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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.

Water whirled
Photos by Salil Bera; Text by S. Neeraj Krishna
Her hand was trembling. I can still feel it in mine. I do not know her name, nor her age. There was no conversation. All I could do was hold the frail, old woman’s hand. She had just been pulled into the boat from muddy, neck-deep water. Water that was raging down the hills to merge with the Brahmaputra.No one spoke much on that boat, an olive green one the Air Force had given to the local...
Trial and the error
“... I would be the last man to offer defence. I had only one idea before me throughout the trial, i.e., to show complete indifference towards the trial in spite of the serious nature of the charges against us. I have always been of the opinion that all political workers should be indifferent and should never bother with the legal fight in the law courts…”From Bhagat...
AIIMS is sick
Bribes for treating patients, spurious drugs, financial irregularities, corrupt officials... the list of ailments plaguing India's premier medical institute is long
Maa, mati... money
Maa, mati, manush was Mamata's clarion call as she trounced the Left Front in West Bengal in 2011. Now she finds herself in a bind as former colleagues turn against her in the Saradha scam
By the Bhai
A murder made Dhananjay Desai and his Hindu Rashtra Sena national news. Here's looking at Desai's ways and wiles
Ghosts who sign
Corporate giants and local administration forge signatures of dead villagers to get sanction for power projects
Bruised, but not broken
The machete shattered her skull. Bone fragments flew into her brain, leaving her partially paralysed. And then, her mind fought back. The story of Jyothi Udaya, who was assaulted inside an ATM booth in Bengaluru
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
What in Goddess’s name!
Damned lives and statistics
Inside the Ulfa camp
Rhino poaching
Koodankulam: Dollarisation of dissent
freewheeling  |  Derek O'Brien
Knowing Kolkata, via satellite
Did the writer spend a significant time of his or her formative years in Kolkata?Was the writer educated in one of Kolkata’s best-known and elite institutions?Is the writer an exile from Kolkata and West Bengal, ...  »
grand slam  |  Sania Mirza
American dream come true
It is sheer love for the game that nurtures an upcoming tennis player.  As one begins to follow the sport with a growing passion, it is Grand Slam tournaments that capture your imagination and, soon, for a ...  »