Smita Nair


Up in the Air: How the 1991 reforms changed the way Indians travelled
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Liberalisation of the aviation sector transformed the way a whole generation travelled, even if it meant giving up watching the world go by on a bus or train.

Maharashtra: A closed dhaba, a body, and a pair of slippers as only clue — how cops cracked mystery using WhatsApp
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

A first in rural policing, different subdivisions get together to first establish identity of the deceased and then nab the five suspects

Life on Mumbai local: ‘Please write… I want women to stop taking phone calls standing by train doors’
Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Transgender Kajal sings Lata songs on women’s compartments in local trains, earning money — and love; she says she loves to see beautifully dressed women.

Rare pages of a city’s history, from a port’s perspective
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Port magazines from 30s and 40s offer rare glimpse of life in Mumbai and its once thriving port

Malegaon 2008 blasts case: On bike trail, NIA relied on parts, rejected parts of statements to ATS
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

On May 13 this year, when the NIA filed its supplementary chargesheet, it told the court that the ATS’s investigation regarding the owner was accurate.

2008 Malegaon blasts: How NIA concluded ‘ATS planted evidence’
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Subedar said he saw ATS officer ‘doing something’ in house of accused; he had told ATS his office had keys.

2008 Malegaon blasts case: When five witnesses became two and gave new versions
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

ATS relied on five witnesses to put Sadhvi Pragya at centre of conspiracy; one now dead, one missing and one retracts statements, NIA discards their original statements and re-examines the other two.

The real man behind Raman Raghav 2.0: Mumbai’s first big-ticket serial killer
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

With the rains, came the tide of bloody deaths. The streets of Bombay had never seen such fear. He was a messy killer, but he was still one step ahead of the police. But Raman Raghav finally made a false move — he stepped out carrying a wet umbrella.

Police Diary: 106 years after it was introduced, Annual Mumbai Police Notice finally goes digital
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The system of delivering paper reports was actually adopted from a procedure followed in London

The Homecoming
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

A long summer journey led to an ancestral house in Kerala, a patch of woods and the embrace of a grandmother.

Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury
Tue, May 24, 2016

Shirish Kunder has turned 43 today. He is one of the few people in the film industry to talk politics and take a stand, he says he has nothing to lose.

Discharged in 2006 Malegaon blasts case: ‘I am legally free today’
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Those discharged in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case

Mumbai: Here, there is time to stand and stare
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The community, the villagers proudly say, was always entrepreneurial. Its members were either skilled in carpentry or as goldsmiths. In the houses that Mhatre points out, there are signs of these skills collected over a period of time.

Mahul: A traditional pocket, hemmed in by industries
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Most residents of the village, which has a few hundred homes, share a common second name Mahulkar, meaning ‘of Mahul’.

Rewind: Cops, mangrove cell take ‘baby steps’ to fast-track response to beaching
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Last week, on the night of January 28, a photographer saw what he thought was a large visual disturbance on the horizon of Juhu beach, like “a huge block of thermocol”.

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan: A ground of appeal
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Mumbai’s Azad Maidan is a place where people from all walks of life come to protest with the belief that their voices will be heard. Here, life is a slow lesson in democracy and patience, and in forever lingering hope

They are not friends on Facebook
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

When two people met on a busy Mumbai sidewalk nine years ago, little did they know what crossing the road together would lead to.

The city of lights: Here, it will always be Bombay
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

She is 100 and still the queen. Step into Marine Drive’s past, where Nargis broke no-entry rules and women once cycled into the breeze.

Sheena Bora murder case: Probe report indicted former Raigad SP
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Sheena’s body was burnt on April 25, 2012 at a spot in Raigad district under the jurisdiction of Varsai police outpost.

Hope he will be brought here, he should face trial: D Sivanandan
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The retired IPS officer is perhaps best remembered for his tenure in Mumbai at a time when underworld activities and extortion-related shootings were rampant.

Time to dilute bylaws that give great powers to housing societies, says Maharashtra Police chief Sanjeev Dayal
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Outgoing Maharashtra DGP says there has to be a law that bans discrimination... police too must play a role in addressing issue.

7/11 Verdict: Father lives through granddaughters, says ‘my daughters are coming back’
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Ramesh lost both his daughters in the gap of 6 months, one to an accident and the other in train blast.

Malegaon blasts: ‘A story I never wrote’
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

The Malegaon blast 2006 chargesheet has Shabbir Masiullah as the man who stocked RDX and made bombs. While I wrote on all the accused, I could never write on Shabbir.

Hotel raids: When Mumbai Police decided to ‘police’ the bedrooms
Mon, Aug 10, 2015

In Sewree—and in some parts of Mazgaon, where 'old Bombay' still exists in its shipyard horizons, the migrant locals have scribbled on long walls, "Couples beware. Do not loiter here".

Sunday Story: The importance of being Rohini Salian
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

The special public prosecutor in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case who stunned all with her accusation that the NIA had asked her to “go soft” on the accused, tells Smita Nair why it was “time to expose”

Women too drink, drive, Mumbai cops realise
Fri, Jun 12, 2015

The move follows the death on Tuesday of two persons in a taxi that was hit by a vehicle driven by an allegedly inebriated woman lawyer, Janhavi Gadkar.

The Big Picture: His Name was Khan
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

The public lynching in Dimapur of a Muslim from Assam accused of rape has opened up the divide between Nagas and migrants in Nagaland. SMITA NAIR walks the fault-lines

In Nagaland lynch mob: airline staffer, ex-sepoy, auto driver and teachers
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Of the 43 men arrested for parading and lynching Syed Sharif Khan, 25 young men have now been identified as the “core mob”

Dimapur: How an ex-inmate led lynch mob to rape-accused in jail
Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The outnumbered jail staff tried to stop the mob at the main gate, but a few sneaked in through a small gap before the rest pushed their way in.

Girl No.166: Will this retired cop ever stop looking for Pooja?
Sun, Mar 08, 2015

In the police records, she is a seven-year-old, who went missing on January 22, 2013. She was last seen near her school at 8.15 am.

How to stop radicalisation? Maharashtra DGP says start with inclusive housing, madrasa reform
Mon, Jan 12, 2015

He said, that he recently presented the proposal to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

NRSC’s Bhuvan to go live soon
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

Project using remote sensing technology to map rural India and its assets is a crowd-sourced medium

NRSC’s Bhuvan to go live soon
Sun, Jan 04, 2015

Project using remote sensing technology to map rural India and its assets is a crowd-sourced medium

Stop telecast… if it continues, our operation won’t end: Callers to PCR
Thu, Dec 25, 2014

From a sobbing housewife to a Navy commander, callers repeatedly ask the PCR to order a media blackout.

B E L…Belvedere, get it right… Rang Bhavan, next to St Xavier’s College: Callers told clueless PCR on 26/11
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

An analysis shows that at least 22 calls to the PCR between 11 pm & 1 am were about the location of the terrorists.

Mumbai Police Control Room on 26/11 attack: Panicky, Confused, Rambling
Wed, Dec 24, 2014

A close analysis of these calls tells how police operators in charge of the control room betrayed panic.