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COVER STORY

04-04-2014

Development

Modi

Briefing

'Gujarat model'

Fiction and facts

CAG reports and data on economic and social development from various sources make it evident that the much-touted “Gujarat model” of development is non-inclusive, socially divisive and highly ineffective in key areas.
Cover Story

Development myths

The BJP and the Congress unleash their campaign blitzkriegs highlighting the “Gujarat model” of development and “Bharat Nirman” respectively, triggering a debate on what constitutes development.
The Bihar experience

New grammar of governance

Dr Shaibal Gupta Cover Story
During Nitish Kumar’s tenure, Bihar has recorded substantial gains in education, health and other social indicators. Now that his “coalition of extremes” has collapsed, it is to be seen whether his “counter-coalition” of non-powerful social categories will work.
Policies

Little to choose between

Cover Story
India’s adoption of a neoliberal trajectory has done grave damage to its democracy; now elections offer a choice among parties but not much in terms of alternative policies.
Sahmat exhibition

Violence and resistance

Forms of Activism, an exhibition held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SAHMAT, is a testimony to the state violence and erasure experienced by ‘marginal’ groups in the country and the varied forms of protest and struggle that have emerged as a response.
Technology

Inter-arm blood pressure & cardiovascular events

Science & Technology
BLOOD pressure is a widely used medical metric, but most measurements are taken using only one arm. Measuring inter-arm blood pressure involves taking ...
Controversy

Penguin & the Parivar

Social Issues
It is truly amazing that the attack on Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History succeeded as it did because the sections of the law invoked in the complaints against the book do not at all apply to the facts of the case.

A manifesto for women

Jayati Ghosh
ELECTIONS in India always raise the decibel volume of public discussion, and this time is no different. This general election is being described by ...
Medicine

Chinese vaccine for enterovirus 71

Science & Technology
ENTEROVIRUS 71 (EV71) is the causative agent of a variety of diseases ranging from hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) to severe neurological ...
Astronomy

Rare form of nitrogen

Science & Technology
USING the Subaru Telescope’s High Dispersion Spectrograph, a team of astronomers from Kyoto Sangyo University detected two forms of nitrogen, 14NH 2 ...

Other Milestones

Social Issues
1. Delhi High Court ordered the removal of 75 objectionable portions from the history books for classes 6-12 published by the NCERT [National Council ...
Sahmat exhibition

Forms of Activism

Forms of Activism, an exhibition held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of SAHMAT, is a testimony to the state violence and erasure experienced by ‘marginal’ groups in the country and the varied forms of protest and struggle that have emerged as a response.
Technology

Inkjet droplets

Science & Technology
ARJAN VAN DER BOS and associates from the University of Twente in The Netherlands have developed a new laser-based technique that can capture ...
Ukraine

Crimean check

World Affairs
The Russian-speaking people of Crimea want a referendum held on the question of rejoining the Russian Federation.
Syria

Rebels in retreat

John Cherian World Affairs
Friction between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has adversely affected the rebel forces, which are increasingly turning against one another.
India & Pakistan

Bonds of culture

World Affairs
It is hard to resist the feeling that the officialdom in India and Pakistan is set on controlling cultural exchange. All the more reason for the people of the two countries to stretch their hands across the barriers.
Egypt

Cairo’s quest

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
The divides in Egypt run deep. A difficult politics underlies its society but people want to remain optimistic.

Beyond borders

World Affairs
THE Tehzeeb Foundation was set up by a dedicated couple, the Awans; Malahat is its president and her husband, Sharif, Commissioner Inland Revenue, is ...
Venezuela

Chavez lives on

John Cherian World Affairs
Chavistas commemorate Hugo Chavez on his first death anniversary and vow to stand by President Nicolas Maduro’s government which opposition groups are working hard to topple.
Voice training

Voice engineer

Ananth Vaidyanathan, voice trainer for contestants in television shows, believes that a strong, musical voice is everyone’s birthright and as such has embarked on a mission to free singers from vocal imperfections.
Development and neoliberalism

Marketing politicians

Prabhat Patnaik Cover Story
The current development discourse projecting Modi as the development man has lost sight of the importance of making people agents of change and has got trapped in a paradigm pushed by the corporate-financial elite, which is conducive to the growth of fascism.

Cement for grain?

The Gujarat government is planning a 920 sq km Special Investment Region in Dholera. But farmers in the fertile area are not willing to give up their land.
Economic Offences

Cracking the whip

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
The Supreme Court’s direction to the Sahara group to refund Rs.24,000 crore to investors and the decisive action to send its chairman Subrata Roy and two other directors to judicial custody send out a strong message against financial crimes.
Opinion Polls

Having their say

Rajeeva Karandikar The Nation
Their methods may be controversial, but public opinion surveys do offer a scientific basis for measuring public opinion.
Capital Punishment

Mercy and the machinery of death

ANUP SURENDRANATH The Nation
The Supreme Court judgments in the Shatrughan Chauhan and Murugan cases are a significant victory for a fair administration of the death penalty.
Egypt

Cairo’s quest

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
The divides in Egypt run deep. A difficult politics underlies its society but people want to remain optimistic.

Beyond borders

World Affairs
THE Tehzeeb Foundation was set up by a dedicated couple, the Awans; Malahat is its president and her husband, Sharif, Commissioner Inland Revenue, is ...
Venezuela

Chavez lives on

John Cherian World Affairs
Chavistas commemorate Hugo Chavez on his first death anniversary and vow to stand by President Nicolas Maduro’s government which opposition groups are working hard to topple.
Ukraine

Crossing the line

Moscow sees the West’s meddling in Ukraine as an encroachment on Russia itself.
Opinion Polls

Having their say

Rajeeva Karandikar The Nation
Their methods may be controversial, but public opinion surveys do offer a scientific basis for measuring public opinion.
General Election: Haryana

Honour at stake

Politics
Dissidence in the party and increasing disaffection with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s “development model” make a repeat of the 2009 victory difficult for the Congress in Haryana.
General Election

A political watershed

Politics
The elections to the 16th Lok Sabha are being held at a time when Indian democracy is at a crossroads, and some palpable trends hint at a complete rout of the Congress.
Politics

Stooping for the spoils

That certain communities are able to get their way even if it means stepping down the social ladder is indicative of their clout in political, economic and social terms. The Union Cabinet’s decision to grant OBC status to Jats is a case in point.