Editorial

EDITORIAL

Changing Seasons There is a distinct nip in the night air these days, clearly, autumn will be slowly melding into winter. It’s a pleasant time of the year a time of festivity and joy, cheer and sharing. Autumn is a season of harvest; hopes sown in spring and summer are harvested in autumn. We w...

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ENGLAND’S YOUNG LIONS OUTPACE SPAIN'S ROJAS 5-2

“I don’t think the National Anthem should be played before the films. You are not in school where you start the day with the National Anthem.” FOOTBALL// England swaggered their way into the FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph and the invigorating final against Spain was as much a celebration of at...

Cover story

THE HIGHWAY MAN

Nitin Gadkari is a classic case of how the RSS nurtures ambitious men, assisting them in their rise in politics. The businessman turned politician is known to be an efficient administrator and his currency within the party and government is on the rise. Being the blue-eyed boy of the RSS, Gadkari ...

Platform

A CAPITAL QUESTION

The Supreme Court has asked the government to find ways of finding more humane ways of executing the death sentence and whether death by hanging can be stopped. The apex court observed that the condemned should die in peace and not in pain. In fact, capital punishment itself must be questioned by ...

International

AUNG SAN SUU KYI: A REBEL PAUSED

Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspi...

Religion

LIVING GODDESS

Another three-year-old girl has been anointed on Ashtami this year or what is known as Dasain in Nepal as the Kumari or the new ‘living goddess’ of Kathmandu by Hindu priests and taken to a palace where she will remain until she reaches puberty. The tradition continues. Kathmandu’s Durbar S...

Politics

A KAFKAESQUE PLOT SCRIPTED BY SAUDIS

Evidence of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state since the 7th century is not accompanied by a narrative of harmony with the Buddhist majority in Burma (Myanmar) throughout this period. But since 1970-80, increased repression, economic deprivation, denial of citizenship rights could possibly be becau...

Art

ETCHING THE LAST BREATHS

He is the other Ghalib walking the narrow bylanes of Delhi’s old quarters. More than 150 years ago Ghalib the greatest poet of Urdu died in pain and penury just a stone’s throw from where sits today’s Ghalib bent over blank sheets, carving out the most intricate of letters with his gaggle of...

Lifestyle

TIME AND TIDE

The fading world of Anglo-Indians captured by Karan Kapoor. A look at his two-decade documentation and photo show on Anglo-Indians in India; a conversation with the photographer and a look at the archive. Karan Kapoor is a classical photographer of the subdued and nuanced genre. Almost like his l...

Cinema

DEFYING LAWS

Newton is a peek into the fascinating world of an Indian general election and the processes and ideologies that govern it. But Newton also works on so many other levels - as a dark comedy, as the portrait of a naive man, and as the story of a land ravaged by war, where the biggest losers are the c...

Women

READY FOR COMBAT

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon have its first batch of women fighter pilots inducted into its combat force. We look at the first three women to don the IAF colours and reach for the skies. It’s really been a dream come true for young Avani. She spent her growing years wanting to fly like ...

Garnish

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF FOOD

What will we eat in the year 2100? We take a look at what we might eat in the future, and how we’ll produce it. It’s a tricky question, as new techniques and a changing climate combine to radically transform conventional agriculture NOT MANY OF US give much thought to food and eat it hoping t...