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Opinion
I just completed my version of the great Indian novel. I gave the manuscript to my literary agent. He was thrilled after reading it. "It's a bestseller," ...
10 Questions
On what he thinks of his rendition of the Gita sloka being used in ‘Eyes Wide Shut’
Cover Story
Cover Story
Why not privatise the government?
National
Bihar
Elections in the state have little to do with fairness or freedom. Bullets and fraud, not informed choice, determine the outcome.
Border Villages
Twelve Andhra-Maharashtra border villages have the best of both worlds: they vote twice.
Bihar
Yet another nun is humiliated, and the perpetrators roam free
Interview
Chief Election Commissioner M.S. Gill has been at the centre of one controversy or another since elections were announced. One of the most widely debated decisions of the Election Commission (EC) was the one seeking a ban on exit polls, later struck down by the Supreme Court. Gill spoke to Bhavdeep Kang on the conduct of polls in the just-concluded elections.
Opinion
The next government, whoever forms it, faces a formidable task keeping the economy and society on track.
Politics
The deluge exposes Left Front's ineptitude, affects its prospects
International
Portrait
Raisa Gorbachev not only set a new trend for Russian women, but has left behind a treasure trove of respect, admiration and goodwill, collected from all over the world, for her family
Opinion
Reason is now treason, for we are caricatures of ourselves. Amar, Akbar separated at birth. Two states divided by a kiss.
Business
Agriculture
Higher inflation could be just one fallout as erratic monsoons play havoc with the kharif crop
Internet
Techies from India revolutionise web technology to bring the virtual world close to the real
Maharashtra
Lower Parel is no hovel. It's Mumbai's most happening spot now, thanks to corporate patronage
Mineral Water
Sure of the prospects of this sunrise industry, MNCs take the plunge after the due diligence exercise
Society
Scandal
Khushwant's infamous kiss makes Pakis wash dirty linen
Old Age
A long marriage is no reason for these women to continue with it. Late in life, they're opting for divorce, succumbing to their desire to live it up, even if it means giving up their comforts.
Websites
The persecuted gay community in India now finds a timely sanctuary in the virtual world
Sports
Interview
The match-fixing saga in cricket continues with the recent disclosures by New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming and former England player Chris Lewis about approaches made to them by an Indian bookie during the recently concluded England-New Zealand Test series in England. The ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya talks to Aniruddha Bahal about the matter and also throws some light on the Pilcom dispute with Doordarshan and other related matters:
Match-Fixing
The Stephen Fleming-Chris Lewis disclosures point to an Indian with a 'conman' reputation
Arts & Entertainment
Cinema
It's come trailing clouds of hype, but Deepa Mehta's film 'Earth' fails to strike a raw chord
Books
Review
Powerful essays that warn of increased social turbulence
Ravinder Kumar on The Concerned Indian's Guide To Communalism By K.N. Panikkar
Review
Ironically, hunters' memories bring to life a once rich wildlife
Valmik Thapar on Oxford Anthology Of Indian Wildlife By Mahesh Rangarajan
Review
Razor sharp, delightful read
Binoo K. John on The Reflections Of A Hen In Her Last Hour By Paul Zacharia
Literature
Calcutta is intensely close to Gunter Grass. It brings out the layers of complexity which constitute the Nobel laureate's sensibilities.
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