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23-08-2013

Divide and rule

Divide and rule

Briefing

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Astronomy

Cosmic bursts of a distant past

Science & Technology
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A subaltern view

Books
The book’s real achievement is the way in which it has “problematised” the idea of communalism and wrenched it from its easy conceptualisations.
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Physics

A new way to trap light

Science & Technology
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Surveillance

Indian help

India
Network security agreements that Reliance Communications and VSNL signed with U.S. government departments oblige them to share data carried on their i

Next steps

Lead Story
The constitutional process in the formation of a new State.
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Obaid Siddiqi (1932-2013)

Man of science

Obituary
Obaid Siddiqi (1932-2013): Pioneering scientist, institution builder and teacher par excellence.
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Japan

Back to militarism?

World Affairs
A resurgent right-wing Prime Minister in Japan sees China as the main enemy and promises to rewrite his country’s Constitution to allow the deployment
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Islam in the south

Books
Two books that provide a corrective to the wrong notions that Islamic studies are a monopoly of the north and that Islam first came to the north and s
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Medicine

Early detection of AMD

Science & Technology
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Global warming

The heat trap

Data Stories
A World Bank report on climate change warns that a warmer world will trap millions in poverty.
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Tibet

Arms and the elephant

World Affairs
Archival material of the 1940s shows that the British supplied arms to Tibet and a movie projector to the Dalai Lama and even made vain attempts to se
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Division spurs growth?

Lead Story
The demand for separate statehood in various parts of the country forces us to examine the complex relationships intersecting the boundaries of identi
Professor Barun De (1932-2013)

Historian and administrator

Obituary
Professor Barun De (1932-2013) was a secular historian who ably led many national research institutions.
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Divide and rule

Lead Story
Telangana stands on the threshold of achieving its 60-year-old dream of statehood. But the outpouring of rage among people in the other regions of And
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Cuba

Red-letter day

World Affairs
Cuba commemorates the 60th anniversary of the “July 26 Movement”, which became a defining moment in the history of the country.
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Birth of a star

Birth of a monster star

Science & Technology
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Kerala

Losing sheen

Politics
With Lok Sabha elections a year away, the ruling coalition in Kerala stands thoroughly discredited by the solar scam and weakened by the deepening sch
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Communal tension

Tension in Tonk

India
The Ashok Gehlot government comes under fire for repeated police action against the minorities.
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Midday meal disaster

Tragic eye-opener

Social Issues
The midday meal poisoning in Bihar has prompted the government to initiate superficial measures, but important steps like appointing regular coordinat
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West Bengal

Trinamool’s triumph

Politics
The panchayat elections in West Bengal show that in spite of severe criticism from all quarters on various issues, the Trinamool Congress has not lost
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Interview: Amina Wadud

‘Wonder how India will move forward’

General Issues
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Spotlight

Fetters on freedom

General Issues
In acting at the behest of the police to cancel the lecture of Islamic scholar Amina Wadud, the University of Madras not only offends the scholar but
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Midday meal scheme

Schools for scandal

Social Issues
The midday meal scheme is a grand idea in a flawed school system.
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‘People in Seemandhra feel they have been cheated’

Lead Story
Interview with Botcha Satyanarayana, APCC president.
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Congress calculus

Lead Story
It is a desperate decision the Congress took to cut its perceived losses in the coming Lok Sabha elections in view of its waning influence in Andhra P
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‘It helped us understand where we stand today’

Politics
Interview with Surjya Kanta Mishra.
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Threat to federalism

Lead Story
Interview with Prakash Karat, CPI(M) general secretary.
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Terrorism

Challenging a verdict

India
Human rights activists feel that the conviction of Shahzad Ahmad in the 2008 Batla House encounter case is based completely on the debatable police ve
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Conservation

The ghost who stalks

Wildlife
Hiding amidst the shadows of jagged mountains and unforgiving crags is the snow leopard, a creature so mysterious that only a few would have had the l
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Tribute

Samar Mukherjee: Man of the masses

Obituary
Samar Mukherjee (1913-2013) was more than just a Communist leader. He was the symbol of a way of life that inspired others.
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Economy

Poverty play

Jayati Ghosh
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Unmediated

Leveson’s lessons

Sashi Kumar
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Himalayan panorama

Books
The book provides a wonderful perspective of the region’s geography, demography and culture.