15 June, 2021
From The Editor

Positive Result, Negative Time

How does the Outlook cover get decided? Through tough debate, deeply felt opinions, a sense of the public mood. The dilemma this time: should we foreground election results, amidst a pandemic? Here's why I voted yes.

Ruben Banerjee
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May 17, 2021

Cover Story

Cover Story

Broken Arrow

Turning the assembly polls, especially in Bengal, into a sort of ultimate test of its ­political might has ­exposed glitches in the BJP’s ­election-winning formula

May 17, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Congress

    What Did I Do!

    The clueless and rudderless Grand Old Party continues to stumble from one electoral defeat to another

    May 17, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • West Bengal

    Game Over, Or Halftime?

    A spectacular victory is won over a redoubtable foe. Mamata now faces a full-blown tussle with the BJP, her only adversary in Bengal.

    May 17, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Opinion

    All These Small, Left-Leaning Flowers

    Anger against the TMC helped the BJP in 2019. Widespread fear of its agenda torpedoed its chances now.

    May 17, 2021 | Sambit Pal
    • Opinion

      The Other Pinarayi

      It was his pragmatic, non-dogmatic ways that got the swing votes

      May 17, 2021 | D. Dhanuraj
    • Kerala

      Captain @99

      In the country’s red bastion, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan beats history and opponents with relative ease

      May 17, 2021 | Preetha Nair
    • Opinion

      Serving Them A Full-Bodied Cuppa

      The BJP did well to hold on to its 60 seats. A split of votes between the Congress-led front and the AJP-RD alliance saved their skin.

      May 17, 2021 | Akhil Ranjan Dutta
      • Assam

        Two In The Muddle

        Anti-CAA sentiment fails to dislodge the BJP from Dispur, while a stronger opposition in the assembly promises fireworks.

        May 17, 2021 | Dipankar Roy
      • Tamil Nadu

        Prince Who Finally Became King

        Stalin leads from the front to bring the DMK back to power

        May 17, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
      • Opinion

        The Dravidian Wall

        Patience, experience pay off for DMK’s Stalin

        May 17, 2021 | N. Sathiya Moorthy


  • Pandemic/Follow-Up

    Grim Reaper Stalks The Land

    The scene varies from state to state, but the overall forecast gives little hope

    May 17, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran, Jeevan Prakash Sharma
  • Opinion

    Whose Vaccine Is It, Anyway

    The race to find effective vaccines for the novel Coronavirus has thrown up age-old questions on propreitary rights over the immunisation shots

    May 17, 2021 | Sunita K Sreedharan
  • Punjab/Agriculture

    Market Shifts Middle Ground

    Farmers in Punjab welcome direct payment for their produce bypassing commission agents. Their protest against the new farm laws...

    May 17, 2021 | G.P. Singh



Ghost In The Mirror

Stark, lurid and truthful coverage of India’s horrific Covid crisis by the Western media raises the hackles of the Modi government.

May 17, 2021 | Seema Guha


  • Snapshot

    Death Of A Don

    A student leader shot, two brothers drenched in acid…mere entries in a dossier thick with crime and brute...

    May 17, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
  • Snapshot

    A Thrice Covided Seat

    A BJD strongman is felled by the virus. A bypoll is announced, then deferred, then deferred again...

    May 17, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
  • Snapshot

    Caste Aside By KCR

    A founding member of TRS is ousted for corruption. But there’s more here than meets the eye. The backward...

    May 17, 2021 | M.S. Shanker
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    May 17, 2021



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

May 17, 2021

Closed Open Road

Four months without fresh vegetables. Instead, Ladakh-Kargil was served...

May 17, 2021 | Naseer Ganai



A Bubble Shot Through

By callously bungling on Covid norms, India’s top sports institution has allowed the virus to breach elite training camps, leaving athletes and staff vulnerable ahead of the Tokyo Olympics

May 17, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

“Everyone Contributed To My Full Recovery”

Surender Kumar, Indian national hockey team defender, made a recovery from COVID-19 in September last year. His victorious fight against Covid and return to top form is a story of courage and conviction. A conversation

May 17, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

Arts & Entertainment

Art And Culture/ Interview

‘I Would Like To Play Women Who Are Irresponsible And Who Make Bad Choices’

Konkona Sen Sharma talks about the overwhelming response to 'Geeli Pucchi', one of the four stories featured in Netflix’s 'Ajeeb Daastaans' which talks about Dalit rights and the LGBTQ community.

May 17, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy



Mortar Beneath Fissures

Polarisation—grimy, often tugging at base prejudices—is the political challenger’s final resort before elections, argues psephologist Pradeep Gupta in his new book. Excerpts:.

May 17, 2021 | Pradeep Gupta


RSS Diary

It’s not top-down, hierarchical decree that erases dissent in the Sangh—it’s inner cohesiveness. Every voice is heard, every opinion respected in its collective decision-making.

May 17, 2021 | Vijay Chauthaiwale



Published feedback from our readers: rants, raves, bouquets, brickbats

May 17, 2021