Cover Story | Xi’s Despotism

How to Contain Xi’s Expansionism

Brahma Chellaney

If Xi Jinping stays on his present path, open conflict with the West, and with India and Japan, will become inevitable

Columns | Locomotif

The Sublime Subversion of Ai Weiwei

S Prasannarajan

Reading his memoir 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows at a time when China's new helmsman threatens the world

Cover Story | The War Scenario

The War India Can Win

Maroof Raza

The PLA looks impressive in ceremonial parades, but unlike the Indian Army it has no battlefield experience

Essays | Open Essay

The Triumph of Realpolitik

Syed Badrul Ahsan

As Bangladesh turns fifty, India learns to count on its friendly neighbour

Cinema | Playtime with Boria Majumdar

More than a Derby

Boria Majumdar

It’s time we took India’s greatest football rivalry to the world

Features | Politics

The Meaning of the Mamata Campaign
Rahul Pandita

Trinamool Congress is aggressively looking at expansion, with Mamata Banerjee fast becoming the main face of the opposition

Columns | Indian Accents

A Passage to Varanasi
Bibek Debroy

The philosophy and geography of soul cleansing

Columns | Whisperer

Renaming Spree
Jayanta Ghosal

Renaming Indore after the 18th century queen of the Maratha empire, Ahilyabai Holkar


The Diplomat Doctor

Vineetha Mokkil

The Venetian who chronicled the Mughal Empire


Remorse and Reconciliation

Chintan Girish Modi

A queer-themed novel about immigrants, spanning Chennai to San Francisco

Cover Story | Farmers’ Agitation

Why Did the Government Relent?

Siddharth Singh

The threat posed by identity politics to India’s toughest economic reform appears to have influenced the government in taking a decision in the national interest


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