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Cover Story | Editor’s Note

Lamentation 2021

S Prasannarajan

Building anew is nobler than being offended by bad stories. It’s about restoring faith in the state

Essays | Open Essay

The Republic of Sorrow

MJ Akbar

In life, prayer is hope; in death, prayer is solace

The Republic of Sorrow

India in Prayer

Madhavankutty Pillai

Between failure and grief, there is also the compassion of the community and the unbending glory of the human spirit. What will define us is how we confront this moment and we might still come out a better country

India in Prayer

Cover Story

The Kindness of Strangers

Lhendup G Bhutia

How people stepped up to fill the gaps in India’s Covid response as the second wave surged

Columns | Guest Column

The Levant Erupts Again

Ram Madhav

Another violent turn in the long-standing objective of Hamas to capture Jerusalem

Himanta Biswa Sarma : The Mastermind

Features | Politics

Himanta Biswa Sarma : The Mastermind
PR Ramesh

Workaholic and a savvy political networker with his ear to the ground, Himanta Biswa Sarma has twice made the difference for BJP in Assam

‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’

Politics | Interview

‘The relevance of the Left in India cannot be measured by poll victories alone’
Ullekh NP

Ullekh NP in conversation with Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala

The Chill of Shimla

Columns | Soft Power

The Chill of Shimla
Makarand R Paranjape

One hundred years after Gandhi’s first visit to the summer capital of British India

Treading with Caution

Columns | Whisperer

Treading with Caution

Jayanta Ghosal

Mamata Banerjee, usually a small eater, is not happy with the diet and the 5 kg she has gained by being confined to the wheelchair

See You Down the Road

Cinema

See You Down the Road

Noel de Souza

Nomadland tells the story of a woman on the margins discovering the joys and hardships of an itinerant life. Noel de Souza speaks to the Academy Award winning director Chloé Zhao and actor Frances McDormand about the search for America’s soul

‘What worked for BJP was our efficiency, honesty and commitment to people’s concerns’

Politics | Interview

‘What worked for BJP was our efficiency, honesty and commitment to people’s concerns’

PR Ramesh

PR Ramesh in conversation with Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam

King Con

Cinema

King Con

Kaveree Bamzai

Over the decades, bluff masters have promised riches, freedom, even immunity for criminal acts. Their onscreen depictions show that they are celebrated rather than reviled

Ashok Ferrey: Our Fathers in Heaven

Books

Ashok Ferrey: Our Fathers in Heaven

Antara Raghavan

Ashok Ferrey’s new book captures Sri Lankans at home and abroad. The author tells Antara Raghavan about the persistence of grief and the art of construction

Rebels versus Soldiers

Books

Rebels versus Soldiers

Siddharth Singh

Increasingly, guerrilla groups and government troops exhibit similar military behaviour

Salman and the Secret of a Comfortable Shoe

Cinema | Movie Review: Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai

Salman and the Secret of a Comfortable Shoe

Kaveree Bamzai

The veteran actor’s Radhe offers an escape in these stressful times

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