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From The Editor

A Pandemic And A Plague

Two spectres: a worrying second surge amidst a successful vaccination drive, and another virus against which Indian society seems to have no antibodies: the politics of religion.

Ruben Banerjee
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April 12, 2021

Cover Story

  • Cover Story

    A Jab To Block An Uppercut

    Vaccines are here, inoculation is ramped up...just when you thought happy days are here again, Covid barrels down. Can we stop it?

    April 12, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran, Jeevan Prakash Sharma
  • Vax Diplomacy

    Shots Across The Seas

    India’s laudable supply of vaccines around the world has a strategic underpinning. Now it has to balance that with pressing domestic need.

    April 12, 2021 | Seema Guha
  • Vax Business

    Sell Your Best Shot

    Though among the global leaders in vaccine development, India still has a long way to go before reaching the level of the US and China

    April 12, 2021 | Lola Nayar, Jyotika Sood



Education India (Pvt) Ltd

Academic freedom is non-negotiable and the State must stay away from affairs of the private education sector

April 12, 2021 | Saikat Majumdar
  • Pollscape/Polarisation

    For Uniting To Win, They Ring The...

    The Hindutva strategy of bringing social ­animosities to the surface is making even its rivals play along

    April 12, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Pollscape/West Bengal

    A Battle For The Hindu Mind

    Never before has Bengal politics hinged so much on appeasing Hindu sentiment

    April 12, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Pollscape/Kerala

    God Finds Place In Own Country

    In a land associated with ‘godless’ politics, every socio-religious ­animosity is being harnessed like never before in a war for votes

    April 12, 2021 | Preetha Nair
  • Pollscape/Tamil Nadu

    Sharp End Of A Poll Spear

    Demand for freeing temples from state control gains currency in poll season

    April 12, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Pollscape/Assam

    Mughal, Miya And Oxomiya

    The CAA-NRC gambit didn’t go the way the BJP would have liked in Assam, so that familiar tactic is back in play: a perfume baron is in the...

    April 12, 2021 | Anupam Bordoloi
  • Pollscape/Congress

    Shifting The Poles

    Mobilising economic discontent against crony capitalists can beat the politics of religious hatred, or so the Congress claims

    April 12, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav


Sans Frontiers

Headlines from around the world last week

April 12, 2021

Foreign Hand

The original one was a geopolitical crisis, from 1956. This time, it was a traffic jam on those blue waters! A ship gets wedged...

April 12, 2021


  • Snapshot

    Mehbooba In Mufti

    A long house arrest, a long exodus of lieutenants, the long shadow of ED sleuths, the long silence of new ....

    April 12, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Snapshot

    The Turmeric Test

    The spice goes missing from the political gravy he had cooking up on the eve of a bypoll. The rivals of D...

    April 12, 2021 | M.S. Shanker
  • Interview

    ‘Every Person Is A Minority ...’

    Patricia Mukhim—the Meghalaya journalist who dares to depart from nativist anger—speaks on why she...

    April 12, 2021 | Midhat Fatimah
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    April 12, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

April 12, 2021

Return Of Sundari

Tiger relocation? That didn’t exactly turn out to be, well, a roaring success in Satkosia. The immigrant Sundari found no...

April 12, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu



Star-Spangled Banner

A glut of talented and fearless cricketers has put India on course for world dominance

April 12, 2021 | Soumitra Bose


Review/Art and Culture

Her Indian Kitchen

Australian celebrity chef-restaurateur Sarah Todd speaks with Lachmi Deb Roy about her new cookbook that goes beyond the tandoori chicken truism…and her travels across India.

April 12, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy
Book Review

Not Without Her Mother

Shyamala Harris raised her daughters to become proud Black Americans. Her remarkable life is the radiating point of key nodes of Kamala Harris’s public career

April 12, 2021 | Nalini Natarajan

Arts & Entertainment


Curtain Call And Encore

Digital streaming of plays is not a patch on theatre’s end­uring mystique. Yet it has brought new audiences and helped beleaguered thespians survive, change and dare to hope.

April 12, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Bangalore Diary

The new green shoots revivifying Bangalore are also about its citizens : a new sense of public-spiritedness is bringing ecology centrestage. The lakes are springing back to life.

April 12, 2021 | Ashwin Mahesh



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April 12, 2021