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COVER STORY

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08-08-2014

Budget

Neoliberal twins

Briefing

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Data Card

Organic farming

Data Stories
The entry of big business defeats the organic farming movement’s raison d’etre—to counter the corporatisation of agricultural practices.
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EDUARD SHEVARDNADZE

Silver Fox of Georgia

Obituary
Eduard Shevardnadze (1928-2014) will be remembered for his role, along with Gorbachev, in the dismantling of the Soviet Union and the socialist bloc.
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WORLD CUP

One for the memories

Sports
It was all there: drama, glory and heartbreak, magical display of skills and biting brutality, the making of new heroes and the breaking of old reputa
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Essay

Roots of Indian secularism

India
The battle between Indian nationalism and Hindu nationalism must continue to be fought, and not by politicians alone. The roots of Indian secularism l
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Vision for Kashmir

Books
A solid indictment of India and Pakistan for following the policy of crisis management rather than opting for a difficult but morally right path of co
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Gender Justice

Undoing fatwas

Social Issues
The Supreme Court ruling that fatwas issued by sharia courts cannot be enforced is significant in furthering the movement for securing gender justice
Editorial

Happy days are not in sight

Lead Story
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The BJP

Saheb’s man

Politics
With the elevation of Amit Shah as the BJP’s president, Narendra Modi’s control over the party is complete.
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Cover Story

More of the same

Lead Story
By trimming government expenditure, raising resources through means that would aggravate cost-push inflation and relying on private investment to revi
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Policy

Specious macroeconomics

Lead Story
Three examples from the major policy pronouncements made by Arun Jaitley in his Budget prove the erroneous thinking behind the exercise.
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Social sector

Hollow promises

Lead Story
There is a decline in real terms in the budget allocations to crucial areas of the social sector.
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The Maldives

Long arm of the U.S.

World Affairs
U.S. Marshals openly violate Maldivian laws to “arrest” a Russian tourist in Male airport and fly him to Guam, where he is charged with hacking and cr
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United Kingdom

Home-grown jehadis

World Affairs
Brainwashed by Islamist propaganda in Internet chat rooms and secret conclaves, hordes of British Muslim youths are tripping on jehadi safaris, volunt
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Afghanistan

From crisis to crisis

World Affairs
An election process marked by malpractices by all parties and the possibility of the Taliban’s return to share power make the future of Afghanistan bl
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Railway Budget

On a different track

India
The Railway budget’s emphasis on wooing private capital threatens the Railway’s long-term financial health.
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Tamil Nadu

Shadow of fear

Social Issues
The pre-dawn arrest of Dalits from Naikkankottai village in Dharmapuri district brings back fearful memories to the Dalit colonies and deepens the cas
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West Asia

Terror from the skies

World Affairs
People in Gaza are gripped by fear, the streets are empty and the shops are closed as the Israeli offensive continues unabated.
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Events

Rallying for friendship

Other
The Kolkata-Kunming car rally, through India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China, highlights the need for proper connectivity that would facilitate cultura
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Intolerance

Academic turned away

India
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Green guide

Books
A lavishly illustrated field guide for avid tree spotters.
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Mallya, the man

Books
This account of Vijay Mallya’s life presents a layered portrait of the man, his oddities and eccentricities, and highlights the serious problems of In
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Zohra Sehgal

On the wings of a dream

Obituary
As a young girl in the conservative milieu of Lahore in the 1920s, Zohra Sehgal dreamt of becoming an actor. That dream not only came true but lasted
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Migrant workers

Of human bondage

India
An Amnesty International India report on Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia calls attention to their vulnerability to abuse and exploitative recru
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Cinema

Anatomy of romance

Arts & Culture
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Economic Survey

‘Free market’ manifesto

Lead Story
The Economic Survey, while containing rich empirical material, is limited hugely by its unswerving faith in the “optimality” of free markets.
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Conservation

Tiger at home

Wildlife
The Indian subcontinent can support around 3,700 tigers if there is a large track of quality habitat which has an abundance of prey and is free from p
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Physics

Drop impact

Science & Technology