Driving change

What a drive through the Hindi heartland reveals: highways and infotech are spawning a surprising homogeneity. Old identities are pushed back, upsetting traditional political equations

“The people of Delhi will vote for change”


Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is the Lok Sabha candidate of her party from the Northeast Delhi constituency. In a conversation with Deexa Khanduri, she says she is confident of a victory

The role celebrities play in politics


Their fame should be no disqualification but most of them end up triviliasing democracy

A coastal wind of change


The campaign in Odisha pits Modi against Patnaik, but it’s not clear if the tide will turn saffron

Footpath of hope and despair

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The lanes near the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai sees numerous cancer patients and their families in hope and despair as they make home on spread-out newspapers and plastic sheets on the footpath.

Getting detailed with river water


An ‘open data’ project for the Ganga could be the model for other polluted rivers

When will the sun set on these laws?


Some of the old laws sitting on the statute book were repealed in 2017. There are many more that have outlived their utility

In pursuit of right to equality


For years, transgender community has suffered humiliation and rejection. The hope offered by the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 faded away soon

The art of policymaking: Lessons from Gandhi


He was creative, and eschewed ‘evidence’ and ‘data’, much in fashion today

On a personal note: Zeeshan Ayyub


Zeeshan Ayyub worked in theatre before he made his Bollywood debut in 2011 with the critically acclaimed No One Killed Jessica. He has since gone on to do a number of versatile roles and will be seen next in Arjun Patiala and Turram Khan