- Everyone has their Pashto cinema storyTue 12 May, 2015
But only some of us have the deep reserves of courage to tell that story
- Kushinagar: The place where Buddha diedTue 5 May, 2015
The town in Uttar Pradesh where the Buddha died is of great significance, but remains relatively unknown. A new graphic book recounts a journey to the historical sites associated with the life of the Buddha, and how in the midst of India’s spiritual collisions the author came face to face with his mortality in Kushinagar.
- Who decides how much my Crocin will cost?Mon 4 May, 2015
A month ago, the government raised the price of 500-odd essential drugs by 3.84 percent. Is it a fair rise, and does it ultimately benefit the consumer? Is controlling the prices of all drugs sold in India – which the government is considering – a good plan? A manufacturer of low-cost drugs explains.
- You’d probably make more money in a fixed deposit than a news channelWed 29 Apr, 2015
Wait. No one watches the news? Then why are there so many news channels. The writer of a new book on the industry explains the real reason these channels are launched.
- How Reliable is the World’s Most Influential Business Consultant?Mon 27 Apr, 2015
Ram Charan has worked ascetically for almost half a century consulting with top CEOs and businesses across the world. He claims to live in planes and hotels and own a house only for tax reasons. But as a writer of case studies, Charan has left the historical record poorer without a sense of how businesses deal with corruption and politics. His public analyses are usually simplistic, reducing complex corporate stories to tales of thrilling heroes who succeeded because they did something.
- The Extraordinary Network Across India That’s Helping Restore Our Film Heritage, One Trashed Reel At A TimeFri 24 Apr, 2015
From Alam Ara to Black Friday, from Paanch to Thalapathi, the list of Indian films whose prints have been lost is long. Not only have we lost almost 80 percent of our films made before 1964, we continue to lose recent ones too. But there are some extraordinary efforts now underway to hunt and restore these films, some of which involve the very people who used to destroy these prints for profit.
- How I Began to ReadWed 22 Apr, 2015
My discovery of reading and the books that inspired me
- Your Handy-Dandy Guide to the Bihar Assembly ElectionsMon 20 Apr, 2015
Bihar will see Assembly elections before the end of November this year. But the games will begin long before that. Who are the key players? What are the cool moves? Our writer digs through perception and realpolitik to bring you this primer to the upcoming tournament.
- Good People and Bad People Meet in ShimlaFri 17 Apr, 2015
The UK television show ‘Indian Summers’, set in the 1930s Raj summer capital of Shimla, has been Channel 4's most expensive drama ever. As it concludes its finale this weekend and readies for a second season, will it go beyond an understanding of the British Empire as largely a case of bad manners and political incorrectness?
- Are Farmers Going to Be Modi’s Biggest Blind Spot?Wed 15 Apr, 2015
Narendra Modi declares his commitment to farmers all the time but his government has steadily acted against them. The political cost is going to be steep. From rail rokos and stone-pelting to urea trucks being looted, farmers across the country are increasingly ranged against the NDA government.
- Three Supreme Court Orders Later, What's the Deal with Aadhaar?Mon 13 Apr, 2015
By law, you should not be denied any government service in India if you don’t have an Aadhar card number. So why do various government programs continue to ignore three Supreme Court orders and insist on the dreaded number, and how are they getting away with it?
- Five problems ailing veterinary medicine in India that you should know aboutFri 10 Apr, 2015
Besides our attachment to pet animals,India’s livestock industry alone contributes almost four percent of the GDP. So why does veterinary medicine in India languish with perennial problems?
- The Slave Ship that Ran from Kerala to New OrleansWed 8 Apr, 2015
Post Hurricane Katrina, a whole new American dream was designed for some Indians — how to get trapped in a guarded labor camp by an American company. Five of these Indians just won $14 million in damages in their fight for justice and dignity, in one of the largest labor trafficking cases in US history. There are more than 200 other plaintiffs awaiting justice in this explosive, racist example of how America's broken visa program continues to exploit international migrants.
- Why Spanish Is On Its Way to Becoming One of India’s Favoured Foreign LanguagesMon 6 Apr, 2015
The New Delhi branch of the Instituto Cervantes had the highest number of enrollments in the world in 2014. In Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, young people are betting on Spanish for their big city dreams. What’s going on with desi learners of Espanol?
- Hello? Anyone seen my swine flu mutation?Thu 2 Apr, 2015
An MIT study says the swine flu sweeping India might be a deadly new mutation. The National Institute of Virology in Pune firmly disputes this. How can there be such a vast difference of opinion? Could both be right or both be wrong? Is there a scientific conspiracy, a cover up, a screw up or something else entirely? We sought an independent scientific analysis and, as the Internet phrase goes, our conclusions may surprise you.
- Does Kerala need a share of the Rs 200 crore Naxal pie?Mon 30 Mar, 2015
This month the Kerala Home Minister approached the Union government to declare three districts from the state as Naxal-affected. But does the state have a Naxal problem and who would it benefit to have it declared so?
- That Thing About Creating NalandasFri 27 Mar, 2015
If India were to have one library for every 3,000 people it would need around 4,23,333 libraries. It is estimated that India has 54,856 libraries. A recent national conference talked of ways to fix this, but are numbers all that we are falling short on?
- How to Go From Boyish to ByomkeshWed 25 Mar, 2015
Sushant Singh Rajput and the man behind the star. And how Dibakar Banerjee moulded him into the beloved everyman detective, Byomkesh Bakshy.
- What is terrorizing Marathwada’s farmers?Mon 23 Mar, 2015
The hailstorm and unseasonal rains in 2014 that destroyed the rabi crop were thought to be freak events until they happened again this year, spurring fears of a sharp rise in the number of farmer suicides, bidding to outrun Vidarbha in its tragic scale. Is the weather the sole cause of Marathwada’s agrarian crisis, and how can this crisis be tackled?
- Can a Counterculture Become an Ethical Industry?Fri 20 Mar, 2015
These days several Indian cities are enlivened by splashes of color: an imaginative mural, a stylish tag, a critical stencil. Street art and graffiti seem to be sprouting everywhere, but there is growing skepticism in the community on what it means when our consumer culture starts patronizing this usually unsanctioned art form.
- Is the AAP Crumbling? Again?Wed 18 Mar, 2015
Despite its incredible win in the Delhi polls, the party’s implosion started a while ago. A look at how all the infighting and backbiting has been steadily coming to a boil.
- When I Die, I Want A PartyMon 16 Mar, 2015
In June 2013, the writer met Suzette Jordan a week after she’d decided she would no longer be stifled by the name, ‘The Park Street Rape Victim’ and all that it implied. And there began a quiet friendship. This week, shaken by the news of Jordan’s sudden death, the writer attends the funeral and joins the family in remembering this extraordinary woman.
- Things I learned at the Asian Women’s FestivalFri 13 Mar, 2015
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television held its Asian Women’s Film Festival again this year, showcasing the work of women, but not necessarily about women. Here’s what our writer found.
- Everything you need to know at the legal end of the Masarat Alam controversyTue 10 Mar, 2015
And what's with Jammu & Kashmir’s Public Safety Act?