The Road Ahead
As the healthy spurt in car sales continues in 2021, electric cars, performance vehicles and small-sized luxury cars are surging ahead.
Watch out 2021
From psychedelic gem-settings to sustainability targets and unusual collaborations, here’s what to expect from the watch industry this year.
SPLIT WIDE OPEN
Corruption, safety of women and law & order remain prime concerns for MOTN respondents. Opinion is divided on the state of Indian democracy, and differs along religious lines on ‘love jihad’ laws
THE RETURN OF SASIKALA
On January 19, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) flew to Delhi, ostensibly to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the inauguration of the new Jayalalithaa memorial in Chennai. But it was no secret that the main item on the agenda was the impending release of V.K. Sasikala, the mercurial aide of the late AIADMK icon J. Jayalalithaa. She will be released from the Parapp anna Agrahara Jail in Bengaluru on January 27. Chennai is already agog with talk of the impact she will have in the coming state assembly election. Of course, since her incarceration in 2017 was on charges of corruption and financial misdemeanour, she is debarred from contesting elections or holding any office for at least another four years.
“I AM A STORYTELLER. IF I'M WORKING ON YOUR SPACE, MY DESIGN TELLS YOUR STORY”
Specialising in creating creative, alluring and functional spaces, interior designer Iram Sultan shares her design journey
“Michelin stars or being No 1 is only the beginning, not the end.”
Passion, pride and persistence are key to Spanish-Italian chef, Mauro Colagreco’s cooking and success.
MODERN MINIMAL MAGICAL
This apartment in Bangalore is layered with beautiful accents, fine detail, warm colour tones, a fantastic view, and well curated artworks
CAN'T LABEL THIS
RANVEER SINGH’S HIP-HOP LABEL, INCINK, WANTS TO CHANGE THE MUSIC WE HEAR AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN
High Tide Of Hindutva
Narendra Modi retains the people’s confidence and their vote despite Covid, negative economic growth and Chinese aggression. His party’s right-wing agenda is also finding increasing public support
West Bengal Election - The Power Of Nine
In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the nine districts of south Bengal delivered 19 of 22 seats for the Trinamool Congress (TMC). In terms of assembly segments, it translated into 138 seats—two thirds of the TMC tally in the last assembly election held in 2016. Barely months from now, the party’s performance in these very districts will be critical in determining Mamata Banerjee’s fate in a ‘do or die’ electoral battle against the BJP. The nine districts are: Nadia, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, South 24 Parganas, Bardhaman, Birbhum and East Medinipur, which together hold 178 assembly seats.
WOMEN LIKE US
Kajol grew up surrounded by strongwilled women. In Tribhanga, a film now playing on Netflix, the actor finds herself back in a familiar milieu
IN FULL GEAR
Race driver Jehan Daruvala is helping India get a foot in the F1 door
TROUBLE IN THE ALLIANCE
The Janata Dal (United) office in Patna had an important visitor on January 7.
LAW AND DISORDER
The courts step in to end the impasse between farmers and the government, but the farmers want nothing less than a repeal of the farm laws
A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
ELECTION RESULTS SINCE 2019 SEEM TO SUGGEST THE DMK HAS AN EDGE. BUT PARTY CHIEF M.K. STALIN IS YET TO CONSOLIDATE THE GAINS
A SHADE OF SAFFRON
The Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) official colour, sunshine yellow, is getting a saffron tinge.
Trump's New Year Gift To China
The violent assault on the iconic American Capitol building by a marauding pro-Trump mob extinguished whatever little glow was left of the shining City on the Hill.
West Bengal Elections 2021 - Mamata's Muslim Gameplan
The rise of new political contenders threatens Mamata Banerjee’s once assured vote bank. How does the West Bengal chief minister propose to retain it?
Covid Vaccine - A Shot Of Hope
Officials exude confidence ahead of India’s mammoth Covid vaccination programme, but challenges remain on the ground
Budget 2021 - Time For Big Spending
Budget 2021 carries major expectations—the government needs to rescue the economy from a morass of falling growth, demand and investment
THE LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY
TO ACCELERATE THE PROCESS, WHAT IS NEEDED IS AN AGGRESSIVE APPROACH TO VACCINE DELIVERY, A FISCAL STIMULUS, MORE CREDIT AND LARGE-SCALE PRIVATISATION OF PUBLIC SECTOR UNDERTAKINGS
THE MAKE OR BREAK YEAR
HOW NARENDRA MODI NEGOTIATES 2021 WILL DETERMINE WHETHER HE EMERGES AS A STATEMAN OR FINDS RE-ELECTION IN 2024 DIFFICULT. FOR THE OPPOSITION, IT MAY BE A LAST CHANCE TO GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER TO STOP THE MODI JUGGERNAUT
THE CURSE AND THE PROMISE
BE IT THE PANDEMIC OR CLIMATE CHANGE-INDUCED WEATHER DISASTERS, NATURE HAS SPOKEN. THERE IS NO TIME LEFT, WE NEED TO FIX WHAT IS BROKEN
NO SILVER BULLETS FOR DEFENCE
THE CONVERGENCE OF CHALLENGES IN THE YEAR OF THE PANDEMIC MEANS NEW DELHI WILL NEED TO REASSESS ITS MILITARY MODERNISATION, REFOCUS BUDGETS AND ACCELERATE DEFENCE REFORMS THAT HAVE BEEN STUCK FOR OVER TWO DECADES
A TIME FOR RESETS, A TIME FOR DIALOGUE
IN 2020, THE STREETS INTUITIVELY OWNED THE CONSTITUTION. IT IS NOW ALSO TIME FOR THE RULERS TO BE LIMITED BY IT
SUNNIER GROWTH WITH A CHANCE OF VOLATILITY
THE PANDEMIC WILL LEAVE SOME ECONOMIC SCARS GLOBALLY; GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTY IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AND POLITY, OUR POLICYMAKERS MUST AVOID DOGMA AND REMAIN AGILE
INDIA'S GREATEST OPPORTUNITY
THE “GREAT GAME” IN THE 21ST CENTURY IS AN ECONOMIC CONTEST. INDIA NEEDS TO OPEN UP TO GLOBAL COMPETITION—IT LEADS TO SHORT-TERM CREATIVE DESTRUCTION, BUT LONG-TERM ECONOMIC STRENGTH
WHEN NORMAL MEDIA ACTIVITY CAME TO A HALT, A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS AND CREATIVES TOOK OVER, BUT THE OPPORTUNITIES OF DIGITAL GROWTH COULD BE DESTROYED BY THOUGHTLESS REGULATION