The case of the missing middle

As Modi shifts BJP’s social base, the middle class is no longer the party’s focus

Action, emotion and an electoral strategy

Opening Comment

Modi came to deliver a regular address but switched style after looking at belligerent opposition

Biography of an autobiography

Book Excerpts

Excerpts from the Editor’s Introduction, ‘An Autobiography or the Story of My Experiments with Truth: Critical Edition’

Death of a pragmatic Gandhian


Gene Sharp, an American political scientist, distilled lessons in nonviolence, inspiring change around the globe

Tightrope walking meets poll dance


Reading the budget for fine print and asterisk marks

Doubling farmers` income


Interview with Krishna Raj, minister of state for agriculture and farmers welfare

How transparent is our budget?


India scores a little better than the global average in terms of budget transparency, according to the findings of an international survey

Touched new heights in highways sector


Union minister Mansukh L Mandaviya on the budget and the state of the economy

Doldrum islands


The trouble in the Maldives and what it means to India

In dubious asylum

Photo Essay

Stories of refugees in Delhi

An office-of-profit controversy


An IAS officer, often in the eye of corruption scandals in the past, now heads the bureaucracy in Himachal Pradesh

Schools for profit


Some states, most recently Uttar Pradesh, are trying to put curbs on profiteering by private schools. How realistic are such efforts?

Going generic


In some states, stores selling generic drugs aren’t taking off, but in some they are doing well

Tales from the defence world


Here are five gritty stories for the PM and Raksha Mantri to hold on to their faith and trust their judgement

A well-oiled move


The government is rigorously working to combine all the major state-run oil PSUs to take on the global players

Can we handle this?


Immediate government interventions are needed to dispose of the ever increasing mound of e-waste

Socratic letters

Book Review

A friendly invitation to philosophy, the art of loving and dying

I felt much more at home in India: Filmmaker Ahmed Roy

On a personal note

In conversation with filmmaker Ahmed Roy