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COVER STORY

20-09-2013

Egypt

Egypt crisis

Briefing

Cover Story

Revolution or restoration?

Aijaz Ahmad Cover 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 systemic shifts that rearrange domestic class relations or international political alignments. Until the mass movement develops a clear agenda for social transformation and institutional mechanisms of mobilisation, it will always be hijacked by forces from the Right: the military or the Muslim Brotherhood.
Cover Story

Storm clouds

JOHN CHERIAN Cover 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 of bloodbath.
Cover Story

Uncertain in Egypt

Cover Story
AFTER stifling a revolt and stamping its authority, Egypt’s military-backed interim government is preparing for dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood.
New Delhi

Protests in Delhi University

The Nation
The four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) introduced by Delhi University in the current academic year received a big setback when more than 10,000 ...

North’s challenge

World Affairs
“POST-WAR” is one term you keep hearing all the time in Sri Lanka. The three-decade-long ethnic conflict, which tore the island nation apart before it ...
Consumer expenditure data

Rural-urban divide in spending patterns

Data Card
The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, released the key indicators of household consumer ...
Crimes against women

Mumbai’s shame

ANUPAMA KATAKAM 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 crime in the city.
Letter from Beirut

Ominous signs

Vijay Prashad 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 retaliatory air strikes in southern Lebanon.
Cover Story

Revolution or restoration?

Aijaz Ahmad Cover 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 systemic shifts that rearrange domestic class relations or international political alignments. Until the mass movement develops a clear agenda for social transformation and institutional mechanisms of mobilisation, it will always be hijacked by forces from the Right: the military or the Muslim Brotherhood.
Technology

Controlling sound waves

Science & Technology
IN some ways, granular materials, such as a pile of sand, can behave much like a crystal, with its close-packed grains mimicking the precise, orderly ...
Space

Water on moon

Science & Technology
SCIENTISTS have detected magmatic water—water that originates from deep within the moon’s interior—rather than the water- and hydroxyl-bearing igneous ...
Citizens' initiative

Green hope amidst ruins

The Nation
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 protection and restoration of heritage sites.
Controversy

Shady business

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI The Nation
Nothing wrong with Robert Vadra's land deal, says the government, which refuses to order a judicial inquiry. But the questions remain.
Sri Lanka

Politics of dispossession

Ahilan Kadirgamar 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 articulate the challenges they are facing.
Cover Story

Storm clouds

JOHN CHERIAN Cover 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 of bloodbath.
Space

Leak stops launch

The Nation
ON August 19, the launch of India’s GSLV-D5, the latest of the trouble-prone Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, suffered a snag in the most ...
Tamil Nadu

A sand scam

S. DORAIRAJ The Nation
Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength with the government transferring the Collector of Tuticorin district who ordered a crackdown on some mining units run by politically influential persons.
Public Administration

For crafting credible systems

Amarjeet Sinha 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 to make it more accountable to the people.
Biology

Long-term memory in the cortex

Science & Technology
“WHERE” and “how” memories are encoded in a nervous system is one of the most challenging questions in biological research. Mazahir T. Hasan (Max ...
Tamil Nadu

A sand scam

S. DORAIRAJ The Nation
Allegations of illegal beach sand mining in southern Tamil Nadu gain considerable strength with the government transferring the Collector of Tuticorin district who ordered a crackdown on some mining units run by politically influential persons.
West Bengal

Twist in Gorkhaland demand

The Nation
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) appears to be at a crossroads on the issue of a separate Gorkhaland, vacillating between softening its stand and ...
Legislation

Food for security

T. K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The Lok Sabha passes the National Food Security Bill after incorporating several amendments, but the timing of its introduction is seen as aimed at gaining “electoral security”.
Crime

Act of unreason

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The rationalist Narendra Dabholkar is killed in Pune and the Maharashtra government pays its tribute to him with an ordinance against black magic and superstitious practices.
Kerala

Troubled waters

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
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 be the solution.
Karnataka

Congress gains

The Nation
BYELECTIONS to a Lok Sabha that is nearing the end of its term is usually an insipid exercise. However, the August 21 byelections to the Bangalore ...
Travel

Glimpses of Kyoto

Heritage
THE room is achingly bare, except for the tatami mat on the floor. A large tatega window with frosted glass panes covers an entire wall, ...
Photography

Capturing the intangibles

Lyla Bavadam 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 mundane can be made memorable.
Syria

Sarin as part of a strategy?

JOHN CHERIAN 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 has crossed the “red line”.

Governing media

In the age of Internet media where technology makes censorship difficult, the latest editions of two books on laws governing the media make a persuasive case for self-regulation.

Realism on the U.N.

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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