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22-01-2016

Juvenile

Juvenile justice system

Briefing

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'Unpaid' labour

In the master’s service

Social Issues
Bitti Chakri, a retrograde practice of engaging Dalits for the household work of landlords for a pittance, continues in the rural areas of north-weste
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SPOTLIGHT

Games people play

India
The vested interests of politicians and businessmen make sports governing bodies breeding grounds of corruption and nepotism.
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Essay

Constitution and secularism

India
The 42nd Amendment made formal the Constitution’s basic commitment to the idea of a secular state—quite contrary to the BJP position that the amendmen
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Labour Issues

Laws for automatons

India
Trade unions react strongly to the fresh set of amendments the government has introduced in the Factories Act without discussions with them.
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Architecture

The idea of the Taj

Heritage
The Taj Mahal, considered the greatest achievement in the world of Indo-Islamic architecture, was originally conceived as “a masterpiece for ages to c
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Civil Services

Primacy at stake

India
The IAS lobby is upset about the Seventh Central Pay Commission recommendation for parity in pay and promotion for all all-India services.
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Juvenile homes

Just hellholes

Lead Story
Juvenile justice homes in Delhi are overcrowded and understaffed. Homes for children are plentiful in Maharashtra but the facilities are misused and d
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Cover Story

Of juveniles and justice

Lead Story
The passage of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)Bill, 2015, in Parliament exposes the vulnerability of the system in the wake of
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Interview: Dr Shekhar P. Seshadri and Dr Preeti Jacob

‘The child should be given a chance to reform’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Shekhar P. Seshadri and Dr Preeti Jacob of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NIMHANS, Bengaluru.
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NCRB data

Data in doubt

Lead Story
The NCRB data used to justify the new law bringing down the age of responsibility for criminal action are open to interpretation.
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Juvenile Justice Amendment Act

Regressive step

Lead Story
The Ministry of Women and Child Development’s justification of the new amendment on the grounds that reformation homes are not leading to reformation
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B.D. Sharma

Activist officer

Obituary
Brahm Dev Sharma (1929-2015), a lifelong champion of tribal rights, will be missed most keenly by the Gonds of Bastar.
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Interview: Swagata Raha

‘Replicating a failed Western model’

Lead Story
Interview with Swagata Raha, Senior Legal Researcher (Consultant) at the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School of India University, Bengal
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Shahabuddin Ahmed

Painting for peace

Art
The Bangladeshi painter Shahabuddin Ahmed amazes one and all with his creativity and inspires with his rebellious free spirit.
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Interview: Ved Kumari

‘Government giving in to reactionary ideas’

Lead Story
Interview with Ved Kumari, Professor of Law, University of Delhi, and Chairperson of the Delhi Judicial Academy.
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Diplomacy

Showmanship, no breakthrough

India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise stopover at Lahore is of a piece with his government’s blow-hot-blow-cold approach to Pakistan.
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Tourism

The Odisha experience

Travel
A visit to Konark, Puri and Bhubaneswar in winter can be enriching in terms of experiencing their tradition and culture, be it in the performing arts,
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SCO

Road to multipolarity

World Affairs
The Zhengzhou conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation adds more muscle to the grouping by incorporating India and Pakistan as its full mem
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Books

A life in theatre

Books
A useful work on Badal Sircar, the theatre stalwart whose plays initially took up the concerns of the middle-class youth of Kolkata but later articula
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West Asia

Growing hatred

World Affairs
In Jerusalem, the bitterness between the settlers and Palestinians shows signs of worsening as both sides increasingly use guns and knives to settle s
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Syria

A chance for peace

World Affairs
The UNSC resolution on Syria takes into account the ground realities in the region, but Western leaders persist with their contradictory statements.
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Books

Importance of Myanmar

Books
A significant contribution to India’s knowledge of the East, which is essential for a successful “Look East” policy.
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Superconductivity

The new wave

Science & Technology
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Controversy

Politics of a case

India
The Congress has apparently won the first round in the National Herald case with Sonia and Rahul securing bail and the party recording some electoral
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People

Tale of hope & despair

India
A street hawker’s indomitable spirit informs his struggle to keep alive his daughters’ dreams of sporting glory.
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Space

A pathfinder

Science & Technology

Photon in a fibre

Science & Technology
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Samson Moyo

Intellectual giant

Obituary
Samson Moyo (1954-2015) was tireless and unwavering in his quest for a humane and just social order with agrarian reform and social security at its co
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Legislation

Teeth for an Act

India
The long-pending amendments to the S.C. and S.T. (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which expand the range of offences committed against them, is finally
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Physics

Breaking bonds to evaporate

Science & Technology
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Water Resources

Lessons from Colorado

India
A plan for sustainable management strategies drawing from experiences in the Colorado River Basin in western U.S.
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Legislation

Excluded by law

India
The Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act setting educational and other eligibility criteria for candidates can have disastrous social consequences.
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Hydrology

Wetlands in peril

Environment