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COVER STORY

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26-07-2013

Agriculture

Corporatisation of agriculture

Briefing

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Cover Story

Calling in the corporates

Lead Story
The government’s aggressive moves to open up the farm sector to corporate control under the PPP model are fraught with danger. They can lead to the w
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Sino-Indian rivalry

Strategic triangle

Books
On the United States and the strategic rivalry between India and China in the Indo-Pacific region.
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Legal Issues

‘Equality is the issue’

India
Interview with Anand Grover, senior advocate.
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Legal Issues

Friend of the court

India
The courts are obliged to do justice in individual cases and must deal with the inability of the accused to engage a lawyer when no lawyer is willing
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Tamil Nadu

Tragic end

India
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Food retailing

Towards corporatocracy

Lead Story
The inherent danger of corporatisation of the farm sector is price volatility and the alignment of domestic food prices with international food and oi
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Alterbodies exhibition

Body and beyond

Art
Sajitha Shankar’s “Alterbodies” transcends the sensual and the sexual to have near-metaphysical encounters with the self.
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Essay

Nehru & VOA

India
The murky episode of the botched Voice of America agreement reveals not only the nature of decision-making in a feudal set-up in a democratic governme
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An unequal system

Locked into business

Lead Story
Contracted farming essentially produces an unequal system where the risks are left with farmers while control over production and marketing is acquire
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Travel

Rigs in a rainforest

Environment
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Rani Bagh, Mumbai

Queen of gardens

Books
The book tells the story of a 150-year-old garden in land-starved Mumbai through a smorgasbord of essays and attractive photographs.
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Profile

Self-made man

Other
Justice P. Sathasivam, the 40th Chief Justice of India, is seen as an interactive and responsive judge.
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Controversy

Pride & prejudice

Literature
A Dalit writer’s book about his caste group in Tamil Nadu evokes as much sharp criticism as the State government’s ban on it.
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Syria

Upping the ante

World Affairs
The U.S. enters the Syrian quagmire by openly offering military support to rebel forces and keeping up the pressure on the Bashar al Assad government
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The United States

Snowden saga

World Affairs
As the United States revokes Edward Snowden’s passport and bullies other countries into refusing him asylum, to ordinary citizens around the world he
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Falling Rupee

Weak and vulnerable

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Forensics

Fluorescent fingerprint

Science & Technology
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Interview: Tanya Kerssen

‘They don’t farm anymore’

Lead Story
Interview with Tanya Kerssen, research coordinator of Food First, Oakland, California.
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Wi-Fi

Seeing through walls

Science & Technology
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Genetics

Making genetic sense of horses

Science & Technology
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Uttar Pradesh

Carrot capital

Lead Story
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Egypt

Chaos in Cairo

World Affairs
A year after Mohamed Morsy was elected President, protests seeking a premature end to his tenure rock Egypt. It is about rewriting the rules of the re
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Global Peace Index

Troubled world

Data Stories
The world has become less peaceful than in 2008, says the 2013 Global Peace Index.
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Uttarakhand

State of paralysis

India
Compounding the fury of nature in Uttarakhand was the total inability of the state machinery to comprehend or deal with the disaster. The State, locat
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Unregulated contract farming

Recipe for crisis

Lead Story
Unregulated contract farming, combined with the state actors’ tendency to renege on their responsibilities, can aggravate the agrarian crisis.
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Policies aid corporate farming

Lead Story
Maharashtra

A mixed bag

Lead Story
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Punjab

Green turns red

Lead Story
Andhra Pradesh

Seeds of wrath

Lead Story
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Public Health

Marketing nutrition

General Issues
The Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition sees a role for the private sector and complementary food in nutrition-specific interventions, but
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Karnataka

Tillers’ tale

Lead Story
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Gujarat

Crisp business

Lead Story
From the States

Growing concern

Lead Story
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Afghanistan

Talking to the Taliban

World Affairs
The Taliban masquerades as a government in waiting even as the U.S. is more than willing to enter into a negotiated settlement with the very force it
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History

Labour history of Madras

Books
Veeraraghavan paints a detailed portrait of the life of workers in colonial Madras in the inter-War years and places labour history in the broader con
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