The Magazine

November 2016


Deep inside, in the social conscience of the nation, especially among the educated young, there is an uncanny anxiety about the future. Before and after November 8, it is this dark theatre, which is going to play out for the world to watch, writes Amit Sengupta from Boston.

Also Read

Can the Demonetisation Move be Justified?

Is this is an honest plan towards reform or just a populist measure at the cost of the state exchequer, ask Subhamoy Maitra and Abhinandan Sinha.


In the Aftermath of the Burhan Wani Protests

The streets of Kashmir look relatively calm for the first time since the unrest began and shutdown took effect in July. Instances of stone pelting have reduced and while many may term this as a return of ‘normalcy’ to the valley, this is just a phase till the volcano erupts again, says Bilal Kuchay.


Stories of Love and Consequence

Barnamala Roy reviews Sharanya Manivannan’s debut collection of short stories – The High Priestess Never Marries.


Trump is the logical apotheosis of humanised capitalism, where the winners take all, where executive decisions are sacrosanct, where we feel it right to sponsor deaths and tortures and waterboarding and drones and assassinations and weaponisation of regions that we consider inferior, says Saswat Pattanayak.


Stranded with Trump

Donald Trump’s win may have come as a shock for many, but it is impossible that this kind of intolerance was born overnight. It had always been there, but his inflammatory speeches and lack of political correctness is bringing them out of the shadows at an alarming rate, says Debanjali Bose.


Civil and Cultural Contestations

With the invention and circulation of cultural symbols, such as Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, there is a persist package of ‘go back’ attempts that intend to repeat the cultural re-imagination of ‘Indian Nationalism’, which was popular in late 19th Century and first half of the 20th Century, says Aejaz Ahmad Wani.

A Few Hiccups and Some Bear

Traditional Indian culture habitually focuses excessively on success stories and completely overlooks failures, and that is something that the FuckUp Nights franchise aims to reverse, says Gogona Saikia (with inputs from Ashish Goenka).

To July

A couple of poems by Aritra Mukherjee.