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COVER STORY

21-03-2014

Reliance factor

Reliance

Briefing

AIADMK

Politics
Tamil Nadu

AIADMK: Lone ranger

Politics
A HUGE crowd had gathered under a harsh sun on the vast grounds at Peelamedu in Coimbatore for Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s election meeting on April ...
Interview: Prashant Bhushan

‘Enough evidence of undue favours’

Cover Story
Interview with Prashant Bhushan, AAP leader.
Cover Story

Reliance factor

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign against crony capitalism with focus on the Reliance group and its close relationship with the two main political parties, the Congress and the BJP, snowballs into an electoral debate.

Towards change

Books
The book will appeal to scholars working in the area of Islamic studies and to social scientists interested in Islam and South Asia.
United Kingdom

Return of the state

World Affairs
The traditional hands-off approach to the free market economy in Europe is giving way to state activism on a scale that would have been unimaginable a few years ago.
Temple elephants

Tortured lives of temple elephants

The Nation
Readers write

Letters to the Editor

Letters
The armed forces THE Cover Story was highly informative (“Unhappy soldiers”, Cover Story, March 7). For long, our bureaucrats have taken our armed ...
MDG

Missing targets

R. SURESH Data Card
Many of the targets of U.N. Millennium Development Goals may remain unachieved by India, if one goes by the latest progress report.
Interview: Prashant Bhushan

‘Enough evidence of undue favours’

Cover Story
Interview with Prashant Bhushan, AAP leader.
Temple elephants

The pain of being a temple elephant

The Nation
HE is partially blind, stands an imposing 10 feet and four inches (315 cm) tall, weighs 6.5 tonnes, and is at his majestic best when he walks, ...
Cover Story

Reliance factor

Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign against crony capitalism with focus on the Reliance group and its close relationship with the two main political parties, the Congress and the BJP, snowballs into an electoral debate.
Letter from Beirut

The Arab Gramsci

VIJAY PRASHAD World Affairs
The killing of Hassan Hamdan, better known as Mahdi Amel, a highly regarded Marxist theoretician who strove to produce Marxist concepts that would be faithful to Arab reality, is part of a continuing battle between religious fundamentalism and communist doctrine.
Venezuela

Another coup bid?

John Cherian World Affairs
The protests in the major cities of Venezuela remind one of the attempts to bring down left-wing governments in eastern Europe in the last decade.
Ukraine

Cold War II

World Affairs
The threat of civil war and disintegration looms large over Ukraine, caught between the European Union and Russia.
Controversy

Coming to terms with the past

The Nation
A recent report of the British Cabinet Secretary is at pains to establish that the Indian government’s handling of Operation Blue Star went against the advice given by a British military adviser.

Editor’s Note

Cover Story
This December, Frontline will complete 30 years of its existence. In these three decades it has created a space for itself with its kind of ...
Cinema

The ‘unknown’ factor

Arts & Culture
Internationally acclaimed film director and eminent Bengali poet Buddhadeb Dasgupta in an exclusive conversation with Frontline, talks of his film Anwar ka Ajab Kissa, recently premiered in the United Kingdom, and various other topics close to his heart.
Telangana

Birth of a State

M. Rajeev Politics
At the end of the decades-long struggle for Telangana, the Bill to create the 29th State of India awaits the President’s assent.
Death Penalty

Life after death

The Nation
The Supreme Court commutes the sentences of the three death-row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment. It now has to deal with the State government’s decision to remit their life sentences.

Editor’s Note

Cover Story
This December, Frontline will complete 30 years of its existence. In these three decades it has created a space for itself with its kind of ...
Interview: Gurudas Dasgupta

‘Only court-directed inquiry can be impartial’

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
Interview with Gurudas Dasgupta, CPI leader.
Reliance Response

Witch-hunt, says Reliance

RICHA MISHRA Cover Story
Reliance rebuts allegations made against it by the AAP and others.
Natural gas

The gas price fix

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
The FIR filed by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government against Union Ministers Murli Deora and M. Veerappa Moily, former Director General of Hydrocarbons V.K. Sibal and RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani alleges rigging of the price of gas to favour the corporate giant.
Media

Behind the scenes

The Reliance group’s ventures into the media could result in a total convergence model in which all the information services to one’s home, including Internet and television streaming, will be controlled by one business group.
Story of Reliance

Empire builder

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
To build his Rs.75,000-crore corporate empire, Dhirubhai Ambani curried favours with the powers that be and at the same time kept his investors happy. The Ambani family’s single-minded pursuit of assets has ensured that it always backs the potential winner.
Capital markets

Lock, stock, and Reliance

Controversies involving the Reliance group in the stock market have been many.
SEZs

Land conquests

With a compliant government in Gujarat, Reliance faced little hurdle in acquiring agricultural land for its Jamnagar SEZ, but its plan for a massive SEZ in Raigad, Maharashtra, was aborted by a farmers’ movement.
Policy matters

Crony capitalism and state capture

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
If business groups in post-Independence years drew their strength from their ability to circumvent state policy and the state’s failure to discipline them, big business’ rise in neoliberal times is marked by the nexus between the state and private capital.
Infrastructure

No-risk capitalism

Reliance has used laws and its influence on politicians to further its business interests.
Death Penalty

Life after death

The Nation
The Supreme Court commutes the sentences of the three death-row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment. It now has to deal with the State government’s decision to remit their life sentences.
Ukraine

Cold War II

World Affairs
The threat of civil war and disintegration looms large over Ukraine, caught between the European Union and Russia.