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Enriching study

Books
Historical perspectives on the aesthetic expressions and visual culture of the Jainas.
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Maha Kumbh

The mother of all melas

Arts & Culture
The Kumbh Mela at Prayag, hosting the largest gathering of human beings on the planet, is as fabulous a spectacle as can be.
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The Maldives

In a mess in Male

World Affairs
India is caught unawares as former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed takes refuge in the Indian High Commission in Male.
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Devaluation and growth

Books
An in-depth examination of the effect of devaluation of currency on exports, trade and economic growth.
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Immersed in faith

Arts & Culture
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UID project

Dispelling the haze

India
That the lawmakers of the country have found themselves in a haze of incomprehension about the UID project, which is being promoted as a “game changer
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Songs from the underworld

K.Satchidanandan
Namdeo Dhasal, whose poetry is open to the beauty as well as the brutality of life, is a pioneer not only of Dalit poetry but also of contemporary Ind
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Cross media currents

Sashi Kumar
What emerges from TRAI’s “Consultation Paper on Issues relating to Media Ownership” is that the media need to be mapped so that there is a clear pictu
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‘Fiscal discipline will keep us going’

Lead Story
Interview with Vijaya Kanth, Financial Commissioner, Indian Railways.
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Astrophysics

Looking beyond Chandrasekhar

Science & Technology
A new finding provides the theoretical basis for the existence of progenitor white dwarfs that can breach the Chandrasekhar limit.

Earth’s new radiation belt

Science & Technology
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Mixed bag

Lead Story
Pawan Kumar Bansal’s Railway Budget hopes to make long-term gains through short-term pains. But to meet the Railways’ growth projections, the economy
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Labour Issues

Strike option

India
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Season of discontent

World Affairs
Two years after the “Arab Spring” revolutions, political turmoil and uncertainty prevail in Tunisia and Libya.
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Tripura elections

Invincible Left

Politics
The CPI(M)-led Left Front wins power in Tripura for the fifth consecutive time by an overwhelming majority.
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Black hole spins super fast

Science & Technology
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Women’s Budget?

Lead Story
Many of the policies implicit or explicit in this fiscal statement have implications that are unfavourable to most women.
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IIPM controversy

Cyber crackdown

India
The blocking of a large number of URLs containing allegedly defamatory content against the IIPM raises concerns about the frequent use of interim inju
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Bangladesh

Surge of hope

World Affairs
A mass uprising in Dhaka sees the young generation swearing by a democratic society where religion is a private pursuit.
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Cauvery waters dispute

Sigh of relief

General Issues
The 30-year-long dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of the Cauvery waters comes to a formal closure with the Centre gazetting
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Bad economics, worse politics

Lead Story
The UPA government's last full Budget before the next general election reflects its unthinking adherence to a kind of ideology that makes no economic
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Wages of neoliberalism

Lead Story
The Economic Survey’s response to the problems of the Indian economy is “structural reforms”, which translate into reducing the fiscal deficit by sh
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Migrant labour

The other half

Social Issues
A new study focusses on the explosive growth of domestic migrant labour in Kerala and says the situation is bound to throw up serious social problems
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Ecuador

Correa’s hat-trick

World Affairs
Rafael Correa gets a sweeping mandate for a third consecutive term in the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ecuador.
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Defence scam

Flying into fog

India
The probe into the AgustaWestland helicopter scam by a Joint Parliamentary Committee seems all set to follow the path of the other defence deal probes
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Pakistan

Fear of genocide

World Affairs
The murderous campaign against Shias gains momentum, with outlawed Sunni outfits demanding that they be declared non-Muslims.
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Essay

Crisis of the Indian Bar

Other
The defence lawyer is as integral to the judicial process as the judge and the prosecuting lawyer; to prevent legal representation for a person accus

Wrestling for life

Data Stories
A look at how wrestling has fared in the Olympics in the light of the IOC’s decision to drop the sport from the Games from 2020.

Letters

Letters