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COVER STORY

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27-12-2013

Assembly Elections

Decisive defeat for the Congress in the Assembly elections to the four States

Briefing

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Controversy

Seeing beyond Sadir

Social Issues
An interpretation of the role played by the Dravidian movement in liberating devadasis from “sacred slavery” kicks up a controversy in Tamil Nadu.
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Nobel Prizes

Winners and losers

Science & Technology
By giving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to only Francois Englert and Peter W. Higgs, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences seems to be downplaying t
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Through my window

Bombay meri jaan

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Data Card

Look beyond Iran

Data Stories
With the geopolitical situation dictating the flow of crude oil, import-dependent India has to diversify its sourcing of crude.
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Western Ghats

Unsettling report

Environment
The Kasturirangan Committee’s recommendations on protecting the fragile ecology of the Western Ghats has led to protests by settler farmers in Kerala’
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Battlefields and history

Books
Farooq Bajwa scores in analysing Pakistan’s rationale for the 1965 war, providing a lucid account of its course, and in linking it to the diplomatic e
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Rajasthan

Spectacular victory

Lead Story
In Rajasthan, the BJP sweeps with a performance that goes far beyond even the party’s wildest imagination.
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Nelson Mandela

To beat the unbeatable foe

Obituary
To an entire generation of youth, Madiba represented the unquenchable human spirit for freedom and liberty.
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Nepal

Revolution in retreat

World Affairs
The promise of a New Nepal seems to be on the retreat, with the Maoists losing people’s goodwill and squandering an opportunity to create a more democ
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Tribute

Light of Africa

Obituary
The nine-decade-long walk, on which he had taken an entire country along with him to freedom, has come to an end. South Africa, and the world, will mi
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Bangladesh

Violent turn

World Affairs
A crisis looms over the country as the opposition resorts to widespread violence demanding that the elections, now scheduled for January 5, be postpon
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Travel

On the roof of the world

World Affairs
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Letter from Beirut

Bombs of Beirut

World Affairs
Fears that the recent spate of bombings will reopen carefully sutured wounds are overdrawn; the city cannot stomach another conflict.
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Chhattisgarh

Close finish

Lead Story
Another BJP victory, and a message for the Congress to take its local-level leaders seriously and not to take votersfor granted.
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Cinema pulse

Books
An interesting and thought-provoking book on seeing India through its cinema.
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Sexual Harassment: Universities

Under a cloud

Social Issues
Two cases in Delhi University colleges point to the gender insensitivity in handling sexual harassment cases and show that such crimes at the workplac
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Chess

New-age champion

India
Magnus Carlsen defeats Viswanathan Anand by winning three and drawing seven games to become the second youngest World Chess Champion after Garry Kaspa
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Sexual Harassment: The media

Felt need

Social Issues
The Tehelka debacle may yet serve a constructive purpose if it catalyses action within the media towards establishing in-house mechanisms as mandated
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Events

Growing concerns

Social Justice
The 10th national conference of AIDWA deliberates on important issues that confront Indian women today.
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Sexual Harassment

A law on test

Social Issues
The case against Tarun Tejpal will test the effectiveness of the amended law on rape and sexual assault.
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Delhi

Third force

Lead Story
This Assembly election will be a watershed in Indian politics because it was driven by issues. People voted across traditional caste and class lines f
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Sexual Harassment: The Judiciary

Above the law?

Social Issues
Several cases of sexual harassment involving judges and interns in the Supreme Court highlight the need for regulations that can address gender insens
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Sexual Harassment

Familiar skeletons

Social Issues
Sexual harassment at the workplace is a universal but unacknowledged phenomenon. The Tarun Tejpal case has brought out into the open a range of issues
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Defence

Less equal

Social Justice
The Central government has for decades denied defence personnel their due in pension and rank pay in spite of several court judgments directing it to
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Cover Story

Decisive defeat

Lead Story
The Congress is battered in the latest round of Assembly elections in the north. The results swing the BJP way and announce the arrival of the AAP in
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Madhya Pradesh

A rare hat-trick

Lead Story
A hat-trick for Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh opens up interesting possibilities in the run-up to the 2014 general elections, since he has f
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Iran

Landmark agreement

World Affairs
The interim nuclear deal between Iran and the West will partially lift the sanctions on Iran and go a long way in reducing tensions in West Asia.
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United Arab Emirates

Remarkable recovery

World Affairs
The UAE sees a turnaround in its fortunes, scripted largely by its economic powerhouse, Dubai, and its richest member-state, Abu Dhabi, but the proble