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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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THE SGPC TAKES AIM AT THE RSS
IN THE PIPELINE
HOW TO STOP COVID’S SECOND WAVE • A combination of new strains, vaccine hesitancy and Covid-denial among people at large has led to a potent second surge of cases in India. We must do more than step up the vigil and ramp up the ongoing vaccination drive
MUTANT STRAINS OF COVID-19 • Although all viruses undergo mutations, changes in Covid-19’s spike protein, the key it uses to enter human cells, is a matter of concern
‘WE NEED VACCINE SATURATION’
WILL OUR JABS OFFER ENOUGH PROTECTION?
VACCINE STRATEGIES OF OTHER COUNTRIES
SIX AMBUSHES, SIMILAR STORIES • Security forces have repeatedly been ambushed by large groups of Maoists using very similar tactics over the years. Why does it continue?
THE BIJAPUR BLOODBATH • As they close in on the last redoubts of the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, the security forces come under a deadly attack. Lessons from past ambushes remain unlearned
SOP FOR AVOIDING AN AMBUSH
COVERING ALL THE BASES • Mamata Banerjee is still counting on a decisive mandate even while keeping the door ajar for a post-poll alliance, if needed
BJP’s Bengal Regiment
ALL THE KING’S MEN
DIVISION OF LABOUR • The BJP has divided the state into five zones with a special in-charge deputed for each zone
MISSING IN ACTION • Rivals in Kerala, allies in Bengal—is the Congress’s dual relationship with the Left keeping the Gandhis from joining the campaign against Mamata?
SEEKING A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE • Notes from the campaign trail as assembly polls near the halfway mark
TIME UP FOR THE DON • Gangster-neta MukhtarAnsari’stransfer to an Uttar Pradesh jail from Punjab is seen as a victory for the Yogi government. How will the politics play out?
MUKHTAR’S LEGAL WRANGLES
THE SULTAN OF STRING • For sitarist Anoushka Shankar, music can make you both feel and heal
THE SUBALTERN CAN SING • HAVING COLLECTED AND DIGITISED EARLY RECORDINGS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE, JONATHAN WARD HAS WRITTEN AN ALTERNATE HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MUSIC WITH EXCAVATED SHELLAC
REBUILDING THE WORLD • The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the way we live, but is it also going to change the way we build and design in the future? Architects weigh in
LEAVING THE CITY BEHIND • Architects are freeing homes from the urban bustle
JOINING HIS DOTS • A new Sayed Haider Raza biography makes sense of the abstract in him and his art
The Leading Role • Mixing fact and fiction, Kishwar Desai’s new novel shows how Devika Rani laid the foundations of Indian cinema’s future
THE OTHER VIRAL FEVER • AS SHORT, FUNNY, HOMEMADE CONTENT BECOMES OUR STAPLE ONLINE DIET, ITS MAKERS ARE MAKING MOST OF THEIR NEW CELEBRITY
Perfect (Comic) Timing
MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES • NOT ONE TO CONFORM TO THE BOLLYWOOD MODEL, EMRAAN HASHMI MARCHES TO HIS OWN TUNE