back to top

11 Controversial Political Magazine Covers From India

From taking on political parties to outdated laws, these publications didn't shy away from making a statement.

Posted on

1. India Today — December, 2013

This cover featured celebrated author and gay rights activist Vikram Seth posing for a mugshot. It was an appeal against the controversial Section 377 of the IPC that criminalises gay sex.
India Today

This cover featured celebrated author and gay rights activist Vikram Seth posing for a mugshot. It was an appeal against the controversial Section 377 of the IPC that criminalises gay sex.

2. OPEN Magazine — February, 2013

Bringing up both the 2002 Gujarat riots and dynasty politics, this cover was subject to hate from across the political spectrum.
OPEN Magazine

Bringing up both the 2002 Gujarat riots and dynasty politics, this cover was subject to hate from across the political spectrum.

3. Outlook — December, 2011

At a time when the online content regulation debate was at its peak, this cover made a not-so-subtle Hitler jibe at the then Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
Outlook

At a time when the online content regulation debate was at its peak, this cover made a not-so-subtle Hitler jibe at the then Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.

4. OPEN — May, 2014

Using the title of a Nazi propaganda film to describe Narendra Modi's 2014 victory didn't sit well with a lot of people.
OPEN Magazine

Using the title of a Nazi propaganda film to describe Narendra Modi's 2014 victory didn't sit well with a lot of people.

5. Outlook — March, 2015

This cover made a bold proclamation against Times Now editor-in-chief and news anchor Arnab Goswami.
Outlook

This cover made a bold proclamation against Times Now editor-in-chief and news anchor Arnab Goswami.

6. Outlook — June, 2014

This Outlook Magazine cover wasn't particularly kind to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after a spate of controversies from the state.
Outlook

This Outlook Magazine cover wasn't particularly kind to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after a spate of controversies from the state.

7. Himalaya Dhwani — January, 2015

A mouthpiece of Hindutva group Durga Vahini, this magazine cover photoshopped Kareena Kapoor in a niqab. The issue centered around the "Love Jihad" campaign and chose the Hindu actress as its face because of her marriage to Muslim Saif Ali Khan.
Himalaya Dhwani

A mouthpiece of Hindutva group Durga Vahini, this magazine cover photoshopped Kareena Kapoor in a niqab. The issue centered around the "Love Jihad" campaign and chose the Hindu actress as its face because of her marriage to Muslim Saif Ali Khan.

8. Femina — July, 2014

Both celebrated and debated, this cover featured Huma Qureshi and a mannequin with the "perfect" figure. It sparked numerous conversations about society's standards for beauty and body image issues.
Femina

Both celebrated and debated, this cover featured Huma Qureshi and a mannequin with the "perfect" figure. It sparked numerous conversations about society's standards for beauty and body image issues.

9. Outlook — July, 2012

A few weeks after TIME Magazine released a cover story dubbing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "The Underachiever", Outlook Magazine retaliated with a feature of their own.
Outlook

A few weeks after TIME Magazine released a cover story dubbing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "The Underachiever", Outlook Magazine retaliated with a feature of their own.

10. OPEN — November, 2012

This cover wasn't particularly kind to either of its stars and picked on members of both parties.
OPEN Magazine

This cover wasn't particularly kind to either of its stars and picked on members of both parties.

11. OPEN — April, 2015

Another Hitler reference, this OPEN cover highlighted Arvind Kejriwal's rise to the position of Delhi's chief minister.
OPEN Magazine.

Another Hitler reference, this OPEN cover highlighted Arvind Kejriwal's rise to the position of Delhi's chief minister.