Everyone knows that caste counts in India, but we don’t count caste in our national census—except for scheduled castes and tribes. Why is that? And why have successive governments—including the current one—opposed a caste census? And why are anti-caste activists the biggest supporters for a detailed enumeration of caste identities?
Two suicide bombers staged a bloody attack right outside Kabul airport—killing at least 90 Afghan civilians and 13 US troops. The group behind the attack: Islamic State Khorasan—a bitter foe of the Taliban and best known here for its Indian recruits. We lay out a chain of events and take a closer look at IS-K.
As the United States retreats in haste and humiliation, Beijing is poised to seize a golden opportunity to fill the void—and take total control of its Central Asian backyard. But that dream could just as easily turn into a nightmare. Here’s a quick overview of the strategic stakes for China.
Maharashtra police have arrested Narayan Rane for a verbal threat to “slap” Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray—in what is the latest salvo in the Shiv Sena-BJP war. We usually ignore petty politics but this is the first arrest of a cabinet minister in twenty years—so it’s worth explaining how and why it happened.
A mob of 400-plus men in Lahore sexually lynched a woman who was filming a TikTok video on the country’s Independence Day. The gruesome event is just the latest example of escalating violence against Pakistani women—whose plight gets very little attention as all eyes are on the Taliban.
The Afghans are incorrigible. There is nothing we could do to save them. That’s the defence offered by the Americans to justify the catastrophic withdrawal—and the resounding victory of the Taliban. But the facts offer far messier and complicated answers as to why the Afghan government collapsed overnight.
Contrary to popular predictions, there was no fight or even negotiation over the future of Kabul or Afghanistan. Taliban just walked into the capital city over the weekend—thereby taking control of the entire country. President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, and the Afghan military and police simply melted away.
On Thursday, something went terribly wrong as the Indian Space Research Organization tried to launch a state-of-the-art satellite. The reason: a huge technical glitch in the third and final stage of the mission. Here’s a quick look at why the launch failed—and why it matters.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in New York accusing the prince of sexually abusing her—when she was a minor. The civil case may not put Andrew in jail but he is now the first member of the royal family to face such a legal action—which promises both great public humiliation and, perhaps, monetary damages. And that’s unprecedented.
The latest UN Assessment Report is out. It is important because it is based on the best available evidence and gives us a clear picture of where we are, where we are headed—and how to change course. We promise to keep it short so you don’t have to wade through monotonous prophecies of catastrophe.
The New York attorney general's office issued a report with graphic details of how the state’s governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women. It is a shocking example of how powerful men can abuse women—brazenly, repeatedly and over decades—while holding public office.