Modi At Half Time
Cover Story

Half Of Achhe?

True, Narendra Modi has rejuvenated the BJP. Midway through his tenure, though, the PM elicits huge expectations and deep concerns.

Suhas Palshikar
Cover Story
It’s not just about dashing moves, their motive has to reach people. Modi knows it.
Bhavna Vij-Aurora
UP Polls
Uttar Pradesh is a triangle of shifting proportions—with a minor fourth side. Alliances may decide the final shape.
Bula Devi
Punjab Polls
Akalis are seen as useless amid economic distress; the Congress is patchily popular. It’s the AAP many in Punjab are turning to.
Pragya Singh
Finally, India got a leader who has given its people hope
Tarun Vijay

A Messy Masterstroke

Two months after demonetisation, the economy awaits reboot

Lola Nayar
Track II
Kashmiri separatists warm up to Team Sinha’s peace mission. New Delhi can capitalise on the ‘unofficial’ channel.
Naseer Ganai
Taking on scholar-activists, the police send out this message: all is fair in the war on Maoists.
Ushinor Majumdar
The first tailored plan to fight Delhi’s pollution may just stop bad from getting worse
Zia Haq
Nitish Kumar’s move to offer 50% reservation in judiciary of Bihar to Dalits, backward castes...
Rajesh Ramachandran
Gen Bajwa may be less of a military triumphalist, but, with his limited manoeuvrability before Islamists, he’ll continue to clean his yard and pet the useful jehadis.
Ayesha Siddiqa
A Bombay-based theatre-holic's annual dip in the Fountain of Youth with Thespo 18
Quasar Thakore Padamsee
Cardiac Crooks
Most India-made coronary stents are sold abroad, while foreign players swamp the Indian market
Arushi Bedi
Our biz, banks, mobile and Aadhaar-based payments are under grave cyber-threat. Yet, India is a late riser.
Arindam Mukherjee
Misery Capsules
It’s a $2-billion industry on testosterone. But dietary supplements can be extremely hazardous for you.
Stuti Agarwal
Top Of The Heap
India’s best year in Test cricket saw the team crowned No 1. It now awaits a traditional final frontier—foreign pitches.
Qaiser Mohammad Ali
Karnataka's Karun Nair becomes sixth youngest cricketer in the world to convert his maiden Test hundred into a ‘triple treat’. He talks about his future plans and taste in music...
Qaiser Mohammad Ali Interviews Karun Kaladharan Nair
K. Radhakrishnan mixes the personal and the professional admirably. But his ISRO is a sanitised one and its inner workings remain hidden.
Shobhit Mahjan
The titles—fiction or non-fiction, foreign or Indian, and bhasha—that are likely to end up on the shelf of a discerning reader
The Insider
A regular column on the essential buzz
Wrestling bears and dreams, making wishes in dark alleys. A look at the films that stood out in the year gone by, infecting both our memories and imagination.
The director and dancer on life as a superstar child and wife, and her first book, Standing on an Apple Box.
Stuti Agarwal Interviews Aishwaryaa Rajnikanth Dhanush
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.