52 Detail

A weekly series of reported essays from 52.

Week Fifty

Stamina

India’s marathon culture came of age thanks to liberalisation. It jump-started the career of many athletes, birthed new marketing strategies—and changed the lives of dozens of girls in a drought-prone village of eastern Maharashtra.

Week Forty Nine

Source Code

Liberalisation helped make India the world’s software capital. This is what it looked like to the men who built its most successful company, Infosys.

Week Forty Seven

Majority Report

For most of independent India’s history, President’s Rule was imposed on an average of 2.5 times a year. Now it’s rarely invoked. Here’s what changed the game for Indian federalism.

Week Forty Three

Homelands

For the nomadic Gujjar-Bakarwals of J&K, the abrogation of Article 370 came with a sliver of hope for their lands and livelihoods. But they’ve been losing both for years.

Week Forty Two

Mysore Star

Not all new Indian cinema was born in Bombay, Calcutta or Madras. One pioneer helped build the Kannada movie world in Mysore. In the year of his birth centenary, this is the story of Shankar Singh.

Week Thirty Nine

Hi, Dear

The internet was meant to transform how India falls in love. Instead, it revolutionised how we creep each other out.

Week Thirty Eight

Tornado

Long before the people of Delhi had to worry about the climate apocalypse, a twister ripped through its university campus.

Week Thirty Six

Ambassador

She aced independent India's first civil services examination. Then she made history by exposing the misogyny of the country's elite diplomatic corps.

Week Thirty Four

Friends

Twenty years ago, a film about the bond between three posh Bombay boys changed the rules of Hindi cinema. Here’s an oral history of ‘Dil Chahta Hai.’

Week Thirty Three

Scales

Over 50,000 Indians die of snakebite every year. We know how to save these lives—but producing the cure is easier said than done.

Week Thirty Two

The Testimony

Hundreds of children from Bihar's Gaya district had been trafficked to Jaipur's bangle workshops. Then, a group of boys escaped against all odds.

Week Thirty One

Borders

Many in Pakistan have considered the sari a foreign item of clothing. Generations of Pakistani women have insisted on wearing it anyway.

Week Thirty

The Knife

Firebrand revolutionary, renowned administrator, betrayed communist icon. K.R. Gouri will go down in history as one of the tallest leaders of her time and place.

Week Twenty Seven

Hathi

Millions suffered through terror and upheaval in the turbulent years following the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. One of them was a baby elephant from India.

Week Twenty Five

The Dig

The Keeladi excavations may alter the world’s ideas about the earliest Indians. But progress hasn’t been smooth for one of the country’s most sensational archaeological projects.

Week Eleven

Kamla

She was shunted out of the history of India’s most prestigious business school. On her birth centenary, a researcher redresses the record.

Week Five

Milk

For a few days in 1995, many Indians believed a religious idol had developed a lifelike ability to drink milk.

Week One

Collision

Twenty-four years ago, two burning planes plunged into the mustard and cotton fields of a Haryana village. It changed the way we fly

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