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The Caravan

The Caravan

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Under a Cloud


Over the decade of its rule, the Badal family has consolidated its control over some of Punjab’s most lucrative businesses, but has done little to stem some of the biggest crises facing the state—including an epidemic of drug addiction. As Punjab goes to polls, Hartosh Singh Bal reports, voters must choose between the family’s nepotism, and the unpromising alternatives presented by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress.


Also in this issue:


The cockeyed vision of RK Laxman; Raj Thackeray gains as the BJP’s ties with the Shiv Sena grow strained; Dear Zindagi’s radical break from Bollywood’s portrayal of mental illness; The Chinese state’s siege on Uyghur ways of worship; Looking for the Adivasi and Dalit presence in Indian children’s literature

The country's first and only publication devoted to narrative journalism, The Caravan occupies a singular position among Indian magazines. It is a new kind of magazine for a new kind of reader, one who demands both style and substance.
Since its relaunch in January 2010, the magazine has earned a reputation as one of the country's most sophisticated publications-a showcase for the region's finest writers and a distinctive blend of rigorous reporting, incisive criticism and commentary, stunning photo essays, and gripping new fiction and poetry. Its commitment to great storytelling has earned it the respect of readers from around the world.
• "India's best English language magazine", The Guardian, London
• "For those with an interest in India, it has become an absolute must-read", The New Republic, Washington
The Caravan fills a niche in the Indian media that has remained vacant for far too long, catering to the intellectually curious and aesthetically refined reader, who seeks a magazine of exceptional quality.