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COVER STORY

31-05-2013

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Manmohan Singh

Briefing

Face-saving report

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
The JPC report on the 2G scam selectively uses information to arrive at conclusions in favour of the UPA government, indict the CAG for its "presumptive loss" estimates due to spectrum allocation, and blame the NDA for causing a loss to the exchequer.

In black and white

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
A recent Cobrapost expose reveals the involvement of banks and insurance companies in a nationwide money-laundering racket, and the failure of the regulators to prevent it.

Small players, big games

Cover Story
WHILE the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have been scoring brownie points against each other on issues that affect the common man, the ...

Pits of sleaze

Systematic diversion of community resources to the private sector in the name of growing energy demands has been the trend since the advent of neoliberal policies, but the allocation of coal blocks by the UPA-II government was done in total violation of norms.
Tamil Nadu

Sivakasi’s shame

The Nation
“Unprecedented tragedy has struck us today Can we see a new dawn and a better tomorrow? We, who bring delight to the world every year, Reel under ...
Mohd Afzal Guru

A life rendered 'extinct'

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
The right to counsel begins from the moment of arrest. From the time Afzal Guru was arrested in 2001 to the filing of a charge sheet in court, he had no lawyer—a fact that goes against the Supreme Court’s own observation on the need for defence counsel.
Unmediated

True archivist of cinema

Sashi Kumar
AN eight, nine, ten-year-old boy is already falling in love, with cinema. His father frowns on the baneful influence of the silver screen and so he ...

Letters

Letters
Narendra Modi THE projection of Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister is a media-driven exercise fuelled in ample measure by the ...

Face-saving report

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
The JPC report on the 2G scam selectively uses information to arrive at conclusions in favour of the UPA government, indict the CAG for its "presumptive loss" estimates due to spectrum allocation, and blame the NDA for causing a loss to the exchequer.
If the world were 100 people

World as 100

R. SURESH Data Card
This edition of Data Card is inspired by the "If the world were 100 people" concept that the website www.100people.org came up with when the world population reached the seven-billion mark. It is expected to cross nine billion by 2045. Can the planet take the strain?

Privatising the ICDS?

Jayati Ghosh
ENSURING safe and healthy conditions for the reproduction of the population is obviously the most fundamental requirement of any society. So the ...

Despite Modi

Politics
THE definition of magic is said to be the ability to hide one’s talent. Narendra Modi, widely regarded as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s magician in ...
Nature

Birds of Galapagos

Wildlife

For radical freedom

Books
The book, comprising 12 speeches Angela Davis delivered between 1994 and 2009, brings out her philosophy of freedom and justice.

In black and white

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
A recent Cobrapost expose reveals the involvement of banks and insurance companies in a nationwide money-laundering racket, and the failure of the regulators to prevent it.
Chit fund scam

Deposit and despair

The financial fraud involving the Saradha Group, in which lakhs of rural people lost their hard-earned money, puts Mamata Banerjee’s government in West Bengal in a tight spot.
India & Pakistan

Death and honour

The honours showered on Sarabjit Singh following his murder in a Pakistani prison raise the question whether all this was the Indian state’s reward for a spy/terrorist for a job well done.
West Bengal

Death on a wire

The Nation
DEATH came to Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, while he was doing what made him a hero in Siliguri, his hometown in North Bengal. Roy finds a place in the ...
Manual scavenging

Death in the gutter

R. ILANGOVAN Social Issues
The death of two workers in a sewage tank in Chennai revives the call for the eradication of manual scavenging.

‘A dangerous strategy’

Social Issues
PATTALI Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder Dr S. Ramadoss is trying to shore up the party’s sliding fortunes by forming a caste-based federation against ...

Shackles on CBI

V. VENKATESAN Cover Story
The investigating agency is in the dock for compromising its independence from the political executive while investigating the coal scam.

Bribe and blood ties

The UPA government, which has become a byword for nepotistic and corrupt governance, is rocked by one more case involving a nephew pulling the strings for his uncle.

Age of graft

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
Corruption tends to be greater in periods when there is a state-engineered redistribution of wealth in favour of a few at the explicit or implicit expense of the many. Liberalisation is one such period.

Drowning in scams

The UPA-II government has set a record of sorts in corruption scams and administrative malfeasance, but its leadership remains apparently unmoved.
India & Pakistan

Death and honour

The honours showered on Sarabjit Singh following his murder in a Pakistani prison raise the question whether all this was the Indian state’s reward for a spy/terrorist for a job well done.
West Bengal

Death on a wire

The Nation
DEATH came to Sailendra Nath Roy, 48, while he was doing what made him a hero in Siliguri, his hometown in North Bengal. Roy finds a place in the ...
Manual scavenging

Death in the gutter

R. ILANGOVAN Social Issues
The death of two workers in a sewage tank in Chennai revives the call for the eradication of manual scavenging.
Tamil Nadu

Stoking caste flames

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN Social Issues
Hostilities between Dalits and Vanniyars erupt again in Tamil Nadu after the Pattali Makkal Katchi’s attack on a Dalit village.
Karnataka chooses

Southern shock

Politics
The shoddy performance of the BJP during its five-year rule ensures a stunning victory for the Congress in Karnataka.
Natural Resources

Price on water

The UDF government in Kerala proposes yet again to allow private companies to exploit public water resources for private profit.
Jammu & Kashmir

Power point

SHUJAAT BUKHARI The Nation
The State points to the Indus Water Treaty for its severe power deficit and demands compensation from the Centre.

Defensive mode

The Nation
As in previous crisis situations, in the case of the Saradha scam, too, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lapsed into her all-too-familiar defensive ...
Delhi

Bill for hawkers

The Nation
ON May 1 the Union Cabinet approved the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill. The revamped Bill, the result ...

‘A vote against the BJP’

Politics
Pitch-forked by the Bharatiya Janata Party into heading its government in the last few months of its five-year term, 57-year-old Jagadish Shettar was ...
Karnataka chooses

Southern shock

Politics
The shoddy performance of the BJP during its five-year rule ensures a stunning victory for the Congress in Karnataka.
Bangladesh

Collapse of safety

World Affairs
A building collapses, killing 500 people and leaving several maimed for life and, in the process, bringing to the world’s notice the horrible working conditions in the country’s garment industry.
Fiji

Coup of sorts

SHUBHA SINGH World Affairs
The Bainimarama regime rejects the draft constitution and orders deregistration of political parties, much against its stated stance of restoring democracy.

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