Editorial

EDITORIAL

Fair is foul, and foul is fair... The election season’s curtain call fell with its dramatic climax with the BJP’s mandate in the most populous and politically-sensitive state of Uttar Pradesh. The election results of Uttar Pradesh for 2017 show the continuation of a trend of voting a party to...

DW Trends

BJP WINS STATE ELECTIONS 4-1

“The prime minister feels that we should not deviate from our agenda of economic reforms and development ELECTIONS// Results of elections in five states were announced on March 11 and it was a 4-1 win for the Bharatiya Janata Party which now runs governments in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and U...

Cover story

UP’S SHIFTING SANDS

Is India ready to break its caste, class, religious boundaries in electing its representatives to the states and the Centre? It may well be on its way, especially after Uttar Pradesh’s defining verdict in favour of one party virtually wiping out the two regional parties which have been holding s...

Platform

THE CAMPUS DIVIDE FREEDOM’S JUST ANOTHER WORD

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives Our image of a college student was clearly someone who is free-spirited and openminded, someone who loves to have a go at orthodoxies; but that image needs to be urgently updated in our minds. Campuses increasingly...

Economy

UNBURDEN HOSPITALITY; DON’T TAX ITS SPIRIT

In a country which believes that a guest must be treated like a god, its hospitality business is so burdened by taxes that it robs the sector of its generosity. INCREDIBLE INDIA needs incredible reforms, especially in the hospitality sector. The hospitality sector is not just about hotels, it enc...

Tech Talk

SMARTPHONES: OUR HIGHWAY TO HAPPINESS

Smartphones to many of us today is just another word for limb and life. Without it, we feel like we are missing a part of us, our lives incomplete. They’ve become deeply personal, our emotional extension, to whom we’ve entrusted our digital lives It’s an everyday routine – the last minute...

Cinema

LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA, SAFFRON UNDER MY HOOD

Pahlaj ‘Scissorhands’ Nihalani is chopping away to merriment in keeping with the nation’s growing nationalistic mood. Not only that, he is banning films on flimsy grounds of crossing the sanskari Lakshman Rekha, taking the country back to mythological times Last June, the Central Board of F...

Debate

FEAR IS THE KEY

With President Trump's recent seven-nation travel ban and the US Passport and International Travel: Travel Warning List, there is a significant amount of fear associated with travelling to certain countries. Primarily, these fears are tied to countries in the Middle East, Central Africa, select pa...

Essay

IS IT THE END OF IMAGINATION

HOW MANY SEAS MUST A WHITE DOVE SAIL.. The bloodlust in our minds is also the heady lust of power and the end of imagination. Barbarism is an eternal document of civilisation Certainly, it is not the end of ideology in contemporary India. In contrast, it is yet again the beginning of an old ideo...

Reading Room

SAEED NAQVI’S BEING THE OTHER: THE MUSLIM IN INDIA

Saeed Naqvi has been a quintessential reporter and foreign correspondent for over four decades. He has travelled the length and breadth of India and visited over a hundred countries in pursuit of stories. He has covered most wars since the 1971 war with Pakistan, which resulted in the creation of ...

Travel

THE TRAVELLING INDIAN

Low-cost carriers offering attractive fares to foreign destinations are redefining the holidaying experience for the Indian traveller. Indians are never daunted and remain in search of travel and greener pastures. With a prosperous middle class, more and more Indians are today, outward bound for h...

Garnish

THE FINE IN DINING

As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the quality of a restaurant is in the experience of the diner. Which is why any attempt to rank restaurants is bound to produce different results from different people. But then why rank when the food and ambience that matches up to what you define as fi...