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COVER STORY

30-05-2014

Election Special 3

Voting cover

Briefing

Cover Story

Challenge to democracy

V. VENKATESAN Cover 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 violations of the model code by others during the general election have brought to the fore questions about its ability to ensure a level playing field in the world’s largest democracy.
States round-up

Violations galore

Cover Story
UTTAR PRADESH Code no bar UTTAR PRADESH has been the epicentre of violations of election rules and norms in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Each of ...
Model code of conduct

Code & conflicts

Cover Story
THE United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s move to appoint a judge to head a commission of inquiry to look into allegations of snooping on a ...
Interview

‘Model code is like a fire brigade’

Interview with S.Y. Quraishi, former CEC.
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, all hell broke loose when Russia claimed its own sphere of influence in areas adjoining its own territory.

‘Policeman of the New World’

World Affairs
MARK the initial pronouncement of the Monroe Doctrine and its later amplifications. 1. On December 2, 1823, President James Monroe summarised in his ...
Wildlife

Riddle of zebra stripes

Science & Technology
WHY zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists for centuries. A research team lead by the University of ...

Blaming the ‘other’

Jayati Ghosh
THERE is a widespread perception that Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, is essentially a divisive figure, ...
Covering elections

News space on sale

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Political parties flush with funds provided by corporate houses are winning over journalists, and some news organisations are creating packages for election coverage, making the phenomenon of ‘paid news’ all pervasive.
Corporate social responsibility

Evening the score

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
Interview with Pooran C. Pandey, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India, on corporate social responsibility.
Proportional representation

For fair representation

Venkatesh Athreya Cover 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 skewed results, with the seat share of parties being totally disproportionate to their vote shares.

Elusive hunter

Wildlife
“Now you are a beauty,” said the Ethiopean. “You can lie on the ground and look like a heap of pebbles. You can lie out on the naked rocks and look ...
Cuba

U.S. dirty tricks

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

A different battle

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 dignity and recognition that has left them depressed and demoralised.
Maharashtra

Ban on mangoes

The Nation
EVERY summer, the fruit market section of Mumbai’s famous Crawford Market becomes a hub for mangoes. Piles of mangoes are found at every wholesaler’s ...
Interview

‘Model code is like a fire brigade’

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

High tension in Hisar

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 lines.
Praveen Kumar, CEO, Tamil Nadu

‘We tried to stop money transactions.’

Cover Story
Interview with Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu.
Interview

‘Enforcement is very poor’

Cover Story
Interview with Dushyant Dave.
Interview

‘Enforcement is very poor’

Cover Story
Interview with Dushyant Dave.
Interview: H.S. Brahma

Challenges, past and present

Cover Story
Interview with H.S. Brahma, Election Commissioner.
Cover Story

Challenge to democracy

V. VENKATESAN Cover 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 violations of the model code by others during the general election have brought to the fore questions about its ability to ensure a level playing field in the world’s largest democracy.
States round-up

Violations galore

Cover Story
UTTAR PRADESH Code no bar UTTAR PRADESH has been the epicentre of violations of election rules and norms in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Each of ...
Model code of conduct

Code & conflicts

Cover Story
THE United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s move to appoint a judge to head a commission of inquiry to look into allegations of snooping on a ...
Controversy

Breach of faith

The Nation
The Supreme Court orders a special audit of the properties of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram after divesting the Travancore royal family of its role in administering it.
Caste-related massacre

Tsunduru’s agony

K. VENKATESHWARLU 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. Now, seven years later, the High Court has acquitted all the accused.
SIMI

Ban without basis

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
The continuation of the ban on SIMI raises questions about the functioning of the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the nature of the evidence brought before it to justify the extension of the ban.
Communalism

River of blood

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 to create terror among non-Bodos in its pursuit of the demand for a separate State.
Terrorism

Clueless in Chennai

T. S. Subramanian The Nation
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 station on May 1.
Tamil Nadu

Height advantage

The Nation
ON May 7, a five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court permitted the Tamil Nadu government to raise the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam ...
Tamil Nadu

End of ‘bull run’

The Nation
DESCRIBING it as inhuman, the Supreme Court, on May 7, banned “jallikattu”, (bull taming), an ancient sport of Tamil Nadu, and also the bullock cart ...
West Bengal

Murder in jail

The Nation
HARPREET SINGH, alias Happy Singh, a close aide of the notorious underworld don Aftab Ansari, was murdered by another inmate of Presidency Jail in ...
Egypt

Noose around Egypt

John Cherian 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 that helped in the ouster of the elected Morsi government find themselves in the wilderness.
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 will turn.

Stonewalled state

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Israeli intransigence derails the U.S.-brokered peace agreement on a two-state solution, but the Palestinian Authority retaliates with deft political and diplomatic moves.
Interview: H.S. Brahma

Challenges, past and present

Cover Story
Interview with H.S. Brahma, Election Commissioner.
Cover Story

Challenge to democracy

V. VENKATESAN Cover 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 violations of the model code by others during the general election have brought to the fore questions about its ability to ensure a level playing field in the world’s largest democracy.
States round-up

Violations galore

Cover Story
UTTAR PRADESH Code no bar UTTAR PRADESH has been the epicentre of violations of election rules and norms in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Each of ...
Model code of conduct

Code & conflicts

Cover Story
THE United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s move to appoint a judge to head a commission of inquiry to look into allegations of snooping on a ...