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Consumer expenditure data

Rural-urban divide in spending patterns

Data Stories
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Crimes against women

Mumbai’s shame

Social Issues
The gang rape of a young journalist damages Mumbai’s reputation for safety. Data from the National Crime Records Bureau show a noticeable rise in crim
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Letter from Beirut

Ominous signs

World Affairs
Beneath the apparent calm, anticipation of violence structures daily existence in Beirut as car bombs go off in the city and Israel launches retaliato
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Cover Story

Revolution or restoration?

Lead Story
For all their spectacular and performative grandeur, the uprisings of 2011 and 2013 are not revolutionary because they have not paved the way for syst
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Technology

Controlling sound waves

Science & Technology
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Space

Water on moon

Science & Technology
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Citizens' initiative

Green hope amidst ruins

India
The turnout at the Tree Fest organised by Green Walk at the foothills of Samanarmalai could indicate the start of a strong people’s movement for the
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Controversy

Shady business

India
Nothing wrong with Robert Vadra's land deal, says the government, which refuses to order a judicial inquiry. But the questions remain.
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Sri Lanka

Politics of dispossession

World Affairs
Caught between a repressive state and a bankrupt Tamil nationalist politics, the people of the Northern Province are using the provincial elections to
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Cover Story

Storm clouds

Lead Story
The United States’ West Asia policy is likely to ensure that the Arab Spring, which had engendered great hopes in the Arab street, will end in an orgy
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Tamil Nadu

A sand scam

India
Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength with the government transferring the Collector of Tuticorin
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Public Administration

For crafting credible systems

General Issues
For inclusive growth, India needs public systems that can deliver in education and health care. These can be built by restructuring our civil service
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Biology

Long-term memory in the cortex

Science & Technology
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Of survival and betrayal

Books
Ciro Bustos’ memoir stands firmly located within the genre of the literature of resistance, giving voice to the voiceless and the wretched of the eart
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Hindutva campaign

Back to Ayodhya

Politics
The VHP’s Ayodhya Parikrama leaves the temple town and its twin city cold, but the Sangh Parivar presses ahead in the hope of electoral benefits elsew
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Response

Letters
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Syria

Sarin as part of a strategy?

World Affairs
Syria allows U.N. arms inspectors to the sites of “sarin” attacks confident that they will unmask the falsehoods, but the West insists that Damascus
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Rumi’s Dilli

Books
The Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi is both an insider and an outsider as he explores the trail of Sufism to the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya in
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Culture

Remains of Yesterday

Arts & Culture
When The Beatles wanted time out from a tumultous and highly successful 1967, they spent three months in Chaurasi Kutia, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashra
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Preoccupations

A case for import controls

Jayati Ghosh
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Photography

Capturing the intangibles

Arts & Culture
Photographer Sooni Taraporevala’s exhibition “Parsis”, opening at New Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art on September 16, is a reminder that the m
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Kerala

Troubled waters

India
Twenty-five years of monsoon trawl ban has not helped nurse Kerala’s coastal fishery back to good health. A combination of regulatory measures could b
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Cover Story

Uncertain in Egypt

Lead Story
Physics

New element

Science & Technology
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Travel

Glimpses of Kyoto

Heritage
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Interview

‘The craft will die if khadi yarn is not used’

Heritage
Interview with Ruby Palchoudhuri, honorary general secretary, Crafts Council of West Bengal.
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Tradition

The glory of jamdani

Heritage
The Crafts Council of West Bengal is making huge efforts to revive the traditional craft of making jamdani saris with hand-spun yarn.
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The dream of global hegemony

Books
Two books, written from opposite viewpoints, help one better understand the forces at play today in America’s dealings on the global stage.
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Karnataka

Congress gains

India
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Governing media

Books
In the age of Internet media where technology makes censorship difficult, the latest editions of two books on laws governing the media make a persuasi
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Realism on the U.N.

Books
The author traces the death of many an illusion about the U.N. in a study that is one of the best on the fractured organisation.
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Legislation

Food for security

India
The Lok Sabha passes the National Food Security Bill after incorporating several amendments, but the timing of its introduction is seen as aimed at ga
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Crime

Act of unreason

India
The rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is killed in Pune and the Maharashtra government pays its tribute to him with an ordinance against black magic and
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Governance

Performance deficit

Politics
The Independence Day addresses to the nation of the President and the Prime Minister reflect the Congress’ failure as a ruling party to keep the promi