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The Scream

In 2020, the year of the pandemic, lives took ­priority over livelihood. Both stand ­compromised in 2021, which promises to be more grim.

G.C. Shekhar, Giridhar Jha, Jyotika Sood, Lola Nayar, Ashwani Sharma, Rituparna Kakoty, Jeevan Prakash Sharma, Sandeep Sahu, Preetha Nair
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May 03, 2021



Stopwatches For These Last Laps

With three more phases to go, complex equations of gains and losses draw Bengal elections towards a photo finish

May 03, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Interview

    “Our Top Priorities Are Industrialisation...”

    Swapan Dasgupta, a key member of the BJP’s Bengal think-tank since 2016-17, talks about his party’s prospects and plans for West Bengal...

    May 03, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Tourism/J&K

    Footfalls Of Integration

    In Kashmir, even tourism is political—an uptick is touted as evidence of the benefits of abrogation of Article 370

    May 03, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Punjab/Agriculture

    A Matter Of Life And Debt

    State faces a crunch as Centre tweaks funding for foodgrain procurement

    May 03, 2021 | G.P. Singh
    • Poll Toll/Institutions

      Omission And Commission

      The central poll panel’s legacy as a guarantor of democratic tenets in the conduct of elections is taking hit after damaging hit

      May 03, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
    • Covid-19/Education

      Unfinished CHAPTER From The Pandemic

      An unprepared government and under-prepared education boards push millions of Class 10 and 12 students into anxiety and hopelessness

      May 03, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora, Prakash Kumar
    • Health/Tuberculosis

      Need Lungs To Choke TB

      Tuberculosis kills 1,200 a day in India, but there’s no urgency to eradicate this contagious disease that plagues poor nations

      May 03, 2021 | Jeevan Prakash Sharma


  • Geopolitics/Afghanistan

    Game Theories

    With US and NATO troops slated to depart in September, the future of Afghanistan is at stake. India needs to secure its interests by engaging...

    May 03, 2021 | Seema Guha
  • Sans Frontiers

    Headlines from around the world last week

    May 03, 2021
  • Foreign Hand

    The Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd gets his due, in a rare conviction against police. The Black community and anti-race people ‘breathe again’. America redeems itself.

    May 03, 2021


  • Snapshot

    Direct Benefit Return

    The Centre shifts to DBT as a mode of payment at mandis. Punjab retaliates by stopping farmers from other ...

    May 03, 2021 | Ashwani Sharma
  • Snapshot

    Vaccine Via Grassroots Model

    All of 2.6 lakh village volunteers, fanning out across Andhra. Result? An India record of 6.28 lakh jabs in...

    May 03, 2021 | M.S. Shanker
  • Cuba

    The Other Castro

    Raul bows out, deadpan as ever, but with a resonant adios: “As long as I live, I will be ready with a foot in...

    May 03, 2021
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    May 03, 2021



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

May 03, 2021

Return Of The Native

Who is an Assamese Muslim? A survey teases open deep-rooted questions...

May 03, 2021 | Dipankar Roy



Malabar Football Curry

How Gokulam Kerala FC’s I-League win has started restoring the state’s reputation as a football powerhouse

May 03, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

“We Should Have Tournaments That Showcase Indian Talent”

I.M. Vijayan remains a top brand ambassador of Kerala and Indian football. In an exclusive interview with Soumitra Bose, Vijayan speaks about the...

May 03, 2021 | Soumitra Bose

Arts & Entertainment


‘Bhagwan Had Said Sheela Can Get Back...But It’s Time For Me To...’

The name Sheela Ambalal Patel ring any bells? It’s Ma Anand Sheela, she of Rajneesh/Osho fame—come out of her eclipse via two Netflix docus. An exclusive interview.

May 03, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
Review/Art and Culture

A Mandela To Call Our Election Bluff

A Tamil comedian and a young director hold the mirror to our democratic exercise

May 03, 2021 | G.C. Shekhar


Book Review

Shakti: An Indian Unifier

A panoramic survey of the subcontinent’s shakti peethas, soaked in myth and tradition.

May 03, 2021 | Shormishtha Panja


Election Diary

A superstar, a campaign, a pandemic…everyone wants her to take off the mask! A new role, in a new terrain that she made her own by covering 80 per cent of it on foot.

May 03, 2021 | Khushbu Sundar



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May 03, 2021