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COVER STORY

26-12-2014

Hindutva agenda

The RSS' cultural onslaught

Briefing

The Hindutva project

Distorting history, manufacturing culture

Suhit K. Sen Cover Story
All nationalist histories construct and reconstruct the past and have a political dimension to them. The Hindutva project has an additional, fascist, dimension as it essentialises an exclusionary Hindu nation and disempowers those excluded.
Saffronising education

Twisted texts

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
A series of steps taken by the government in the name of reforms lay bare its motive to saffronise education and educational institutions at all costs.

Provocations in Tamil Nadu

Cover Story
FOR the Sangh Parivar, the Dravidian land of Tamil Nadu remains elusive. The Hindutva group is yet to penetrate into this southern State where social ...
Cover Story

Now, the real agenda

Having established itself in power at the Centre, the Sangh Parivar has earnestly started pushing its communal projects in various spheres of life in India.
Data Card

Towards nuclear self-reliance

T.S. SUBRAMANIAN Data Card
The 50th year of the Indian nuclear fuel reprocessing programme underlines India’s mastery in all aspects of the nuclear cycle.
Assembly Elections: Jammu and Kashmir

Voting with hope

Shujaat Bukhari The Nation
Despite the separatists’ call for a boycott, the people of Kashmir turn out in large numbers to vote. Have issues of governance taken priority over political aspirations?
Column

Caste spins and readings

Sashi Kumar
MANY years back, in college, there was this inspirational professor of English literature who believed in, and taught us, Shakespeare with such ...
The Hindutva project

Distorting history, manufacturing culture

Suhit K. Sen Cover Story
All nationalist histories construct and reconstruct the past and have a political dimension to them. The Hindutva project has an additional, fascist, dimension as it essentialises an exclusionary Hindu nation and disempowers those excluded.
Assembly Elections: Jharkhand

Mission impossible?

The BJP’s ambitious “Mission 45” plan in Jharkhand seems to have come unstuck over its inability to penetrate the tribal strongholds of the JMM.
Rani ki Vav

A queen’s tribute

Rani ki Vav, a spectacular 11th-century stepwell in Patan, Gujarat, is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Kerala

To the edge and back

R. Krishnakumar General Issues
Another outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, this time in Kerala, rattles public health authorities and duck farmers and freezes the poultry trade.
Essay

Muslims and police

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Commissions of inquiry have sometimes exposed shocking details of communal bias in the functioning of the institutions of law enforcement. Yet, little notice is taken of them.
Saffronising education

Twisted texts

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Cover Story
A series of steps taken by the government in the name of reforms lay bare its motive to saffronise education and educational institutions at all costs.
ASEAN & EAS

Eastward ho!

Rajiv Bhatia World Affairs
The planners of the Prime Minister’s journey to East Asia in November scored high in terms of making the optimal use of his presence in the region. The real challenge lies ahead in following up on the agreements signed and the commitments made.
Sri Lanka

Tough fight ahead

As Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks a record third term in office, the opposition, for once, is united and has the support of an influential leader of the Buddhist clergy too.
Institutions

Fence eating the crops

SAGNIK DUTTA The Nation
The CBI Director’s exit from the 2G spectrum allocation scam probe raises questions about the agency’s autonomy.

Provocations in Tamil Nadu

Cover Story
FOR the Sangh Parivar, the Dravidian land of Tamil Nadu remains elusive. The Hindutva group is yet to penetrate into this southern State where social ...

“It is a class attack”

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI Social Issues
Interview with Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Tripura.
Livelihood Issues

Scheming against the poor

Social Issues
The Left and other national parties protest against the NDA government’s attempts to dilute the MGNREGS by limiting its budget and reducing its reach.
Controversy

Godman in trouble

The Nation
The Haryana Police arrest the self-styled godman Rampal, who is an accused in a murder case, after a violent clash with his devotees in his ashram in Hisar district.
Moral policing

Space for love

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
In a counter to right-wing onslaught on the freedom of expression, youngsters retake public spaces through organised resistance.
Politics of meat-eating

Messing with food habits

The Sangh Parivar’s food prescriptions perpetuate an uncomplicated upper-caste notion of Hinduism and alienate Muslims, Christians, Dalits and other large sections of Hindus who have a tradition of non-vegetarian food being part of their diets.
Xenophobia

Targeting ‘the Other’

North-eastern India figures prominently in the Sangh Parivar’s new scheme of things. While poor Muslims there and in many other parts of the country are branded as Bangladeshi infiltrators, people from that region living in other parts of the country are subjected to various forms of moral policing.
West Bengal

On the back foot

Politics
Mamata Banerjee and her party seem to be hemmed in by problems of their own creation.
Assembly Elections: Jammu and Kashmir

Voting with hope

Shujaat Bukhari The Nation
Despite the separatists’ call for a boycott, the people of Kashmir turn out in large numbers to vote. Have issues of governance taken priority over political aspirations?
Assembly Elections: Jharkhand

Mission impossible?

The BJP’s ambitious “Mission 45” plan in Jharkhand seems to have come unstuck over its inability to penetrate the tribal strongholds of the JMM.
Kerala

To the edge and back

R. Krishnakumar General Issues
Another outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, this time in Kerala, rattles public health authorities and duck farmers and freezes the poultry trade.
Essay

Muslims and police

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
Commissions of inquiry have sometimes exposed shocking details of communal bias in the functioning of the institutions of law enforcement. Yet, little notice is taken of them.
PM's visit to Fiji

Pacific bridge

Shubha Singh World Affairs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short but action-packed visit to Fiji gives India an opportunity to extend its development partnership throughout the Pacific region.
ASEAN & EAS

Eastward ho!

Rajiv Bhatia World Affairs
The planners of the Prime Minister’s journey to East Asia in November scored high in terms of making the optimal use of his presence in the region. The real challenge lies ahead in following up on the agreements signed and the commitments made.
Sri Lanka

Tough fight ahead

As Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks a record third term in office, the opposition, for once, is united and has the support of an influential leader of the Buddhist clergy too.