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What’s at Steak?: The Constitutional Cost of Beef Ban

Cover Story

The ban on sale of cattle for slaughter amounts to butchering the Constitution

Stories in this issue

Courage Under Fire

ONE FREEZING AFTERNOON in September 2015, I was fortunate enough to dine at the warm officers’ mess at Siachen base camp, one of the highest and most famous war zones in the world, where a lunch-…

Letter from a Cheerless London Summer

JUNE IS THE cruellest month for British Conservatives. Last year around this time, the summer of discontent was all about two words that define the identity and attitude of the English mind: ‘United…

No Relief From Debt Relief

A YEAR AGO, the total debt owed by the state of Maharashtra stood at Rs 3.33 lakh crore. By March of 2018, the debt will cross Rs 4 lakh crore. The state needs more than Rs 30,000 crore every year…

Travis Kalanick: The Ubermensch

DO MARKET FORCES reward being a jerk? Risking money, yes, as Uber’s tarmac-scorcher of a success story shows. The app arranged cab rides worth $20 billion at the swipe of a screen in 2016, more than…

Figuring Gorkhaland

THE NORTHERN HILL districts of West Bengal, especially Darjeeling, are in the grip of agitation once again. The local political class that dominates the hill council there is up in arms, demanding a…

A JNU Vaccine for Dengue

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY (JNU), Delhi, is often in the news for all the wrong and even ridiculous political reasons. Here comes the good news: a big innovation happening at JNU labs could be a…

A Dealmakers’ Draw

PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA Modi should have pondered the perils of visiting Washington this early in Donald J Trump’s presidency. It will do him and the country no good, especially if Trump chooses to…

An Idea Under Siege

A GAGGLE OF STUDENTS are driving at high speed to Berlin. ‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, / But to be young was very heaven,’ wrote Wordsworth about the French Revolution. The poet’s…

London Notebook

NOT BY DESIGN but by pure chance, I happened to be in London during two important events—the Brexit vote, and now the general election. The results of both were unexpected and caused much dismay…