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FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
A NEET STRATEGY
DRIVING THE POINT HOME
A Special Desire
THE PLOT THICKENS • THE MUMBAI POLICE’S IMAGE TOOK A BEATING WHEN ONE OF ITS OFFICERS, SACHIN VAZE, WAS FOUND INVOLVED IN THE PLANTING OF AN EXPLOSIVES-LADEN SUV NEAR MUKESH AMBANI’S HOME IN MUMBAI ON FEBRUARY 26 LAST YEAR. THE SUV’S OWNER, MANSUKH HIRAN, WAS THEN FOUND MURDERED. THE CASE HAS SINCE GOT MURKIER, WITH THE PROBE EXPANDING INTO ALLEGED MONEY-LAUNDERING AND EVEN A POLICE POSTINGS RACKET. THE TWISTS AND TURNS CONTINUE…
NO LOVE LOST
Economic Offensive Wing
The Hajab Face-off
A Cover Story
The World View • Laws regulating facial coverings in general and hijabs, niqabs and burqas in particular vary vastly across nations. Many western countries have in recent years passed legislation to ban such clothing in public areas; in many Islamic countries, they are not a legal requirement but a cultural expectation
What Courts Have Said
MODESTY & MODERNITY • The controversy around students wearing the hijab has sparked a larger debate centred around cultural dress codes, institutional authority, personal choice and bigotry
POLITICS OF INFLUENCE
HIJABS OF THE MIND
THE RIGHT TO BE VISIBLE
GUJARAT’S SECRET HUMAN PIPELINE • Illegal immigration from Gujarat to the US is on the rise. Hopefuls risk death, exploitation and human traffickers to reach the promised land
DODGY TRAILS • Travel agents use three routes to get illegal migrants into the US
MODUS OPERANDI • Most Gujaratis settled in the US recruit labour from their native place. They allegedly also facilitate the illegal smuggling
TREADING THE FAULT LINES • Ethnic divide, insurgent threats, AFSPA, unemployment, difficult allies—the ruling BJP and rival Congress face multiple issues and new challenger NPP in elections to this border state
VALLEY VS. HILLS: THE BIG DIVIDE
NATIONAL PEOPLE’S PARTY (NPP)
CATTLE BATTLE • Will the BJP’s bovine obsession dent its electoral fortunes in the cow belt state?
‘HINDUTVA IS NOT RIGID. IT BELIEVES IN UNITY, NOT UNIFORMITY’
THE NEW POLITICAL MACHINE • Two books charting the BJP’s journey to the top highlight how the saffron party has reshaped itself into a formidable political machine
INDIA’S GAMING MOMENT • WITH INDIA BECOMING A LARGE GAMING MARKET, WILL THE CENTRE’S PUSH FOR A TASK FORCE HELP CREATE MORE WORLD-CLASS DEVELOPERS AND JOBS FOR THE YOUTH?
Master of the Rough Road • Known for speaking his mind, India’s top industrialist championed domestic competitiveness while also changing swiftly with the times
The Ultimate Showman • Bappi Lahiri brought in musical influences from across the world to give us some timeless Bollywood classics
The Not So Big Fat Indian Wedding • The wedding industry in India has had to reinvent itself in the past two years, with the pandemic forcing it to go leaner, cleaner and virtual
A NEW ERA
THE GUEST BOOK • The state-wise guest limit...