Cradle Of Justice
Cover Story

Scions Of Themis And Zeus

Keep those elevated from the subordinate judiciary out, and nearly half of India’s top judges are kith and kin of ex-judges and top jurists

Ushinor Majumdar
Cover Story
11 out of 28 sitting SC judges had either judges or legal luminaries as relatives
Cover Story
Chelameswar’s detractors say his opinion happens to coincide with that of the govt
Ushinor Majumdar

Judge Not Too Harshly

We must trust courts to usher in transparency. Pursuing transparency without that will expose judicial freedom to risk from State and market.

Upendra Baxi
India plans a national security doctrine to take on Islamist separatists in Kashmir
Bhavna Vij-Aurora
Separatist leaders of Kashmir and their kin who continue to lead comfortable lives as the Valley burns
The Hurriyat is too familiar with New Delhi’s ‘damage control’ delegations
Showkat A. Motta
The Maharashtra government was in too much of a hurry to pass an all-solutions-in-one security Act. Timely intervention puts a brake on it.
Julio Ribeiro
Campus Left
The SFI-AISA alliance in JNU polls is an admission of their weakness in a Left citadel
Bula Devi
Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is now but a flickering presence. But in his overweening pride was sown the CPI(M)’s fall in Bengal.
Dola Mitra On Buddhadeb Bhattacharya
Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave on river conservation, coastal regulatory zones and GM food.
Lola Nayar Interviews Anil Madhav Dave
Leader Comment
Should a political outfit be really bothered about an individual’s choices as long as s/he doesn’t break the law?
How are South China Sea and Balochistan connected? Via the dragon of course.
Pranay Sharma Interviews Pushp Kamal Dahal
India-Nepal ties had hit a nadir. It’s up to Nepal’s visiting PM, Prachanda, to restore them to an assured ease.
Pranay Sharma
Jio is a customer’s dream and a competitor’s nightmare. It is bound to shake the telecom market.
Arindam Mukherjee
Meat Trade
In times of cow vigilantism, a lot hinges on telling your buff from your beef, as India stands to lose an export niche
Pragya Singh
A glimpse of the journey to the Shravan Mela in Deoghar, Jharkhand, where faith-immersed pilgrims arrive barefoot with water for Shiva
Hansda Sowendra Shekhar
Everything in Sri Lanka is either sweet or spicy. Often both. Our people; our tea.
David Blacker
The Insider
A regular column on the essential buzz
Can cricket be a leveller in India? Adiga’s eleven find it out the tough way.
Suresh Menon
The prose is eccentric and has been badly edited, if at all. But a patient reader will be rewarded.
Bhaichand Patel
Ihimaera's Indian epiphanies, a fictionali­sed account of JNU life and the best from The Modern Review in book form
Across the cinematic map of India, a new crop of actresses is redefining age-old stereotypes. They are ­intelligent with their choices, acutely self-aware and keen to experiment with the mediums of the times.
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber
The versatile Nandita Das on the potential risks and pitfalls of taking the path less traveled and breaking stereotypes in Bollywood
Outlook Interviews Nandita Das
The Reviews
A spoof—if not a laugh riot—of everything from modern marriages to the police-politician nexus.
Dola Mitra
Web Extra
A very welcome, refreshing and poignant tale of Mumbai.
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber
The author of the award-winning Maximum City talks about his new novella, What is Remembered, and all things Mumbai and New York
Stuti Agarwal Interviews Suketu Mehta


An honourable Svengali and his Mujib-speaking protege ply their trade in liberated Bangladesh. Imam weaves a hyper-realistic tale of tragedy, farce, idealism and power.
Outlook in Rewind
10 Years Ago
Even in the still and serene surroundings of his 2,000-acre estate on the Sahayadri slopes in Chikmagalur in the Western Ghats, Ashok Kuriyan can feel the hustle-and-bustle and the pace of the Indian economy. At Balanoor Plantations, the "feelgood" factor has gripped every worker, including its MD Kuriyan. After all, despite a huge rise in input costs, it netted a cool profit of Rs 30 lakh this season, compared to a "no-profit, no-loss situation" in the previous one. "If we had not got the Rs 25 lakh subsidy last year, we would've been in serious trouble," says Kuriyan.