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Courage, says the dictionary, makes one confront extreme danger and difficulty without retreating. That requires a certain amount of foolhardiness. At THE WEEK, we believe that there is a method in the madness called courage. It is what made us go after India's own secret torture chambers, when the whole world was discussing Guantanamo Bay, and the hideous torture methods employed by the Americans in the prison they had built on Cuban soil. Our police and security forces were no better, as we realised while chasing the story.

THE WEEK's cover on the secret prisons evoked nationwide umbrage, became a topic of discussion in Parliament and resulted in a departmental investigation. We won international recognition for the project when it was selected to the final of the Daniel Pearl award, the Oscar of investigative journalism, along with our own cover story on the secret rendition programme of Indian intelligence agencies.
We are willing to travel that hazardous mile and bring out the truth because we value your right to accurate information. We would also like to hear what you have to say about such stories and invite you to share your experience with us.  

Celebrate the Courage to Go Beyond with THE WEEK.

Harvest of misery
By Soni Mishra
Off the Yamuna Expressway is the village of Gonga Nagla in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. The gleaming, high-speed road, which has halved the travelling time from Delhi to Agra, is symbolic of a growing and ambitious India. Gonga Nagla, however, seems to be caught in a time warp, as cars and SUVs from another India whizz past on the expressway. In this village, like in most other villages in...
Farmers need integrated advice
2014-15 has seen unfavourable weather for farmers in several parts of north India. December 2014 was warm and, as a consequence, the growth of the wheat crop was accelerated. In many early sown wheat fields, panicles emerged ahead of time. From the first week of March, severe rain damaged several fruits and vegetables. The crop loss has been severe and farmers are in distress. Debts are mounting...
Snatch and grab
It was unprecedented. A crowd of around 2,000 from the village of Karhati in Pune district gathered together on January 4, 2015, and blocked the main road from Morgaon to Baramati, the pocket-borough of the Pawar family. Every single household in the village took part in the agitation. The villagers were shouting slogans against Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and his nephew Ajit,...
Failure in conception
April 1, 2015. 12:12am. India’s population: 1,27,89,53,812.Every second, one baby adds to the digit. Around 21 million babies are born every month in India, which is almost equal to the population of Australia. At this rate, India will be the most populous country by 2030, despite the fact that India launched its family planning programme in 1952.It should, however, come as no...
A bad roll model
She is unwell and famished. Her tender, little fingers are tired. Her eyes communicate nothing but pain. But the 12-year-old, underweight Nafisa Khatun of Sahajadpur village near Kolkata cannot stop her work—rolling bidis.She has been working for the past eight hours. Three more hours to go for her 'shift' to end. Even as I click her photographs, she keeps rolling bidis like a...
Flavour of success
Sriram Gaikwad had never thought for a moment that he would change the destiny of his village, Borgaon. Located in Surgana taluk in Nashik district of Maharashtra, Borgaon and its neighbouring villages had only subsistence farmers who grew rice and coarse cereals like ragi and bajra for subsistence if they had a good monsoon.Gaikwad, 34, lived in Ghodambe, a tribal hamlet of Borgaon, and was...
So, what is it? A wedding hall or an ecotourism centre? The jury is still out on that. The hall in question is one built in Seoni Malwa by Sartaj Singh, the local MLA and public works department minister of Madhya Pradesh.The 75-year-old Singh has quite an interesting political history. He is the only Sikh in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet. Like many others in Indian politics, he, too, is a...
Don to dusk
Writing their own tickets
Ramp rage
Raising a stink
Looming threat
Acid reflex
Inkblot on the face
Sold down the river
Survival distinct
No technology can match human warmth
Boots on the ground are needed
The Bucca-neers
Coasting along
Business ace, gangsta ways
Heartbreak corner
Water whirled
AIIMS is sick
Trial and the error
Maa, mati... money
Veerappan: Dead for a decade, he still rules
By the Bhai
Ghosts who sign
Bruised, but not broken
Home Alone
The muck stops here?
Linkin' bark
Cobra loses bite
Doctor Fix-it
Dawn of new dons
Royal mess
'Lab'orious process
'Volt'e face
Into thin air
Death of liberty
Harbingers of death
Dhule’s highwayman
Discourses in the desert
Stories of fortitude
Peace and its price
Survivors struggle
No country for men
Babies for sale
Living in hell
Disaster waiting to happen in Maharashtra
The nasty and the northeast
India's bookie kings
Dry rot
Ticking minefield
An informer's confession
External affair
Goan mining scam
Bodo riots: Victims speak
Dams and damning facts
Medical rip-off
No rain nor shine
Gift warped!
It’s show time
What in Goddess’s name!
Damned lives and statistics
Inside the Ulfa camp
Rhino poaching
Koodankulam: Dollarisation of dissent
chef's choice  |  Hemant Oberoi
Lure of the greens
Forty per cent of the population in India is vegetarian. Is it by choice, religion or compulsion? It would take days and weeks to debate it. All Gujarati Hindus and Brahmins are expected not to eat meat or poultry, ...  »
freewheeling  |  Derek O'Brien
Bullying the houses
After President Pranab Mukherjee, it is now Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who has cautioned against the repeated and knee-jerk use of ordinances. Speaking at a conference in Lucknow, she said, “Ordinances ...  »