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Cover Story

Operation Akhil Bharatiya

For the BJP, whose national footprint is yet to match its pan-Indian self-im age, this is a fight for the final frontiers

Bhavna Vij-Aurora
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March 22, 2021

Cover Story


Like Gold In A Furnace

A bulked-up BJP worries about a Left surge in Bengal. Mamata counts on her government’s good deeds.

March 22, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Bengal

    Nandigram, Ground Zero

    This is where Mamata, in 2007, went right into the eye of the storm and mastered the furies. She returns again for a rematch—against a...

    March 22, 2021
  • Assam

    Brahmaputra’s Undertow

    BJP pushes for two-in-a-row. Congress, new regional parties hope to cash in on anti-CAA sentiments.

    March 22, 2021 | Anupam Bordoloi
  • Tamil Nadu

    Saffron Spritz In Dravida Land

    Can the BJP influence the course of Tamil Nadu politics?

    March 22, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar
  • Cover Story

    Dry Run In Wet Pondicherry

    Saffron with a French-Tamil twang? Well, a Trojan horse governor opened the castle, and now a dress rehearsal is on for the larger...

    March 22, 2021
  • Kerala

    A Soft Right To Move Left

    The BJP may not make it big in the assembly polls, but foundations will be built for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections

    March 22, 2021 | Preetha Nair
  • Congress

    A Big If In Its Ifs And Buts Tides

    A victory will consolidate Rahul’s position

    March 22, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav


  • Interview

    ‘Farmers Our Brothers, Misled By A...’

    Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar tells Harish Manav that only 40 people are misleading thousands of farmers. Earlier, they were...

    March 22, 2021 | Harish Manav
  • Ecology/Himachal

    A Shortcut To Hydro Bombs

    Himachal walks the tightrope to power its development with wider roads and hydel electricity at the cost of millions of trees and...

    March 22, 2021 | Ashwani Sharma
  • Uncovided

    Back To Normal? Well, Almost

    It’s one year since Atlas shrugged, and our planet turned upside down. Have we come back to the way we were? Has India, finally, ‘Uncovided’...

    March 22, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar, Soumitra Bose...


  • India-Pakistan/Ceasefire

    Spring Silence

    The newly declared ceasefire along the LoC benefits both countries, stops needless bloodletting. Yet no one bets on a further thaw.

    March 22, 2021 | Seema Guha
  • Sans Frontiers

    Headlines from around the world last week

    March 22, 2021
  • Foreign Hand

    Racism is out there, and also inside Buckingham Palace. Harry and his biracial wife finally open up on Oprah’s show on how difficult it was to be a British royal.

    March 22, 2021


  • Snapshot

    Azad Puzzle Challenge

    What’s Ghulam Nabi up to? Is he relaunching himself? Is he eyeing the Vice-President’s post? Will he form...

    March 22, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Ease Of Living

    Hyderabad Blues

    How come this genteel city of minarets, and now a prosperous tech hub, has ranked so low among...

    March 22, 2021 | M.S. Shanker
  • Snapshot

    Monks Positive

    It’s a mystic puzzle. Some 150 Buddhist monks in a Tibetan monastery test positive for Covid...

    March 22, 2021 | Ashwani Sharma
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    March 22, 2021



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

March 22, 2021

Flames Between Two Fires

Acres and acres of Similipal, Asia’s second largest biosphere reserve, have burned to a cinder. And no one knew….

March 22, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu

Arts & Entertainment


Arise, Real HEROES

Big screens, those grand exhibitors of Bollywood, are in great peril. They look at films with the biggest stars to pull them back from the very brink.

March 22, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
Review/Art and Culture

‘Stuck In An Image, But I’m Happy‘

'Nothing can keep you down except yourself. If you give up, it’s the end of you. I performed to the best of my abilities. The rest is destiny,' says Govinda in an exclusive interview to Eshita Bhargava

March 22, 2021 | Eshita Bhargava


Book Review

Oldest Stripes

Amitav Ghosh versifies the oldest tale of the Sundarbans in a magnificently illustrated volume

March 22, 2021 | Anamitra Anurag Danda


Punjab Diary

What does a movement look like, and feel like? The human spirit, in all its joyous colour, is unfurled across a whole landscape that’s become a modern, mobile Kurukshetra.

March 22, 2021 | Soumitra Bose



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March 22, 2021