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Adults Only

Call it the Horn of Plenty. That even rhymes with porn, the unspoken cultural artefact that India is suddenly awash with.

Giridhar Jha
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August 16, 2021

Cover Story

  • Cover Story

    “It’s Erotica, Not Porn”

    Can anyone be coerced into porn? Are they kids? Allegations of youth eyeing a break in Bollywood being...

    August 16, 2021 | Neeraj Jha
  • Cover Story

    Teen Kanya? No, Many More

    New adult content platforms have spawned a generation of Bengali actresses operating on the raunchy...

    August 16, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
  • Cover Story

    Desi Divas: Real Or Sham?

    You might have heard about Sherlyn Chopra, Poonam Pandey, Gehana Vasisth... What about those ‘stars’...

    August 16, 2021
  • Law

    Sliding Through The Seams

    A patchwork of laws is ­deployed against porn, ­confusing rather than ­clarifying the fraught terrain where...

    August 16, 2021 | Jeevan Prakash Sharma
  • Opinion

    Yes, But No

    If production of porn involves or leads to crimes against women, it needs eradication, not regulation

    August 16, 2021 | Vani Tripathi Tikoo
  • Women

    Porn Out Of Purdah

    What arouses women is body-positive feminist porn, not the kind that dehumanises women

    August 16, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy
  • Interview

    ‘Yes, I Watch Porn. There’s...’

    Actress Kubbra Sait tells Lachmi Deb Roy that people in general associate nudity with pornography 'almost as if...

    August 16, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy
  • Essay

    Sex, With Cloven Feet

    Not taste and aesthetics, but class and power draw the line between porn and erotica. Exploitation...

    August 16, 2021 | Paromita Vohra

National

Kashmir/Post-370

Valley Of Silence

Two years after J&K lost autonomy and state­hood, there’s no noise louder than the quiet on Kashmir’s streets

August 16, 2021 | Naseer Ganai
  • Punjab/Job Scheme

    Future Perfect

    State government ensures kin of armed personnel killed in the line of duty land good jobs

    August 16, 2021 | G.P. Singh
  • Madhya Pradesh/Mining

    Diamond: 34 Million Carats Buxwaha...

    “To a man living around these forests, 34 million carats of diamonds have no meaning, all he’ll understand are the many zeroes…that is what...

    August 16, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • State Disputes/Northeast

    A Long, Winding Road To Peace

    The festering interstate boundary disputes in the region will take more than meetings to find permanent solutions. The warring states will...

    August 16, 2021 | Dipankar Roy
  • States/Disputes

    Grounds Breaking Bad

    Originating from colonial era carve-ups or post-independence redrawing of boundaries, territorial disputes between states fester on in...

    August 16, 2021 | Puneet Nicholas Yadav
  • State Disputes/Central Role

    Band-Aid On Old, Deep Cuts

    New Delhi has mostly responded on an ad hoc basis to ­historically complex border disputes among northeastern states

    August 16, 2021 | Bhavna Vij-Aurora
  • History/Culture

    Bricks Of Lucknow Nagri

    When deposed nawab Wajid Ali Shah settled in Calcutta, he brought Awadhi art, literature, sport, fashion, food…changing and adding to...

    August 16, 2021 | Shahanshah Mirza

International

Sans Frontiers

Headlines from around the world last week

August 16, 2021

Foreign Hand

Football, Pokemon, rap music, graphic novels…and Buddhism?...

August 16, 2021

Poliglot

  • Snapshot

    Goalie Emeritus

    Naveen Patnaik may not quite be up there with Sreejesh, but the former Doon goalkeeper is the one who...

    August 16, 2021 | Outlook Bureau
  • Spotlight

    Sack The Shack

    Odisha tries to do a Goa, get beach shacks across its 480-km coastline. Maybe a tourist-friendly idea, but...

    August 16, 2021 | Sandeep Sahu
  • Spotlight

    Dalit Card

    A Rs 2,000-crore aid package for Dalits? No one in Telangana can really oppose that, except to ask...

    August 16, 2021 | M.S. Shanker
  • Poliglot

    Mixed Shots

    Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there.

    August 16, 2021

The NEWS

The NEWS

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

August 16, 2021

On Different Wavelengths

What’s behind the Covid spike in Kerala? Delta coming to the least seropositive state. Targeted, strategic testing that uncovers...

August 16, 2021 | Preetha Nair

Arts & Entertainment

Cinema

In The Boots Of A War Hero

Siddharth Malhotra, who plays Captain Vikram Batra in 'Shershaah', talks to Outlook’s Lachmi Deb Roy on its being the first Bollywood film to be shot in Kargil. Excerpts:

August 16, 2021 | Lachmi Deb Roy

Books

Book Review

Call Them Geniuses

Unpublished stories, translations, rare sketches and a screenplay—three generations of Rays shine with undimmed radiance

August 16, 2021 | Anjana Basu
Book Review

A Miniature’s Hidden Figures

In this astute analysis, Dara’s popular image is replaced by a man influenced by complex political-religious pulls typical of his age

August 16, 2021 | Nonica Datta

Diary

Tunisia Diary

Hindi is a cactus fruit, chapati is a soft bread, and the sari flows from the neck down. But from Hannibal to the Arab Spring, there’s something uniquely ‘Tounsi’ about Tunisia.

August 16, 2021 | Puneet Kundal

Letters

Letters

Published feedback from our readers: rants, raves, bouquets, brickbats

August 16, 2021