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The CaravanThe Caravan

The Caravan

September 2019

The Caravan is India’s first narrative journalism magazine. Stories are reported in a style that uses elements usually reserved for fiction—plot, characters, scenes and setting—to bring the subject to life. Like The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Granta, the context of a Caravan story is something more substantial. In India, this niche—one for the intellectually curious, the aesthetically inclined and the upwardly mobile, has remained vacant. That is, until The Caravan.

Country:
India
Language:
English
Publisher:
Delhi Press Patra Prakashan Pte LTD
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12 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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the caravan

EDITOR Anant Nath EXECUTIVE EDITOR Vinod K Jose POLITICAL EDITOR Hartosh Singh Bal SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Roman Gautam BOOKS EDITOR Maya Palit CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tanvi Mishra SENIOR ASSISTANT EDITORS Martand Kaushik and Puja Sen COPY EDITORS Ajachi Chakrabarti and Akash Poyam WEB EDITOR Surabhi Kanga ASSISTANT EDITORS (WEB) Arshu John and Tusha Mittal CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Deborah Baker, Fatima Bhutto, Chandrahas Choudhury, Siddhartha Deb, Sadanand Dhume, Siddharth Dube, Christophe Jaffrelot, Mira Kamdar, Miranda Kennedy, Amitava Kumar, Basharat Peer, Samanth Subramanian and Salil Tripathi STAFF WRITERS Praveen Donthi, Atul Dev, Nikita Saxena, Sagar, Kaushal Shroff and Dearton Thomas Hector REPORTING FELLOW (NORTH INDIA) Tushar Dhara REPORTING FELLOW (GOVERNMENT) Nileena MS REPORTING FELLOW (SOUTH INDIA) Aathira Konikkara EDITORIAL FELLOWS Amrita Singh and Mehak Mahajan MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER Shaheen Ahmed FACT CHECKING FELLOWS Ahan Penkar and Armanur Rahman SOCIAL-MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND ENGAGEMENT FELLOW Arunima Kar SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER Anjaneya Sivan ASSISTANT PHOTO EDITOR Shahid Tantray GRAPHIC…

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eroding people power

Karam Sain led the way through the narrow paths of the temperate forest near the tribal village of Lippa, located in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The cool May air was filled with the scent of dried chilgoza pine cones, which crackled under his surefooted steps. Sain, whose fellow villagers save his name as CM—short for chief minister, reflecting his leadership role in the community—in their mobile phones, entered the small gompa—Buddhist religious structure—at Dakchompa. Located at an altitude of ten thousand feet, the site is said to house the spirit of the eighth-century Buddhist teacher Padmasambhava, who is revered by the Kanauras, the indigenous people of Kinnaur. The people of Lippa trek even higher up, to a holy lake called Ronnam Sorang, to celebrate the festival of Dakhrain. The…

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separate and unequal

Earlier this year, Muhammad Raees, a 57-year-old resident of Jamia Nagar, began looking for a new house for his family. In his years of living in Delhi, he had never found a house that suited his requirements, a secure locality being top of his list. In May, a fortnight before Eid-ul-Fitr, he found a lead. “Festivities before festivity for Muslims who wish to live in Noida,” an online advertisement read. It offered residential towers “exclusively for Muslims” at ₹ 4,200 per square foot. Jamia Nagar, the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood where Raees has lived for the past fifteen years, lacks several basic facilities, such as clean drinking water, schools, parks and dispensaries, like most other Muslim localities in India. Nevertheless, it provided Raees “a sense of security,” he told me. “The first…

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ring of fire

Under the dilapidated ceiling of the Taji Khan Hazara Sports Complex—its white paint now grey and peeling—72-year-old Habibullah Jaferi practised punches with a young student. A spot of sunlight lit the cold, concrete ground. The two danced around it. As his narrowed eyes followed her movements from behind a pair of thick-rimmed glasses, she positioned her gloves close to her face, swung a left, then a hurried right. He parried the blows, before shifting his focus to the next student. For six days a week, Habibullah holds free coaching classes at this club on Quetta’s Alamdar Road—one of four boxing clubs in the neighbourhood. A washed-out poster of the “father of boxing,” as he is known here, standing next to his star student, Syed Asif Shah Hazara, was plastered on the…

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opening the mic

As I walked past the barbershops and dimly lit bars on the right bank of the Seine, young men, mostly Malian and Ivorian, called out, offering manicures and haircuts. The east-central boroughs of the tenth and eighteenth arrondissements of Paris are a haven for African touts, Turkish cafes, Pakistani shops, migrant tenements, hipster joints and a few shady ones too. But when I reached the Comédia, a concert hall built in 1858, the crowd queuing on the pavement was posh, fashionable and as mixed race as it can get in Paris. The audience of over six hundred people was here to watch Fary Lopes, a 28-year-old comedian who is one of the biggest stars of the French stand-up scene. “We have a problem here in France,” Fary said during his act.…

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true media needs true allies.

I think that there will come a time when people will ask of the Indian media: What were you doing in those five years when a government came to power that spread hate and poison, that controlled the media, what were you doing then? And very few in the Indian media will be able to hold their heads up and say that we were calling the powerful to account. I think Caravan is one of the few magazines that will be able to hold its head up, if it stays afloat. And I hope it stays afloat, which is why I’m saying, please read Caravan. ARUNDHATI ROY, Author I love reading The Caravan, because the kind of reportage it does, is away from the din of fast news, of something which is…

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