14 June, 2021
From The Editor

Twice Orphaned

Why did we—I and you—not end up in a random crematorium? Thank providence, and the many good samaritans out there. The government, for all its bluster, had abandoned us.

Ruben Banerjee
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May 24, 2021

Cover Story

  • Lead Essay

    The Empire Of Cruelty

    The Covid pandemic has brought an acute crisis of legitimacy for the Modi regime—not its first, but certainly its biggest. Where does it stand in...

    May 24, 2021 | Pratap Bhanu Mehta
  • Seven-Year Itch

    The Seventh Seal

    The number seven isn’t proving so auspicious for the regime. Forget critics on the outside, even voices within the BJP are disquieted...

    May 24, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Opinion

    The Complete Covid Chargesheet

    Shashi Tharoor reads it out, point by point. The long list of missteps, gross errors of judgement, and active sins of commission—from the first...

    May 24, 2021 | Shashi Tharoor
    • Institutions

      Jantar Mantar Is Just A Sundial. Period

      It’s an Indian travesty that movements and institutions—launched and designed with best intentions—fail to resist those trappings we...

      May 24, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
    • Federalism

      Union Of Federal Uncooperative

      Despite the rhetoric, the Modi years have seen relations between Centre and states going south. At stake is India’s delicately balanced federal...

      May 24, 2021 | Preetha Nair
    • Interview

      ‘Modi Brought India To Its Knees’

      BJP government pushed the National Disaster Management Act and brought it under the Epidemic Act. The states can do nothing...

      May 24, 2021 | Preetha Nair
      • Counterpoint

        The People’s Prime Minister

        Those who keep dreaming of dislodging Narendra Modi from power have no idea of his single-minded focus on serving the people, and...

        May 24, 2021 | Vijay Chauthaiwale
      • Opinion

        The Illusion Of Eternity

        The Central Vista project is not only hubristic and anti-people, it robs India of the advantages of a shared global heritage

        May 24, 2021 | Navina Jafa
      • Economy

        At Least The Black Market Is Working!

        As the government’s health system collapsed, merchants out to profit kept the oxygen moving, making a killing from the killing

        May 24, 2021 | Jyotika Sood, Lola Nayar



False Face Must Hide What The False Heart Doth Know

The pandemic is moving into a hinterland that has already been made barren by an uncaring government

May 24, 2021 | Manoj Kumar Jha
Brand Modi

The Go-Getter, Downsized

To the western press, Modi was once the man who got things done. This ­larger-than-life image is now in tatters—a fallout of Covid’s second wave.

May 24, 2021 | Seema Guha


  • Politics/Bengal

    Wonder Woman As The...

    BJP wants to restrict potential challenger Mamata to the state and away from the Centre, as a unified...

    May 24, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Politics/Tamil Nadu

    First Bloom Of Lotus

    The BJP marks its presence in the land of Periyar

    May 24, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Opinion

    Subaltern Dignity Not Hindutva

    The BJP may have lost in West Bengal, but it has grown. Why? Because it moved into a gap in the...

    May 24, 2021 | Indrajit Roy
  • Politics/Assam

    The CROWN Fits

    Ambitious, efficient and ruthless—Himanta Biswa Sarma represents the new-age BJP leader as the...

    May 24, 2021 | Dipankar Roy


  • Snapshot

    A Viral Shake-Up

    A scam in bed allocation? Bangalore was caught off-guard by the second wave. But Tejaswi Surya was a wave all by himself. This was a different...

    May 24, 2021 | Ajay Sukumaran
  • Obituary

    The Techie Who Led Jats

    Ajit Singh was a bit of an enigma—a computer engineer taking over the legacy of a revered farmer leader. He prospered, but the legacy...

    May 24, 2021 | Outlook Bureau
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

    May 24, 2021



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

May 24, 2021

Barbed Wires In Bihar Friendship

The Bengal election results have rubbed off on the neighbour, from the...

May 24, 2021 | Giridhar Jha

Arts & Entertainment


Khan’s Market

Salman’s Radhe gets a hybrid release this Eid—in theatres, and on OTT and D2H platforms. Will it change the game for Bollywood?

May 24, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
Review/Art and Culture

‘My Book Is About My Making, Breaking & Remaking’

Kabir Bedi talks about his autobiography, Stories I Must Tell, his successes as an international star, his torrid love affairs, and a lot more.

May 24, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy


Book Review

Rising Above The Octopus

Rituparna Chatterjee puts together a cross-genre memoir where the tale of childhood abuse is transcreated through touches of magical realism.

May 24, 2021 | Anjana Basu


Daughter’s Diary

A doctor in London. She’s also a daughter, with her parents in Chennai. Corona has come home, but home is far away…. Ruminations from the edge, on the intimate and the universal.

May 24, 2021 | A. Mallika



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May 24, 2021