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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.

Inkblot on the face
By Rabi Banerjee
THE WEEK ExclusiveIn an acting career that spanned five decades, Aparna Sen had never been dictated. Not even once did she have to approach a director or producer for a role, nor was she ever forced to do a role she did not like. She was a student when Satyajit Ray offered her first movie, Teen Kanya. She had always commanded respect and maintained a dignified conduct. That was until February...
Sold down the river
The Sabarmati riverfront project set out to reconnect Ahmedabad to its river. And it seems to have done a commendable job. The promenade, which stretches 10.4km along the city, was inaugurated three years ago and has become the pride of the state. For a moment, it seemed the Sabarmati was the cleanest river in the country.However, about 3km downstream, there is a stark change in its colour,...
Survival distinct
Ebola survivors battle discrimination and disgrace even as they try to halt the spread of the disease that threatened their lives
No technology can match human warmth
When Ebola epidemic hit West Africa in 1991 for the first time, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), was out there helping with the 500 cases reported. When the 2014 West African epidemic of Ebola began in Guinea with a two-year-old boy reported to be the first case, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) was among the first agencies to respond to the outbreak of the disease and offer technical support and...
Boots on the ground are needed
Alexis Moens is logistics coordinator Médecins Sans Frontières and has been providing logistical and Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) support for MSF since 1995. Originally from Belgium, Alexis has been in India for the past two and half years and has been in charge of the logistics chain at MSF’s drug resistant-Tuberculosis clinic in Mumbai as well as its other programmes in...
The Bucca-neers
A senior commander of the Islamic State shares exclusive details of how the terror group was born inside Camp Bucca, an Iraqi prison—right under the noses of their American jailers
Coasting along
Ten years after the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, coastal Tamil Nadu has undergone a sea change. Infrastructure and livelihoods have improved, and communities have been empowered. The wounds inflicted by the disaster, however, have not yet healed
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
Frying the pan
They say pen is mightier than the sword, and, in most cases, it sure is true. Food critics across the globe have become extremely influential and have the capability to make or break the future of a restaurant. ...  »
freewheeling  |  Derek O'Brien
House games
While in school, my sport of choice was football. I was a goalkeeper of some reckoning in local and club-level tournaments. The only reason I made it to the school cricket team (as wicket keeper) was that my friend ...  »