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The Magnificent Seven: Finance Ministers Who Shaped India’s Destiny

The Magnificent Seven: Finance Ministers Who Shaped India’s Destiny

23 August, 2021 Alam Srinivas

The last few generations of Indians have lived in an era of sweeping changes driven by passionate proselytisers of the market’s hidden hand—our seven finance ministers since 1991

Tumhara Ishq Ishq…? The Double Meanings Of Desire, Porn And Erotica

Tumhara Ishq Ishq…? The Double Meanings Of Desire, Porn And Erotica

16 August, 2021 Paromita Vohra

Not taste and aesthetics, but class and power draw the line between porn and erotica. Exploitation happens everywhere in the world of real-world sex—not just in porn.


Outlook-Icare Rankings 2021: India's Best Colleges

Outlook-ICARE India’s Best Colleges Rankings 2021 can take the stress out of the college selection process and help students find one that’s a good fit

Law Blow: Harsh Laws Are Always Used To Suppress Dissent And Opposition

Law Blow: Harsh Laws Are Always Used To Suppress Dissent And Opposition

02 August, 2021 Faizan Mustafa

Harsher laws have always been used to suppress dissent and political opposition


Candle In The Wind

'I can’t tell you what it was like in chronological order. I haven’t forgotten…I just find it hard to remember.' Historian Narayani Basu recalls the horror of battling to breathe.

31 May, 2021

Most Wanted

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri

The villains in Ray’s cinematic universe came in shades of grey—fearsome but lovable, sly yet bungling, revolting and funny—and mirrored the heroes in their essential human frailties


31 May, 2021

Ray Of Hope

Sharmila Tagore

The passionate film-maker looked at the world through the lens of humanity and left viewers with optimism for a better, brighter world


31 May, 2021

The Household On Bishop Lefroy Road

Bodhisattwa Maity

The auteur’s cast and crew made up an ­extended ­family of sorts that nurtured ­creative ­collaborations


31 May, 2021

The Unerring Casting Eye

Subhankar Bhattacharya

The cast in Ray’s movies stand out—children and adults with no acting experience, theatre actors and superstars...


31 May, 2021

Message In The Medium

Dhritiman Chaterji

As technology makes borders redundant, Ray would have loved to take stories of his alter ego Shonku to a wider audience on screen


31 May, 2021

The ‘Normal’ Lens

Sandipan Deb

From the humanism of nuances and absences of his early work, to the pessimism and despair of the polemical films in later life, a journey through the life and works of the artist who put Indian cinema on the world map


31 May, 2021

Uncle Auteur

Anjana Basu

India’s only honorary Oscar-winning director could think like a child and cast children to perfection


24 May, 2021

The Empire Of Cruelty

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

The Covid pandemic has brought an acute crisis of legitimacy for the Modi regime—not its first, but certainly its biggest. Where does it stand in terms of performance and popular perception as it completes seven years?


10 May, 2021

The Missing Link: Public Health

T. Jacob John

What ails India? Why has it not been able to control the pandemic? What must it do to secure the future—to forestall a bigger third wave, and the next mass killer that is sure to come? There’s a big jigsaw piece that has been starkly conspicuous by its absence in India. Historically, and now. And it’s a question of thinking politically about health.


26 April, 2021

Dalit Time

Suraj Yengde

Despite caste society’s attempts to wrench Dalits away from living the Dalit life, they have outshined the crowd wherever they found a foot to stand


26 April, 2021

The Soul-Sapping Climb From Below

Judith Heyer

Even in an area of industrialisation, a social inertia-like force pulls Dalits down. The vicissitudes of life often proved to be their downfall.


01 March, 2021

Executive Order: Keep The Top Man On A Tight Leash

Faizan Mustafa

Successive governments have always tried to­, and often succeeded in, keeping the judiciary under control by targeting the country’s top judge.


01 March, 2021

Courtroom Scoresheets

Vaidehi Misra

Judicial performance evaluations for higher judiciary can help identify bottlenecks, improve judgments and accountability


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Naomi Campbell poses for photographers at a photo call as she is announced as the Queen's Commonwealth Trust Platinum Jubilee Global Ambassador, at a central London hotel. The QCT is about supporting and uplifting young...

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Healthcare workers, dressed in full protective gear, take part in a ceremony kicking off a door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination campaign, in El Alto, Bolivia. The workers will return bringing vaccinations directly to...

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