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COVER STORY

03-10-2014

What is the BJP up to?

BJP's divisive politics

Briefing

Cover Story

In communal overdrive

After the resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the Sangh Parivar is gearing up for the next big game, to achieve total Hindutva dominance of the country’s political and social space. This is evident from the rising communal tensions across the country.
Cover Story

Divide and win

Cover Story
WESTERN UTTAR PRADESH Another laboratory Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta in Aligarh and Hathras FOR many political observers, western Uttar Pradesh ...

In a cleft stick

Cover Story
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs’ role and relevance remain ambiguous as it is part of a government with a majoritarian agenda.

Rise of the right-wing agenda

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Interview with independent film-maker Rakesh Sharma.
The States

Volatile boundary

The Nation
The recent clashes on the Assam-Nagaland border have reinforced the fact that the boundary dispute between two States has remained one of the most intractable conflicts of the north-eastern region.

A trailblazer

Books
WHILE it is true that Penguin Books brought out the first English translation of Angaaray this year, it does not mean that the collection of 10 short ...
Readers write

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Planning Commission THE new institution that is to replace the Planning Commission will only bring old levels of growth and development, and India ...

Fighting for policy space

Jayati Ghosh
EVERYONE recognises that erosion of the autonomy of national policymaking (or briefly put, some loss of “policy space”) has been among the important ...
Hobby

Focus on cameras

Arts & Culture
A recent exhibition in New Delhi of vintage cameras provided a window into the long history of the camera and photography.
Ukraine

Signs of peace

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Russia sees the Ukranian government’s ceasefire pact with the eastern rebels as a definitive step forward to peace, but the U.S. and Britain have accused Russia of undermining democracy in the east European country “at the barrel of the gun”.

Bears up close

G. Shaheed Wildlife
Poaching, illegal trade in bears for their body parts, and human-bear conflicts pose a great threat to the sloth bear species, which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.

Fear and justice

The Nation
THE earliest preventive laws in India included The Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, and The Bengal Goondas Act, 1926, which defined a goonda as a hooligan.
Controversy

Justice as Governor?

V. VENKATESAN The Nation
P. Sathasivam’s acceptance of the post of Governor of Kerala four months after he retired as Chief Justice of India is widely seen as inappropriate and as an act that could compromise the independence of the judiciary.
Essay

Playing to the gallery

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
India will not become a “great power” by courting the “great powers”. Its greatness will be recognised and lauded only if it succeeds in resolving its disputes with the neighbours and establishes an atmosphere of civility and relaxation.
Unmediated

Prefiguring journalistic truth-telling

Sashi Kumar
AN 85-year-old film made at the cusp of the transition from the silent to the sound era—itself technically soundless, but then what we see exudes the ...
Cover Story

In communal overdrive

After the resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections, the Sangh Parivar is gearing up for the next big game, to achieve total Hindutva dominance of the country’s political and social space. This is evident from the rising communal tensions across the country.
Cover Story

Divide and win

Cover Story
WESTERN UTTAR PRADESH Another laboratory Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta in Aligarh and Hathras FOR many political observers, western Uttar Pradesh ...
India & Japan

Business as usual

Brij Tankha World Affairs
Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, far from inaugurating a new era, stayed very much in the well-established framework, building on projects and policies in the pipeline and focussing on business.
Libya

Lawless in Libya

World Affairs
The entire country has become a battlefield and the West has washed its hands of the disaster that it contributed to create.
Simla Convention

British wiles in Tibet

ATUL BHARDWAJ World Affairs
The territorial concessions that the British won for India from Tibet in 1914 were received after the Chinese exited the conference at Shimla.

Saffron slant

Cover Story
Using education as a tool of indoctrination, the RSS and various organisations associated with it have begun a systematic campaign in BJP-ruled States and at the Centre to restructure school syllabi and rewrite textbooks, giving them a Hindutva focus.

Clashes and casualties

The Nation
THE exchange of fire between the Assam Police and the Nagaland Armed Police at Merapani in the border district of Golaghat in Assam for three days ...
Policy Issues

Mirage of inclusion

R. Ramakumar The Nation
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, the Narendra Modi government’s attempt at financial inclusion of the poor, is unlikely to prove effective because it is largely a continuation of the UPA government’s failed liberalisation policies and inherits their systemic infirmities.

The fight for equity

Environment
India must engage with as many countries as possible to evolve a common strategy for advancing the idea of equity, as a legally binding instrument is likely to be the outcome of COP-2015.
Legislation

Alarming act

The amendments the Tamil Nadu government has made to its law of preventive detention threaten fundamental rights and the principle of rehabilitative justice.
Simla Convention

British wiles in Tibet

ATUL BHARDWAJ World Affairs
The territorial concessions that the British won for India from Tibet in 1914 were received after the Chinese exited the conference at Shimla.
Fiji

Closer to democracy

SHUBHA SINGH World Affairs
There is hope as well as cynicism in Fiji as the multiracial nation goes to the polls to elect a new, more representative, 50-member National Assembly after experiencing several coups and spells of military rule.

Saffron slant

Cover Story
Using education as a tool of indoctrination, the RSS and various organisations associated with it have begun a systematic campaign in BJP-ruled States and at the Centre to restructure school syllabi and rewrite textbooks, giving them a Hindutva focus.
Conservation

Bear facts

G. Shaheed Wildlife
Poaching, illegal trade in bears for their body parts, and human-bear conflicts pose a great threat to the sloth bear species, which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent.