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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.

Writing their own tickets
By Lalita Iyer Photos by Bhanu Prakash Chandra
Physical abuse and poverty force them to run away from home. But, destination unclear, most of these boys land up lost on railway platforms
Ramp rage
On February 14, a team from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished an illegal ramp in Bandra, Mumbai. But it was no routine demolition, and no ordinary ramp either. The 1.5m-high and 70m-long ramp was built by actor Shah Rukh Khan on the 'cement road' beside his sea-facing bungalow, Mannat, to park his vanity van. The local residents were not too impressed because the cement...
Raising a stink
Rivers are lifelines of habitations. As old as civilisations, they are close to the hearts of people. They have also been the subject matter of politics. In many cities across the country, politicians have won elections promising to cleanse and rejuvenate rivers. Indore is no exception.The twin Khan-Saraswati rivers of Indore have been at the centre of a controversy for nearly a decade. Three...
Looming threat
As the Toyota Innova neared Kadamguri village in Kokrajhar district, Assam, the driver Tapan Bodo became teary-eyed. With folded hands, he pleaded: “Saab, please allow me to leave you here. They will kill me if they see I am accompanying you. They [tribals] have bows and arrows and they think all Bodos are terrorists. They will kill me.”Leaving the car behind, chief photographer Salil...
Acid reflex
It burnt her face, but not her spirit. Resham Fatma, National Bravery Award winner, is confident about tomorrow
Inkblot on the face
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
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
Trial and the error
AIIMS is sick
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
India's bookie kings
The nasty and the northeast
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
Damned lives and statistics
What in Goddess’s name!
Inside the Ulfa camp
Rhino poaching
Koodankulam: Dollarisation of dissent
chef's choice  |  Hemant Oberoi
The Chindian and Pitalian way
Economic growth, GDP, FDI and share markets are the norms of the day and are significant factors which contribute to either making or breaking Asia. At the World Economic Forum in Davos you have everyone from heads ...  »
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 ...  »