1. Is India a Flailing State? Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernisation: Lant Pritchett (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University) on what ails India and how it compares with China.
2. The Invention of Pakistan: How the British Raj Sundered: Karl E. Meyer provides a good account of the forces involved in the partition of the Indian subcontinent with new evidence on some contested issues like the Radcliffe line.
3. Political Parties as Victims of Populism and Electoral Compulsions: A Quest for Systemic Solutions: Vinay Sahasrabuddhe identifies the deficiencies of India’s political culture and charts a course forward.
4. Alice in Blunderland: Arun Shourie’s seminal interview to Shekhar Gupta on the state of affairs in the BJP.
5. Acid Dreams on Dharma Nights: A critical profile of Arun Shourie in Tehelka.
6. The Sarkari Musalman: Saba Naqvi highlights the vicissitudes of the secular experiment in India.
7. Capital Gains: An essay on Delhi by Rana Dasgupta in Granta Summer 2009.
8. Masters in Illiberal Arts: Shekhar Gupta laments the glaring intellectual deficit in the liberal arts and social sciences in India.
9. The Month We Lost Dara: Ashok Malik on the India that might have been.
10. Pakistan’s Westward Drift: Pervez Hoodbhoy on Pakistan exchanging her Subcontinental identity for an Arab one.
11. India’s Higher Education Reform: From Half-Baked Socialism to Half-Baked Capitalism: Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta highlight the crisis facing Indian higher education.
12. Quota Is Not The Way: Arun Shourie’s impassioned plea against Reservations.
13. At Home Nowhere: Swapan Dasgupta analyses the mood of India’s English-speaking elite after the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
14. Against Nuclear Apartheid: Jaswant Singh outlines the reasoning behind India’s decision to test Nuclear Weapons in 1998.
15. The Story of the Integration of the Indian States: Iconic Raj-era civil servant, Vappala Pangunni (V.P.) Menon catalogues the integration of 500+ princely states into the Indian Union and with it the effort to give political meaning to the geographic expression, ‘India’.