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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
EARNING OUR WINGS
WAGONS IN THE SKY • THE TATA-AIRBUS JOINT VENTURE TO MANUFACTURE THE C-295 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT FOR THE IAF WILL BE A FIRST FOR AN INDIAN PRIVATE FIRM, AND CAN WELL BE A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME. A FEW FEATURES OF THE ₹21,935 CRORE PROJECT:
A BOTCHED OPERATION?
A SAFFRON FACELIFT
THE UPSET APPLECART
Mind the Potholes
ADVERTISING HIS OWN CAUSE
Jumping the Gun
MAPPING CHINA’S MIGHT
IN DEPTH KNOWLEDGE FROM THE MOST CREDIBLE SOURCE
HOW ASSAM CLEANED THE LAND RECORDS • Inspired by PM Narendra Modi's motto of transparent governance, Assam's Mission Basundhara has streamlined land revenue services, facilitating easy access to land-related work, reducing the pendency in update of land records, and eliminating middle men. A record 8,13,981 applications were settled in seven months.
GOVERNORS VS CHIEF MINISTERS • TUSSLES WITH THE GOVERNMENTS OF KERALA AND OTHER STATES REIGNITE OLD DEBATES OVER THE GOVERNOR’S ROLE IN INDIA’S FEDERAL STRUCTURE
THE BOUNDARIES OF DISCRETION
UPHILL BATTLE • AS THE POLL CAMPAIGN ENTERS THE FINAL STRETCH, WILL HIMACHAL BUCK THE TREND AND GIVE THE BJP A SECOND TERM, OR WILL THE CONGRESS FIND REDEMPTION?
THE X FACTORS
NAIL THE VILLAINS • FIXING CULPABILITY IN THE MORBI TRAGEDY IS STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. QUICK ACTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN TO PUNISH THE GUILTY.
A BRIDGE OF DESPAIR • The 143-year-old bridge over the river Machchhu was under repair and renovation for more than six months until it was reopened to the public only four days before the disaster. What lies behind the collapse of the bridge that was once considered an engineering marvel?
THE PASTORS OF PUNJAB • Pentecostal preachers find a fertile ground among Punjab’s most oppressed castes to spread their faith and expand their flock
“Sikhism taught me that there’s a god, the Bible showed me how to find Him”
“We will use ‘approach’ to counter attacks, not sit on dharnas”
“A miracle changed my family’s and my life”
“My experience with Christian leaders transformed me”
“I may have very few means now, but I am at peace”
“I don’t convert people, I only preach the Bible”
“I have seen miracles, have performed some myself”
CANINE CONUNDRUM • The rising incidence of street dog attacks across India reignite the touchy issue of human-canine coexistence
WHAT TO DO IN A STRAY DOG’S TERRITORY
‘I’M NOT IN ANY RACE’ • With a new film about to release on Netflix, actor Rajkummar Rao says he competes only with himself
GOING UP NORTH • Director Mathukutty Xavier is making his Hindi-language debut with Mili, a re-rendering of his Malayalam hit, Helen
Heaven on Earth • In this long poem, we see Banaras was many things for Mirza Ghalib—sanctum, paradise, trap
KEEPERS OF THE LOST CITY • Nazia Akhtar’s book acquaints us with women Urdu writers who brought alive 20th-century Hyderabad
GETTING BETTER • Out with their third album, dream-pop duo Parekh &...