as…

Rajya Sabha Fireworks

SPARKS FLEW IN the Rajya Sabha on March 29th, when a united opposition lambasted the Government during a debate on the Finance Bill for 2017-18. Charges and counter-charges flew thick and fast, as is…

Time for a Jailhouse Holiday

THE DARKENED GLOOM of a lockup setting in three jails of Maharashtra is giving birth to a somewhat delirious idea. If it comes to fruition, the authorities of these correctional facilities won’t just…

Pity the Anachronism

WONDERS ARE MANY, and among them is the amusing one called the successful political flunky, stooge, follower, suck-up-er. He apes the mannerism and morals—or lack thereof—of his lord and master, who…

The Big Battle Over Crude Oil

AWAY FROM INDIAN shores, an eyeball-to-eyeball standoff has got market watchers rivetted. It’s a face-off over oil, and how it plays out could count for a lot: from which way Indian rates of interest…

Battle for the Headscarf

ON MAY 2ND, 1999, Merve Safa Kavakçı, a 31-year-old newly elected lawmaker from Istanbul, was to take the oath of office for Turkey’s parliament, having won a seat two weeks earlier as a member of a…

My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves

“MY NAME IS Anthony Gonsalves,” sings Amitabh Bachchan (or, rather Kishore Kumar), after he jumps out of a huge Easter egg at the Catholic Gymkhana. Manmohan Desai’s wonderful Amar, Akbar, Anthony is…

Open Diary

IT IS DIFFICULT to say which occasioned the greater surprise: the results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly poll or the selection of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of India’s largest state. By the…