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Modi 2.0: The Time for Vishwas

Cover Story

The call of the unifier

Stories in this issue

Social Power in the Ramayana

Women have to be more careful about sex than men because of the risk of pregnancy. The horror of delayed periods in an unmarried woman is equal to the arrival of it for a female yearning to be a…

Manmatha Nath Dutt – IV

In Bengali, Jnanendra Kumar wrote a multi-volume collation titled “vamsha-parichay”.  This translates in English as description of lineages and is essentially a description of the lineages of…

Modi Scene Two: Enter the Alchemist

THE ASCENT OF the Right in global politics is not matched by a leadership worthy of popular sentiment. Two examples will suffice. In Conservative Britain, Brexit was once politics’ neologism for…

Modi 2.0: The Time for Vishwas

HISTORY TELLS US THAT RELIGION can be a liberating force in society. Being secular does not mean judging those who are religious. Being secular means acknowledging the religiosity of fellow humans…

Saffron Star Over Bengal

IF AN IDEA FROM BENGAL, even an obnoxious one, sweeps the land, can Bengal be said to have won or lost? Does the triumph of the seed Syama Prasad Mookerjee sowed when he founded the Bharatiya Jana…

Planning Omissions

THE FIVE-YEAR PLANS had Plan documents, starting with the First Five Year Plan for 1951-56. One should explain what one means by ‘Plan document’. Before this document could be prepared, the fledgling…

Salman Khan: Superstar Spontaneous

HE’S THE BOY who still stands to attention when his father, Bollywood’s iconic scriptwriter Salim Khan, calls. He’s the bhaijaan who has made it his business to help those in trouble. He’s the…

Stars and Strides

MIDWAY THROUGH HER campaign, newly- elected MP from Trinamool Congress (TMC), Mimi Chakraborty, had to start wearing gloves because of fans who reached out to her, often scratching and scraping her…

The Fall of Yadavastan

ALONG A PAVED HIGHWAY in western Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun, the newly-opened Singh’s Haveli restaurant stood out like an oasis in a desert. It was late afternoon, but food— a typical Punjabi fare cooked…

Serious Tokenism

IN THE ANNALS of India’s long tryst with token resignations, one of the most amusing episodes has to be the one involving P Chidambaram, former finance minister, who in 1992 was a young commerce…