Legal aspect

Class & classification

A bar in Marine Drive, Kochi. In allowing bars only in five-star hotels, there is an implicit assumption that the rich have higher standards of 'decency' and 'morality'.

From the southern States

Money spinner

March 1997: Women of Andhra Pradesh protesting against the government's move to relax the prohibition policy. Total prohibition was imposed by Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in January 1995.

Interview: Shanthi Ranganathan

Road to poverty

Shanthi Ranganathan:

AAP crisis

The real Kejriwal

A supporter carries cut-outs of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a ceremony to launch an anti-corruption helpline in New Delhi, on April 5.

Neutrino project

Fact of the matter

Goats grazing near the fenced-off INO project site in Theni district.

Interview: Naba K. Mondal

Unfounded fears

Naba K. Mondal (left), Project Director, India-based Neutrino Observatory, and Stephen Inbanathan (right) looking at the Resistive Placte Chambers that go into the making of the detector at INO, at the Inter-Institutional Centre for High Energy Physics at Vadapazhanji, Madurai.

Andhra Pradesh

Massacre in the hills

The scene of the 'encounter' at Cheekateegalakona in the Seshachalam hills near Tirupati, on April 7.


The Chinese century?

China's President Xi Jinping (fourth from right) with guests at the AIIB launch ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 24, 2014.


Battle for Sana’a

People search for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led air strikes in a village near Sanaa, on April 4.


Celebration time

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressing a rally to celebrate the anniversary of the formal integration of Crimea with the Russian Federation, at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18.


A deal for now

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif after their nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 2.

Liquor policy

Of revenues, bribes and regulation

The village toddy shop at Thassarak in Palakkad.

Gujarat & north-eastern States

Dry only in name

A roadroller being used to crush bottles of seized liquor at Sanathal village near Ahmedabad on January 29, 2011.

Historical evidence

No easy way out

In a toddy shop near Thrissur in Kerala. Consuming liquor is a long Indian tradition.


Patel the non-Bismarck

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (centre) with C. Rajagopalachari and Jawaharlal Nehru.


Tracing rice domestication in India

Rakesh Tewari, Director General, ASI.

Kanha to Satpura

Operation Barasingha

Female barasingha deer at Kanha. The female deer comes into the estrous cycle only once a year and delivers a single fawn after a long gestation period, which is one of the factors making the barasingha an endangered species.

Tamil Nadu

A suicide and many questions

'Agri' S.S. Krishnamoorthy.

The United States

Debt sentences

Some of the students of Corinthian Colleges who decided to refuse to pay back their student debt, in Washington on March 30.


Mindless in Male

Former President Mohamed Nasheed arrives at a court in Male on February 23.


Return of Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari, momenets after he was declared elected, in Abuja on April 1.

Data Card

The death penalty

Volume: 32
Issue: 08
Issue Date: 01-05-2015



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