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COVER STORY

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05-02-2016

PSE

Special Issue on the divestment of PSE shares

Briefing

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A.B. Bardhan

Of a dwindling breed

Obituary
Veteran CPI leader and trade union icon A.B. Bardhan’s (1925-2016) life and career were marked by an intense commitment to the poor and the marginalis
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The dam debate

Books
The anti-Tehri dam movement and other voices from the Himalaya.
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Energy/ Oil Sector

Crude treatment

Lead Story
Liberalisation of the oil sector has enabled private interests to reap huge profits from India’s reserves while top upstream companies like ONGC have
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Undermining public sector

Lead Story
Economic liberalisation has steadily corroded the public sector, allowing private players to acquire valuable assets at low prices and demand extraord
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Spotlight

Notes from the street

India
Balaknama, a tabloid run by street children in New Delhi, tells stories of their world in their words, empowering and transforming the lives of thousa
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Interview: Tapan Sen, CITU

‘Disinvestment is a corrupt process’

Lead Story
Interview with Tapan Sen, general secretary, CITU.
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Interview: G. Sanjeeva Reddy, INTUC

‘Condition of labour is deteriorating’

Lead Story
Interview with G. Sanjeeva Reddy, president, Indian National Trade Union Congress.
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Interview: Virjesh Upadhyaya, BMS

BMS wants directional change

Lead Story
Interview with Virjesh Upadhyaya, general secretary, BMS.
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Terrorism

Desperate act

India
The terror attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force base fails to deter India and Pakistan from continuing the dialogue process in right earnest.
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Controversy

Bull and politics

India
The Supreme Court stay on the Central government’s hasty notification allowing jallikattu, the bull-taming sport in Tamil Nadu, evokes emotional respo
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Sri Lanka

So far, so good

World Affairs
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Saudi Arabia

Acts of aggression

World Affairs
Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric causes serious tensions in its relations with Iran and accentuates the sectarian divide in West A
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Media

Neither free nor basic

India
Facebook’s latest offering flies in the face of Net neutrality and is merely another ploy to control information access to millions of Indians.
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Malaria

Drug resistance of malarial parasite

Science & Technology
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Medical research

Yoga and risk of glaucoma

Science & Technology
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Libya

Descent into chaos

World Affairs
Militias have had a free run of the country and the entry of the I.S. has only led to a worsening of the violence, arson and mayhem that have been the
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War on critical thinking

Books
A compelling book on the crisis of modern American life in the context of normalisation of mass surveillance and remaining in a state of relentless wa
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North Korea

Bombs as answer

World Affairs
North Korea’s latest claim of having tested a hydrogen bomb is partly a result of the politics of intimidation practised by the U.S. and South Korea.
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Facts of a carnage

Books
An important addition to the documentation of the 2002 Gujarat pogrom, the book deserves a wide readership.
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West Bengal

Cautiously forward

India
The CPI(M) and the Congress in West Bengal are keen on an electoral understanding to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the Assembly elections, but not
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Models of field studies

Books
The volume deals with a relatively neglected aspect of the implementation of social legislation enacted by the Centre but turned to political advantag
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Jammu & Kashmir

Relevance of U.N. resolutions

India
Though most of the U.N. resolutions on Kashmir have been overtaken by recent events, two that define the contours of the conflict are still relevant:
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Conservation

The importance of protected areas

Environment
In the whole debate in India on climate change, the role of protected areas, the only natural tool to mitigate its effects and help us adapt to it, ha
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PSUs

Endangered sector

Data Stories
Public sector undertakings play a significant financial and social role in the country's economy and the government has a duty to protect them instead
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Financial Institutions/ Banking

On the private route

Lead Story
The Modi regime is trying every trick in the book to weaken banks and pave the way for their privatisation, but the unions are putting up a determined
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Telecom

At receiving end

Lead Story
BSNL has suffered from government decisions that prevented it from buying crucial equipment, which in turn affected its quality of service and caused
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Energy/ Coal Sector

Coal matters

Lead Story
Coal India plays a key role in securing the country’s energy needs, but the government is neither taking any step to support it nor addressing the iss
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Financial Institutions/ Insurance

Opening the FDI floodgates

Lead Story
The lifting of the FDI cap in the sector has not increased insurance penetration and has only undermined the unique contributions made by public secto
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Politics

Lessons not learnt

Lead Story
The Narendra Modi government’s economic policy direction remains unchanged in spite of the BJP’s terrible defeat in the Bihar and Delhi Assembly elect
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Infrastructure

The Trojan horse

Lead Story
The promotion of public-private partnerships, which goes hand in hand with the state withdrawing from its responsibility of discharging its basic duti
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Energy/ Power Sector

Punished for performance

Lead Story
PSEs such as NTPC have turned in a stupendous performance despite handicaps imposed by a government favouring non-performing private players. Divesti