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Revisiting Pulwama (March 12, 2021)

Pulwama: was there a conspiracy?


Diplomacy in militancy

The book, about the need for negotiations and talks, abounds with an astonishing number of case studies in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (1817-1898): A man with a mission

An immensely readable biography of the reformist Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and a corrective to existing studies of Muslim engagement with the colonial state and society in 19th-century India.
Editor's Note

The nation wants to know

R. Vijaya Sankar Cover Story
“Patriotism can’t be our final spiritual shelter. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over ...
Pulwama Revisited

Why were intelligence inputs ahead of Pulwama attack ignored?

Frontline is now in possession of official documents that underscore the point that the whereabouts of the Pulwama attack’s key conspirator, Mudasir Ahmed Khan, and his nefarious intent to launch a fidayeen strike were known to intelligence agencies.
Revisiting Pulwama

Frosty relations with Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack

John Cherian Cover Story
Post Pulwama, India-Pakistan ties took a nosedive with the Modi government claiming that its hard-line tactics made Pakistan bend to its will when the reality was that international diplomacy helped ease tensions.
Revisiting Pulwama

Jingoism as politics

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The ‘nationalist sentiment’ Modi evoked at every election rally post-Pulwama attack and his frequent exhortations around the Balakot air strikes and terrorism helped turn around the BJP’s waning fortunes in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Pulwama attack

Eleven intelligence inputs warning of Pulwama attack were ignored

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Frontline’s investigation reveals that 11 intelligence inputs warning of the Pulwama terrorist attack of February 14, 2019, were ignored. Who was responsible for the “oversight”, which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF personnel, the Balakot surgical strike, and ultimately the thumping electoral victory of the BJP?

Australia to make big tech pay for the news they link and direct users to

Australia’s proposal to make big tech firms such as Google and Facebook pay for the news they link to is being closely watched by many countries as a way to facilitate the digital transition that publishers without a clear revenue model have begun.
Farmers' agitation

Popular resentment against the BJP-led Centre rises as ongoing farmers' agitation spreads, shows effects in Punjab local body elections

The spread of the farmers’ agitation to many parts of northern India, the traction it gets from other sections of society and the decimation of the BJP and the Akali Dal in the Punjab local body elections, seen as a reflection of mounting popular resentment, have rattled the BJP and its government.
Revisiting Pulwama

New world order and Pulwama

The apparent failure to act on intelligence inputs ahead of the Pulwama attack is alarming enough, but it is downright frightening to analyse the chain effect and geopolitical ramifications of the preventable terror strike.

Trinamool stares at split in Muslim vote

New political equations emerge in West Bengal with the Left-Congress alliance in the process of sealing an understanding with the influential Islamist leader Abbas Siddiqui’s party.
Interview: Kanwar Grewal

Kanwar Grewal: ‘I feel very responsible for what is happening around me’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kanwar Grewal, singer.

Education in the time of pandemic

Online teaching cannot be a substitute for physical schools and the opportunities that schools offer for learning and building relationships.

Bhima Koregaon case: planted evidence?

Investigations by Arsenal Consulting, a global digital forensics consulting company, have revealed that evidence had been planted in the activist Rona Wilson’s computer, raising larger issues of unethical surveillance and motivated targeting of individuals.

Chamoli flash flood: A wake-up call

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Geologists and glaciologists see the recent landslide and flash flood in Uttarakhand as part of inevitable natural processes given the fragility of the Himalayan region, but affirm that close monitoring and study of such processes are crucial to preventing the recurrence of disasters that result in significant human cost.

‘Our scientists have not found any evidence of a glacial lake in the region so far’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kalachand Sain, Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.
Disha Ravi's Arrest

Disha Ravi’s arrest sparks off protests in Bengaluru

Friends, former classmates and members of civil society are speaking up and protesting against the Delhi Police’s arrest of Disha A. Ravi, a young and passionate environmentalist, in Bengaluru, both for the manner in which it was carried out and for the ostensible reasons for it.

Himalayan tragedy in Uttarakhand

The flash flood in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which left death and ruin in its wake, was a man-made calamity resulting from the government’s decision to allow destructive development activity in the fragile Himalayan region.
Interview: Sarwan Singh Pandher

Sarwan Singh Pandher: ‘The government has to first create an environment conducive to talks’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Interview with Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab.
Farmers' movement

Farmers' movement gathers steam in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Support from the khaps of western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and protests across the country have infused new energy into the farmers’ movement amidst the government’s devious attempts to stifle dissent.

Panchamsali and Kuruba caste groups demand increase in percentage of quota in Karnataka

Chief Minister Yediyurappa finds himself in a catch-22 situation as a Lingayat subsect wants to be reclassified within the OBC list, while the Kuruba want to be redesignated as a Scheduled Tribe, demands that are bound to stir up a hornet’s nest.
India & China

Signs of a thaw between India and China

John Cherian World Affairs
The agreement between India and China to withdraw their troops deployed in the Pangong Tso area is a positive sign of the two sides returning to the pre-April 2020 positions in eastern Ladakh.

Imaginary enemies

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
Contrary to the vilification of Islamic rulers of the medieval era by Hindutva warriors over an imagined past of forcible conversion, historical evidence suggests that political exigencies took precedence over the propagation of Islam.
Social Issues

Condition of Muslims in West Bengal: A reality check

Official data available in the public domain show that the claims made against Muslims in West Bengal in the election run-up are false.