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COVER STORY

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30-05-2014

Election Special 3

Voting cover

Briefing

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Essay

Spheres of influence

World Affairs
The strong and consistent Anglo-American tradition of maintaining spheres of influence continued all through the last century and exists still. Yet, a
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Wildlife

Riddle of zebra stripes

Science & Technology
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Data Card

Trade in rupee

Data Stories
India weighs rupee trade options with a number of countries, including many non-oil producing ones, to reduce the drain of forex reserves.
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Paramilitary forces

A different battle

India
The paramilitary forces battle terrorists, insurgents and naxalites and even play a role in the smooth conduct of elections, but it is the fight for d
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Egypt

Noose around Egypt

World Affairs
It is back to the Mubarak era in Egypt as the country is headed for a one-party authoritarian rule after a brief but heady hiatus. Liberal parties tha
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Turkey

Crackdown at Taksim

World Affairs
Protests build up against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but he remains defiant, cracking down on the May Day rally in Istanbul and even indicat
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Cuba

U.S. dirty tricks

World Affairs
An investigation blows the lid off USAID’s covert Twitter-like platform aimed at destabilising the Cuban government.
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SIMI

Ban without basis

India
The continuation of the ban on SIMI raises questions about the functioning of the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and t
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Interview

‘Model code is like a fire brigade’

Lead Story
Interview with S.Y. Quraishi, former CEC.
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Social Issues

High tension in Hisar

Social Issues
The alleged abduction and rape of four Dalit girls by caste Hindus escalates tensions in Haryana’s Hisar district, which is already polarised on caste
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Interview: H.S. Brahma

Challenges, past and present

Lead Story
Interview with H.S. Brahma, Election Commissioner.
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More light on a hero

Books
The book serves a useful purpose in preserving the revolutionary legacy of Bhagat Singh.
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Model code of conduct

Code & conflicts

Lead Story
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Praveen Kumar, CEO, Tamil Nadu

‘We tried to stop money transactions.’

Lead Story
Interview with Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu.
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Caste-related massacre

Tsunduru’s agony

Social Issues
It took 16 years for the Special Court to convict the accused in the Tsunduru massacre of 1991 in Andhra Pradesh in which eight Dalits were killed. No
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Tamil Nadu

End of ‘bull run’

India
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Controversy

Breach of faith

India
The Supreme Court orders a special audit of the properties of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram after divesting the Travancore roy
West Bengal

Murder in jail

India
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Cover Story

Challenge to democracy

Lead Story
The Election Commission’s helplessness in the face of a campaign against it by the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, and blatant viola
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Terrorism

Clueless in Chennai

India
The police are still in the dark about the purpose of or the persons and organisations behind the twin bomb blasts that rocked Chennai Central railway
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States round-up

Violations galore

Lead Story
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Tamil Nadu

Height advantage

India
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Creative tales

Books
It is difficult to box Ashok Srinivasan’s stories into a particular genre, but whatever genre one settles on, there is no doubt that the stories are c
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Communalism

River of blood

India
The massacre in the villages of the Bodoland Territorial Area is seen by the minority community as yet another attempt by the Bodoland People’s Front
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Cultural encounters

Books
An important collaborative work that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and weaves together visual and textual histories to investigate the dynamics
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Stonewalled state

World Affairs
Israeli intransigence derails the U.S.-brokered peace agreement on a two-state solution, but the Palestinian Authority retaliates with deft political
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Corporate social responsibility

Evening the score

India
Interview with Pooran C. Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India, on corporate social responsibility.
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Maharashtra

Ban on mangoes

India
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Proportional representation

For fair representation

Lead Story
It is time India moved towards a system of at least partial proportional representation as the present first-past-the-post system often results in ske
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Covering elections

News space on sale

Lead Story
Political parties flush with funds provided by corporate houses are winning over journalists, and some news organisations are creating packages for el
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Myanmar

Hope and angst

World Affairs
Myanmar presents a mixed picture three years after the launch of reforms, and the next presidential election holds the key to which way the country wi
Interview

‘Enforcement is very poor’

Lead Story
Interview with Dushyant Dave.
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Conservation

Elusive hunter

Wildlife
The leopard is unique in that it can live in every kind of habitat, including human-dominated landscapes, sugarcane fields, rocky outskirts, evergreen
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Leiden plates

Mystery of a royal grant

Heritage
The Leiden plates provide a glimpse of the story of how a great Buddhist centre of learning and spirituality flourished in Nagapattinam thanks to the
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India in the changing world

Books
The book, comprising 17 articles, deals with India’s role in the changing global political and economic order and attempts to show how difficult, and