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Sour South: Is there a bias?

Cover Story

Most southern states are up in arms against the disadvantage they fear they might suffer if the Central pool of tax funds is shared the way they suspect New Delhi wants. Their complaint is that they are being penalised for their good performance. Is there an anti-south bias?

Stories in this issue

Eating Disorder

MOST PEOPLE IN metropolitan cities now watch movies in multiplexes and it is with secret hatred that they stand in the queue to buy food and drink during the interval. The margins are clearly beyond…

K Srikanth: Shuttle Service

KIDAMBI SRIKANTH IS in an unchartered territory. Apart from a few other Indian personalities unassociated with cricket—so few that you can perhaps count them on your fingertips—Srikanth, just 25…

Trump’s Trade War

TRADE WARS ARE not new. If anything, free trade is an exception to mercantilism practised in one form or another. Yet, there is something to be said about the looming end of the current system of…

Politics Bowls a Bouncer in Chennai

NO INDIAN CRICKET captain in recent times has been more umbilically tied with Chennai than Mahendra Singh Dhoni. During N Srinivasan’s Chennai-based reign as the dictator of BCCI, he co-opted Dhoni…

Statute of Liberty

WHY DOES THE LEGISLATURE pass a statute? In addition, why do governments use executive powers to pass orders and regulations, also part of the ‘law’ in a broader sense? All laws are meant to mould…

Sour South: Is there a bias?

‘GLORIFIED MUNICIPALITIES’ is an expression that Kerala’s Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac has lately been using to describe what he claims would be the likely fate of India’s better-performing…

Asifa: The Anatomy of a Hate Crime

MOHAMMED YOUSUF DOES not remember exactly when he decided to settle in Rasana village in Jammu region’s Kathua district. But he says it must have been about 10-12 winters ago. Yousuf is a Bakerwal, a…

Reclaiming the Coast

TO LAND IN coastal Karnataka in poll season is to enter a climate of frustration. In the sweltering heat made worse by brief spells of rain, political pugilists are preparing to win or to go down…

On an Operatic Quest

The Paris Opera’s exploration of India began with the visit of Madame Myriam Mazouzi, director of the Academy of the Paris Opera, and Christine Neumeister, director of costumes, who were in Delhi to…

Being Salman Khan

BEING A FAN of Salman Khan may lead to guilt by association, namely accusations of supporting the killing of endangered species, drunk driving and abusing women. How do we Salman fans reconcile these…