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The New Second Sex

Cover Story

The agony of the Indian male model

Stories in this issue

In the Name of Cinema

The fight for good cinema continues. Amidst the lashing waves and swaying palm trees of Goa this year, I saw a big haired, kurta-clad man trying hard to keep his head above the waters. Here was a…

The New Second Sex

Ethically confusing, exploitative and often toxic—these damning words are the untold story of many male models in India. Some would shrug off these dark insinuations and call it a career dipped in…

An Incurable Condition

ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS ago, when I was in Kerala, I came across a case in which a senior citizen from a poor family fell seriously ill and was rushed to a hospital where they put him in the ICU. Within…

The Whole Hague

THE TEMPERATURE HAS been taken. And the UK—if it wasn’t clear so far—has been found ill. For the first time in the history of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the country will not have a…

Tightening the Screw

ON NOVEMBER 22ND, the Government issued an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), a 2016 law that aims to speed up the process of resolving bad loans, something that has jammed…

It’s Coronation Time

IN 1953, JAYAPRAKASH NARAYAN prophesied that the disintegration of the Congress would become a matter of fact within a few years. The Grand Old Party, however, lurched on for years afterwards,…

Do Men in Power Behave Badly?

FATHER SCHEPERS QUOTED to us Blaise Pascal’s comment about the whole face of the world being different if Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter. The canny old Belgian Jesuit taught history at St Xavier’s…

Open Diary

THE AMOUNT OF time some Indians spend rubbishing puerile articles just because they appear in some mainstream foreign publications is astonishing. The venom-filled outbursts may be warranted, but…

The Joy of Post-Truth Advertising

THE TERM ‘TRUTH in advertising’ often reminds me of Fermi’s Paradox about extra-terrestrial life: it probably exists, but where is it? Cannes regulars might cite Tim Hamilton’s 2001 short film by…