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Who Will Catch the Rainbow?

IN UTTAR PRADESH, where a caste calculus dominates electoral politics, most parties are busy attempting caste coalitions that could give them winning numbers. Other Backward Classes (OBCs) form the…

GN Devy: A Portrait of the Linguist as a Humanist

‘WHAT MAKES US human?’ is a question that has challenged and tormented scientists and laypeople alike down the ages. While the answer would be the stuff of numerous theses, we can agree that language…

Rim of Life

IN THE YEAR 1414, well before the Portuguese sailed half-starving into the Indian Ocean and apparently inaugurated modernity for us, an embassy docked in China with presents for the Ming emperor.…

Without a Shot

IN 1965, SOME years after the war in Vietnam began, US military planners posed an interesting question: was there a way in which military force could be used to send a signal to Communist North…

Mind Games

THOMAS MOGFORD IS back with a new Spike Sanguinetti mystery. Spike who, you might enquire. He is a Gibraltarian lawyer (yes, people do seem to live on the Hyde Park-sized rock) who, having battled…

Ashutosh Gowariker: A Historic Decline

“WHAT IS THE fastest film you have made?” A puzzled Ashutosh Gowariker thinks for a moment and then says, “Baazi. I made it in just 80 days.” Gowariker, seated in his Khar office in Mumbai, ponders a…

Never Too Old

THE NEWS THAT Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May is affected by Type 1 diabetes has become one of the biggest post-Brexit stories. Doctors are inundated with questions from their patients—isn’t…

Tough Luck

Industry insiders are saying Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is jinxed. Just when it seemed the filmmaker had pulled off a casting coup in landing Shahid Kapoor to play the third lead in his…

Bean There, Done That

WHEN L NITIN CHORDIA was appointed lead consultant for Godrej Nature’s Basket in 2007, his first task was to source chocolate. He spent a year meeting 80 different chocolatiers from around the world…

The Freedom Issue 2016: Editor's Note

FIRST THE COW jihad. Blessed are the nations where animal welfare is nothing short of civilisational ethos. Cursed are the nations where the animal instincts of man kill the ‘lesser man’ in the name…