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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
DIVIDE AND RULE?
THE RETURN OF THE RENEGADE
PLAYING FOR THE TURN?
NOBODY’S ENEMY • Why the BJP has gone for newbie Dhami
A BREWING STORM
REFORM AND REPOSITION
DECODING MODI’S MEGA MAKEOVER • The cabinet overhaul was an exercise in rewarding performers and getting fresh talent to ensure delivery of promises. It was also about representation to electorally significant interest groups and building a next-gen leadership
GUTS AND GLORY • DELAYED AND NEARLY DERAILED BY COVID, THE TOKYO GAMES ARE FINALLY ON. A LOOK AT INDIA’S PREPARATIONS AND MEDAL PROSPECTS
INDIA AT TOKYO 2020
SHE AIMS TO WIN
HITTING HIS STRIDE
THRUST & PARRY
OLYMPIC CALENDAR • SPORTING HIGHLIGHTS AND SOME BIG DAYS FOR INDIAN ATHLETES
THE BIG IPO RUSH • Indian companies are making a beeline for the stock market, to ride its inexplicable buoyancy even in the midst of a pandemic. This year’s pipeline of new issues, as cleared by Sebi, is already worth around Rs 34,000 crore
THE MISSING DEAD • It’s now common knowledge that official Covid death figures grossly understate the reality. But why did this happen—systemic failure or worse?
HOW DID THE PATIENT DIE? • Registration of deaths has improved, but only one in five state the cause of death
Will the Covid deaths imbroglio impact compensation?
How deaths are registered in India
‘Dilip Kumar was both inspiration and aspiration’ • Dilip Kumar’s craft and personality embodied the magic that transcends Bollywood’s artifice
THREE CHEERS • EVEN AFTER 25 YEARS OF MAKING MUSIC TOGETHER, SHANKAR-EHSAAN-LOY ARE NOT DONE BELTING OUT HITS
THE RELUCTANT POPSTAR • Amit Trivedi has formed an independent record label to escape the gruelling demands of Bollywood
MAYBE NOT • ANJALI JOSEPH’S NEW NOVEL WORKS BEST AS A LOVE STORY. IT IS UNDONE WHEN IT TRIES EXCEEDING THAT BRIEF
TOO CLEVER BY HALF • From start-up culture to feminism, Tahmima Anam’s novel draws the right boxes. The only trouble is that it forgets to fill them in
POSTS FROM THE PAST • Several Instagram accounts are now using art to make Indian history cool again
Someone’s Always Listening • Apps like Clubhouse give you a voice—while threatening your privacy
YOU’VE GOT MAIL • The Newsletter renaissance
SWIMMING AGAINST THE STREAM • No Indian swimmer before Sajan Prakash has been able to automatically qualify for the Olympics. The 200 metre butterfly specialist says it is perseverance that has helped him make the ‘A’ cut