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Weed Or Weedout

India has a Rs 10 lakh crore drug problem. So why aren’t ­ agencies going after the cartels feeding a growing demand for banned substances?.

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28 September, 2020

Cover Story

Cover Story

‘Rhea Case Could Lead To Systematic Drug Trafficking Racket’: NCB Chief

Rakesh Asthana says that the agency is going to be relentless in its pursuit of the Rhea Chakraborty case till it reaches the root of the illicit drug racket

28 September, 2020| Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • Drug Law

    Hi Pot, Meet Kettle

    Cultivation of cannabis is illegal, but consu­ming bhang made from it isn’t. Time for India to recast its drug laws, make them practical?

    September 28, 2020 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • Bollywood


    Amidst the clutter of angry accusations, finger-wagging denials and rampant rumours, the Sushant case brings Bollywood’s drug use...

    September 28, 2020 | Giridhar Jha
  • Young Addicts

    Kids Who Get High

    Substance abuse among children as young as 14 is fuelled by easy access. But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

    September 28, 2020 | Lachmi Deb Roy
    • Malana

      Creme De La Cream

      The foreign presence that made the hills and valleys of Kullu a byword for hashish has been disrupted by Covid. Some local voices...

      September 28, 2020 | Ashwini Sharma
    • Opioid Addiction

      The RX Factor

      Medicine misuse or abuse of prescription drugs like opioids is alarmingly huge, unregulated and growing

      September 28, 2020 | Ajay Sukumaran
    • Opinion

      Love Song To Addicts

      Being drawn to addictive substances is a normal psychological response from teenagers: a part of curiosity, and problem-solving...

      September 28, 2020 | Dr Amit Sen



Nitish Banks Lalu’s Votes

Bihar CM woos Yadavs as he sets out to dismantle friend-turned-foe’s long dominance over community

September 28, 2020| Giridhar Jha
  • Access To Server Denied

    It’s not a digital gap, but a chasm. Who will fall into it? Students who bear the multiple burdens of poverty, caste and gender.

    by Simantini Ghosh | September 28, 2020
  • Congress Battles Familyar...

    Gandhis show who’s the boss as ‘rebels’ are cut to size in recent reshuffles in AICC and CWC after letter bomb.

    by Puneet Nicholas Yadav | September 28, 2020
  • Mandis Get A Union Rejig

    Why farmers are agitating against the Centre’s ordinance route to reorganising India’s system of agricultural marketing

    by Lola Nayar | September 28, 2020
  • Harvestors In Gravy

    Tamil Nadu officials loot money meant for small farmers under the PM Kisan scheme.

    by G.C. Shekhar | September 28, 2020



Immunology Sales Pitch

Haldi milk, gilory juice, tulsi tea, vitamin C chewies—there’s more than you can chew in the immunity booster market.

September 28, 2020 | Lachmi Deb Roy



Sans Frontiers

Headlines from around the world last week

September 28, 2020

Trump Knows Corona…No He Doesn’t

The presidential debate is now about a vaccine, but a book by Bob Woodward of Watergate fame reveals the President was misleading the American public as early as February

September 28


  • Deja Vu, A New Party Is Born

    The AGP was seen as a ‘traitor’. So its original crucible, AASU—the student body at the heart of the Assam agitation of the ’80s—forms a new party with an anti-CAA slogan.

    September 28, 2020 | Abdul Gani
  • Chulbul Pandey: A Sequel

    ‘Robinhood of Bihar’? DGP Gupteshwar Pandey rides on the fame he got with the Sushant Singh Rajput case. Coming soon: a music video…and a political career?

    September 28, 2020 | Neeraj Jha
  • Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

    September 28, 2020



Dead-Bat Ovals

A bubble-wrapped IPL gets off the mark in the UAE. The bleachers will lie empty; hopefully the couches back home have enough bounce to compensate.

September 28, 2020 | Soumitra Bose

Arts & Entertainment

Review/Art And Culture

‘I Went Through Depression; Was Suicidal’

Actor Adhyayan Suman attempts to make a comeback with his performance in Prakash Jha’s web show 'Ashram', and seeks to emphasise that he has moved on and would not like to hark back to those dark days.

September 28, 2020 | Giridhar Jha


Book Review

Freedom’s Backstory

This study busts the persistent myths about colonialism, also detailing how many Britons turned against their empire’s endless oppression

by Sudhirendar Sharma | September 28, 2020


Eau Chew Diary

Smoky chimney soup, meatball soup, pork chilly…and the famous Josephine Noodles! Joel Huang, owner of Calcutta’s oldest Chinese eatery, serves up the aroma of a century’s memories.

by Joel Huang | September 28, 2020



Published Feedback From Our Readers: Rants, Raves, Bouquets, Brickbats

September 21, 2020