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February 2014: In the February issue of The Caravan, Leena Reghunath profiles Swami Aseemanand, the Hindu firebrand accused of plotting several terror attacks, which killed at least 119 people between 2006 and 2008. Weaving together a series of conversations with Aseemanand and his close associates, and clues from his life and the investigations into the attacks, the story reveals how Aseemanand came to embody the bellicose religious ideology of the Sangh Parivar and their vision for India. Also in this issue: fimmaker turned naturalist Pradip Krishen, the Indian army's uncounted war dead, TM Krishna's challenge to Carnatic music, and more.
January 2014: The Caravan's fourth anniversary issue is a journeys and cities special, with a cover story on the birth and the perilous growth of Gurgaon over the past four decades. Also featured is an autobiographical essay by Rana Dasgupta on the Delhi of the early 2000s, when creative energies were beginning to churn the city; a personal account of a Karachi crime fighter by HM Naqvi; and a photo essay from Morocco and Spain on the hashish trade straddling the Mediterranean.
December 2013: The Caravan's December issue is an explosive media special with a cover story on the inner workings of Raghav Bahl's colossal Network18 media empire, now under the control of Reliance. The issue also features stories on India's glamorous but compromised national security beat, the sense and nonsense of opinion polls, and on Twitter's moves to win over India's influencers.
November 2013: In the November issue of The Caravan: the rise and demise of Ponty Chadha, the billionaire businessman and liquor baron, allegedly murdered by his brother last November. By turning the spotlight on his chequered life and his spectacular success, achieved by manoeuvring deftly between changing political regimes and shifting government regulations, Mehboob Jeelani explores the nexus between liquor and politics in north India. Also in this issue: the Delhi Police’s efforts to change its appalling record on gender crimes, Jhumpa Lahiri’s subtle craft, the unstoppable boys of Punjabi pop, and more.
October 2013: Capital Scams : Working for Delhi's fraud call centres, Lampoon Elements : Kashmir's leading satirist prepares for his return to the stage, Baiting the ballot : A day in the life of an Aam Aadmi Party candidate.
September 2013: In the September issue of The Caravan, Toral Varia Deshpande reveals how the world of arms middlemen operates, and finds that tighter procurement procedures are only multiplying opportunities for shadowy dealmaking. Also in this issue: the killer leopards of suburban Mumbai; what Telangana means to Andhra’s film industry; and Bollywood's best new lyricist.
August 2013: To truly understand a society, it is vital to understand its culture. The Caravan’s culture special explores a wide spectrum of contemporary culture in India to bring you stories on topics ranging from MTV’s reality show ‘Splitsvilla’, and Rajasthan’s Merasi musicians, to celebrity chef and restaurateur Ritu Dalmia, and Filmfare and the Bollywood media.
July 2013: In the July issue of The Caravan, Poornima Joshi goes behind the scenes of BJP's continuing political saga as the party, after a season of tumult, prepares to bet everything on Narendra Modi. Also in this issue: James Crabtree on India's largest theme park.