Politician  as  god
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The Worshipful Leader

Mass adulation is universal. But the hero worship that’deeply ingrained in Tamil public life is akin to a relationship with divinity.

Ajay Sukumaran
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In Eelam-aspiring Lanka, Prabhakaran was the Tamil hope. An ungodly deity in fatigues.
S. Senthil Kumar
The AIADMK’s obits are being written again, 29 years after MGR’s death. The party survived the last time, but can it repeat the feat?
Gnani Sankaran
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Dravidian politics was universal, at least in theory. The Thevar rise changes the grammar.
Kavitha Muralidharan
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Will OPS last? Will Sasikala prevail? Other castes are watching...so are BJP, Congress.
Kavitha Muralidharan
Border Blues
There is trepidation post Uri attack, yet this LoC village clings on to link India-Pak trade
Naseer Ganai
Red Market
An organ-trade doc escapes. Two top hospitals report kidney sales. More preys?
Anoo Bhuyan
Baba Terror
It’s gruelling time for the witnesses in Asaram crime cases. Prolonged remands make them even tenser.
Ushinor Majumdar
Jayalalithaa was what the masses wanted. To understand her is also to understand the Tamil masses.
Two Chinas
The ripples from Trump’s apparent violation of the ‘One China’ policy can reach India
Pranay Sharma
What did it mean to be in Syria before 2013; before mercenaries and Islamists surrounded the city and the drum roll of war began...
Dr Waiel S.H. Awwad
Cash Crisis
Demonetisation has hastened the process for breaking currency barriers
Arindam Mukherjee
Cash Crisis
How good is the idea of going cashless when cyber crime and online frauds are on a steady rise?
Arindam Mukherjee
Cash Crisis
Post-demonetisation, states have hardened their stances on the proposed GST. A delay is inevitable.
Zia Haq
Cash Crisis
A suicide note in Karnataka claims to show how the rich manage black money. Can Jan Dhan accounts be a leveller?
Pragya Singh
My friend offered no sage advice to Jayalalitha, at best was her messenger
D. Pandian ON Cho S. Ramaswamy
Lonely Road
Meet some of the women who have taken to ­travelling solo across the Indian landscape
Stuti Agarwal
She Sachin
At 34, Mithali Raj is the batting spine of Team India. The star of the T20 Asia Cup has her sights on the World Cup.
Qaiser Mohammad Ali
An extract from a new book by William Dalrymple and Anita Anand on when the Koh-i-Noor resided in Lahore
William Dalrymple, Anita Anand
A joyous, clever, black satire references the entire African-American experience to make its point
Nandini Lal
These tales, set in small-town Assam, speak of torments and desires, and are soaked in music
Saikat Niyogi
The Insider
A regular column on the essential buzz
Bengali filmmakers are bending Bollywood with socially relevant themes wreathed in entertainment
Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh on Kahaani 2 and Bengali film directors in Hindi mainstream cinema...
Dola Mitra INTERVIEWS Sujoy Ghosh
Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury whose Bollywood debut Pink won many accolades, talks about the Bollywood evolution.
Dola Mitra INTERVIEWS Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
The author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid talks about his famous series, his 11th book, and how it all began.
Stuti Agarwal INTERVIEWS Jeff Kinney
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.