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Sri Lanka: Prayer After Horror

Cover Story

Sri Lanka (21.04.2019)

Stories in this issue

The Bloodstained Cross

IN THE BEGINNING, IT WAS THE TORTURER’S WEAPON. SIMPLE AND ERGONOMIC, SUITED FOR A slow and painful death, as if it was designed by an earlier Leonardo da Vinci at short notice. The image still…

Indian Election: A Limited Thriller

BACK IN SEPTEMBER 2014, when Narendra Modi was in Washington for his first visit as prime minister, I remember standing outside near the White House and doing a live interview with an Indian…

Modi’s Point Person

In South Block, you will find a 45-year-old man who is a direct channel for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hiren Joshi is an Officer on Special Duty to Modi, having been by his side since 2008. Coming…

Fallacy of the Ideal Candidate

NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU on April 23rd became the latest to be temporarily banned from campaigning by the Election Commission (EC) of India. He had flouted section 3 and 4 of the Model Code of Conduct by…

Avengers: The Last Action Heroes

FOR $2 BILLION, you can buy all of Jet Airways, pay off its debts and have enough left over to bid for a controlling stake in Spice Jet. You would then own two airlines in India. $2 billion is also…

The National Spirit

‘How’s the josh (spirit)?’ ‘High, sir, high.’ MAINSTREAM HINDI FILMS are more concerned about striving for emotional accuracy than the aesthetics of realism. A Hindi film has to engage the audience…

The Soldier Sadhvi

IN DEPLOYING Sadhvi Pragya Thakur Singh as a candidate in Bhopal, particularly against Digvijaya Singh, a Congressman seen to be soft on Muslim terror, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is honouring…

Sculptural Fictions

THE MONUMENTS THAT we first encountered in black-and-white photographs, listed as plates with Roman numerals in books taken down from library shelves, retain an aura of splendid isolation. They…

General Election 2019: Quote Hanger

SHOULD THE BJP Government return to power, Sadhvi Pragya must be already staking a claim to be health minister. How else does one explain the surfeit of medical wisdom, ranging from cancer to blood…

Open Diary

IN NORMAL TIMES, my daily routine involves an hour of reading newspapers in the morning. I begin with six English-language dailies from Delhi and then move to a rapid browse of three newspapers…