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A Prayer for My Sister

Cover Story

A lone battle against predatory priesthood

Stories in this issue

Public Trials, Personal Tribulations

Over the last four-five years we have been witness to many instances of trusted people or brands falling short of ideal behaviour: be it Narayana Murthy, who we all admired as growing up; or Ratan…

The India of Mohan Bhagwat

THE INVITATION ITSELF marked a cultural shift only if you were one of those who saw the RSS as a subterranean apparatus that practises the dark arts of Hindutva, the evil power behind the equally…

Nun The Less

BEFORE DECIDING ON a life set apart for the Lord, young Anna (name changed) briefly pondered her father’s words of warning. They had walked home from the matinee show of Kallu Kondoru Pennu, a film…

A Prayer for My Sister

As soon as she died, Sister Alphonsa sighed in relief and rose from her bed. She floated over the sick room lightly as thistledown and glanced at her dead body. Other nuns, her companions, are…

The Law’s Big Flaw

IT DOES NOT have the urban cultural dominance of feminism, but there are enough little groups scattered all over to make the men’s rights movement not a joke anymore. When I did a story on them some…

Ian Buruma: Only Echoes Allowed

IN 2010, WHEN THE US-BASED Foreign Policy magazine included writer Ian Buruma in its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, they had written: ‘Many liberals these days seem at pains to establish their bona…

The Making of a Non-Issue

INDIAN POLITICIANS HAVE a knack for creating a controversy where none exists. One ongoing example is that of Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his demand that India take up the suggestion of a…

Nambi Narayanan: Justice for a Scientist

SPACE SCIENTIST Nambi Narayanan is waiting for the compensation that the Supreme Court recently ordered that he be paid for having been framed in a false espionage case. He needs the money to service…

Chicago Notebook

September 6th. I have a French passport and an electronic visa. But at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, one always experiences a twinge of apprehension as one goes through the relentless and ruthless…