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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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The Power of Nine
HEADED FOR BIGGER THINGS
Bye Bye Birdie
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THE RETURN OF SASIKALA
HIGH TIDE OF HINDUTVA • Narendra Modi retains the people’s confidence and their vote despite Covid, negative economic growth and Chinese aggression. His party’s right-wing agenda is also finding increasing public support
FIRM HAND AT THE WHEEL • Covid-19 and the lockdowns may have left deep and lasting scars on the economy, but the MOTN respondents repose their faith in the government and are convinced it will successfully steer them out of the present crisis
WINTER OF DISCONTENT • With neither the farmers nor the government refusing to blink, the agri reform agenda remains unfulfilled
DEALT WITH DEFTNESS • The Modi government’s handling of the pandemic gets broad endorsement. Respondents’ confidence in the Covid vaccination programme also runs high
BEYOND THE GANDHIS • More than half the respondents believe it’s time the Congress explored alternative leadership; Arvind Kejriwal emerges strongest among non-BJP, non-Congress leaders
THE FUTURE ORDER • J.P. Nadda has had a smooth run as BJP president so far, and Amit Shah emerges as the next big hope after Modi
NO.1 CM • Best-performing CMs in the country
NUMERO UNO • Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath emerges on top among CMs for the fourth time in a row, reflecting his unrivalled position as a champion of Hindu majoritarian discourse
MOST POPULAR CM • Chief ministers with the highest positive ratings within their respective states
THE BIDEN MOMENTUM • MOTN respondents view the new US president as good for India. But will Joe Biden remain proactive on New Delhi’s border challenge from Beijing?
SPLIT WIDE OPEN • Corruption, safety of women and law & order remain prime concerns for MOTN respondents. Opinion is divided on the state of Indian democracy, and differs along religious lines on ‘love jihad’ laws
THE ‘LOVE JIHAD’ SPECTRE
GOING WITH THE STREAM • Old is the gold standard when it comes to films, but OTT stars are gaining viewers’ attention, as our MOTN survey attests
DO YOU THINK CONTENT ON OTT PLATFORMS SHOULD BE CENSORED?
CAN’T LABEL THIS • RANVEER SINGH’S HIP-HOP LABEL, INCINK, WANTS TO CHANGE THE MUSIC WE HEAR AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
Rapping it Up
Song Machine • Musician Sidd Coutto on his ambitious plan to release 12 EPs in 2021
MORE ROAR THAN SOAR • Netflix’s The White Tiger tells a gripping tale. The problem is it does so largely in English
THE SNAKE, THE CHARMER
CHARLES SOBHRAJ IN POP CULTURE
REBEL Girl • Richa Chadha has never shied away from taking a political stand. In Madam Chief Minister, now playing in theatres, her character challenges norms, much like the actor herself
iSpy • Your guide to the hottest new stores and products
WHAT’S HAUTE • Why we turned to 10 top influencers to map...