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COVER STORY

09-08-2013

Tariq Ali

The New World Disorder

Briefing

Politics

Dangerous brew

The sociopolitical concoction the BJP has brewed with fundamentalist extremism and corporate control of the political process will have a crippling effect on the country.
In conversation with Tariq Ali

The New World Disorder

Sashi Kumar Cover Story
Tariq Ali, in this exclusive interview, seamlessly switches from contemporary historian to scholar-at-large to polemicist to raconteur, as he tackles many of the impinging issues of our times.
Public Health

Private care?

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI The Nation
The National Advisory Council recommendations seem to be making a strong case for a major role for the private sector in the delivery of health care.
Governance

Ordinance route

The Nation
The ordinance-making power of the executive needs to be suitably restrained to create a balance of power between the executive and the legislature in India and to check the misuse of the same.

Letters

Letters
Agriculture CONGRATULATIONS on the Cover Story (“Business of agriculture”, July 26) on the dangerous grip of corporatocracy on Indian agriculture.
Nuclear Power

Ready to run

The Nation
With the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project reaching criticality on July 13, a project that was envisaged some 25 years ago draws close to fruition.
Bangladesh

Warning vote

HAROON HABIB in Dhaka World Affairs
The ruling Awami League would do well to analyse the drubbing it received in the recent corporation elections and take corrective steps if it wants to best the Islamists in the next general election.
Astronomy

Neptune’s new moon

Science & Technology
THE National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a new moon orbiting the distant blue-green planet ...
THE TELEGRAPH

End of a tradition

The Nation
AFTER a relationship spanning over one and a half centuries, on July 14, Kolkata bid an emotional adieu to a mode of communication it had long ...
NAL

Crash sled

Science & Technology
THE National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a subsidiary of India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has commissioned a crash sled that ...

A tale of two economies

A collection of essays that provides a comparative analysis of how the economies of India and China coped with serious challenges following liberalisation.
Biotechnology Bill

Missing the purpose

Science & Technology
Critics of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill say that instead of providing a framework for regulation it seems geared to promoting biotechnology.

‘The judgment will create awareness’

Sagnik Dutta The Nation
Interview with advocate Lily Thomas, the petitioner in the Supreme Court case on Representation of People’s Act.
Medicine

Cranial radiation therapy

Science & Technology
RADIATION therapy targeted at a person’s head, also known as prophylactic cranial irradiation, is routinely used to treat brain tumours. However, the ...
Sikkim

Sikkim: Biodiversity in peril

Environment
Plastics

Shape-memory plastics

Science & Technology
IN a breakthrough research, biomaterial scientists in Teltow, Germany, have developed plastics that can repeatedly change from one shape to another ...
Letter from America

Futility at Guantanamo

World Affairs
The shadowy status of the U.S.’ penal colony at Guantanamo Bay has the prisoners stuck in purgatory: unable to be tried for unknown crimes and unable to be released by a government paralysed by its own counterterrorism menagerie.
The Judiciary

Judicial overreach?

Three recent judgments by the Supreme Court and one interim order by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court have a direct impact on the functioning of Indian democracy.
Biotechnology Bill

Missing the purpose

Science & Technology
Critics of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill say that instead of providing a framework for regulation it seems geared to promoting biotechnology.

‘The judgment will create awareness’

Sagnik Dutta The Nation
Interview with advocate Lily Thomas, the petitioner in the Supreme Court case on Representation of People’s Act.
The Judiciary

Judicial overreach?

Three recent judgments by the Supreme Court and one interim order by the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court have a direct impact on the functioning of Indian democracy.
Jammu & Kashmir

‘A living hell’

SEEMA MUSTAFA The Nation
This is how a resident describes life in the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora where the alleged rape of some 50 women by Indian Army soldiers 22 years ago continues to haunt the people.

Nuclear vocabulary

The Nation
Nuclear fission: Nuclear fission is the splitting of atoms to produce energy in the form of heat. Uranium, a naturally occurring metal, is ...
Governance

Half-baked scheme

The Nation
The UPA government pushes ahead with the Food Security Ordinance, which is of questionable merit, despite opposition from political parties and social organisations.
Infrastructure

Partners for plunder

Sagnik Dutta The Nation
In another case of handing over national assets to private operators, the Central government invites joint-venture partners under the PPP model to manage the Kolkata, Chennai and a few other airports, built by the AAI at huge costs.
Politics

Memorial to Shivaji

The Nation
WITH an eye on the general election in 2014 the Maharashtra government has renewed its promise to build a memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji off Mumbai’s ...
U.N. report

Sanitation concerns

The Nation
A RECENTLY released United Nations’ report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has recognised the remarkable progress made by South Asian ...
Land row

Hope in Singur

The Nation
THE Supreme Court’s oral observation that Tata Motors must return to the original owners the land it acquired at Singur in West Bengal for its small ...
Livelihood

Okay to dance

The Nation
IN 2005, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R.R. Patil shut down the so-called dance bars at restaurants because they were “damaging ...
Safety concerns

Nothing left to chance

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
Nuclear reactors at Kudankulam will not harm marine life or displace any more people, say experts. The plant is also designed to withstand disasters, natural or otherwise.
Fishermen's fears

Shadow of fear

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
The agitating fishing community near the Kudankulam nuclear plant fears that the hot condenser water released into the sea will kill fish and other marine life.
Methane project

Stop, says CM

The Nation
THOUSANDS of farmers in the Cauvery delta heaved a sigh of relief as the Tamil Nadu government decided to put on hold the controversial coal bed ...
Interview: S.P. Udayakumar

‘There is no openness’

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN The Nation
Interview with S.P. Udayakumar, coordinator of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy.
Disinvestment

A twist in the sale

The Centre’s decision to sell 5 per cent of its stake in the NLC faces stiff opposition, but the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister steps in and saves the day for the employees and the State.
Turkey

On shaky ground

World Affairs
The tremors of the Arab Spring have had a negative effect on Turkey’s economy and the country’s relations with its neighbours.
Plastics

Shape-memory plastics

Science & Technology
IN a breakthrough research, biomaterial scientists in Teltow, Germany, have developed plastics that can repeatedly change from one shape to another ...
Space

In mission mode

T. S. Subramanian Science & Technology
ISRO has 12 missions lined up over the next eight months. K. Radhakrishnan, its Chairman, speaks on two major ones coming up: the GSLV launch with an indigenous cryogenic engine and the Mars Orbiter Mission.

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