Friday, Mar 31, 2023

It’s election season in India again. How will the battle of ballots play out over the next few weeks? Will emotions hold sway over pragmatism?

Issue Date : 31 January 2022


UP Election 2022: Dalit Icon Mayawati’s Elephant Has Fallen Far Behind

An electoral comeback for former chief minister and BSP supremo Mayawati will be nothing short of a political miracle.


Long Shadow Of Farmers’ Protest Over Punjab Election 2022

The decision of some farmer groups to take the electoral plunge in Punjab has queered the pitch for AAP, and left other farmer groups disappointed


Elections 2022 | Politics Of Emotions: The Heart Has Its Reasons

In matters of politics and election, emotions override pragmatism. And an Indian election is the biggest show of them all—the grandest platform on which political leaders of all ideologies woo their voters.


Photo Feature | Politics Of Optics: Why Symbolism Matters In India

As another grand spectacle of elections unfolds in five states, here is a glimpse of how much the leaders bank on the politics of emotions.


Khela Hobe: From Punjab To Goa, Smaller Parties Take On National Behemoths

Elections 2022: The poll-bound states have a handful of small parties in the fray. They are symbols of India’s federal polity.


Mother’s Diary: A Naga Poet Recalls Her Schooldays Under The Shadow Of The Gun

Gut-wrenching memories of being molested by soldiers in Nagaland under AFSPA


Short Story | An Ideal Guest

On days when the overall morale of the hotel was dwindling and when they had received far too many badly dressed, uncouth guests, the reception would call on me to make my presence felt...


Who Am I: The Gender Bias In India’s Oral Storytelling

The epics have been used and abused over many patriarchal eras, their relevance convoluted to shove a regressive concoction down the throats of youngsters.


Slumdogs To Millionaires: The Changing Face Of Mumbai’s Chawls

Built to house mill workers, the residential clusters are undergoing a slow transformation, with highrises coming up in their place.


Phaniswar Nath ‘Renu’: Chronicler Of Bihar’s Poverty and Backwardness

Phaniswar Nath ‘Renu’, the journalist-writer, was an insider who told stories and reported on the backwardness of his home state of Bihar.


Goa Election 2022: The Good, The Bad, And The Bizzare

Everyone’s having a party in Goa. From Mamata Banerjee to Arvind Kejriwal, political parties of all hues descend on the tiny state for Elections 2022.


Kings of Good Times: A Political History Of Goa

Since its independence from Portuguese rule, the smallest Indian state of Goa has seen the rise and fall of several regional parties


Politics Of Fear, Hope And Disappointment

In this climate of fear, where’s hope? Or, what is hope? We, as people, expect miracles (development, welfare, freedom) from our princes. Will hope return? Or will fear reign?

Making A Difference

Brothers Grim: Rajapaksas Face Harsh Reality In Sri Lanka As Fairytale Fades

Threat of bankruptcy has pushed the President and Prime Minister to a corner and Sri Lanka towards an unprecedented financial crisis.