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19-02-2016

Who killed Rohith Vemula?

Pic of Rohith Vemula

Briefing

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Tribute

Mrinalini Sarabhai: Classicist & activist

Obituary
Mrinalini Sarabhai (1918-2016) believed strongly in tradition but did not hesitate to face contemporary issues head on. She gave classical dance new
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Interview: Sukhadeo Thorat

‘Exclusionary practices are deeply pervasive’

Lead Story
Interview with Professor Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.
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Universities

For a strong forum

Lead Story
Universities in Delhi are hegemonised by dominant-caste student groups and, unlike in Telangana or Andhra Pradesh, there is no campus group to effecti
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Dalit life

The pain of a Dalit

Lead Story
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Politics

Cold calculations

Lead Story
After defensive tactics and firefighting on the Rohith Vemula issue, the BJP may now raise a communal plank with an eye on Dalit votes.
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Legal issues

Law and loophole

Lead Story
The registration of cases against the accused under the old, unamended Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act may we
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Letter from America

Fault line of race

World Affairs
“Black Lives Matter” is a cry from the heart of the frustrated black population. A white population in despair takes refuge in the toxic language of
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India-Nepal

Himalayan mess-up

World Affairs
The drafting of Nepal’s new Constitution was marred by flawed processes and neglect of the concerns of the Madhesis and other marginalised groups. Ind
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China

Structural shifts

World Affairs
Three development banks—the AIIB, launched on January 16, the EBRD and the NBD—point to the emergence of new centres of power and influence in the glo
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Pakistan

Terror dots on the globe

World Affairs
The deadly terrorist attack on the Bacha Khan University campus in Pakistan’s Peshawar closely follows three others in the same fortnight, in Istanbul
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Interview: P.L. Punia

‘This is an anti-Dalit government’

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Senthil Kumar

A suicide retold

Lead Story
In the wake of Rohith Vemula’s suicide, it is time to revisit the 2008 death of a scholar from Tamil Nadu at the University of Hyderabad, which is a t
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Development

Road map for Kerala

General Issues
An initiative focussed on Kerala’s development experience exposes a worrying trend of rising inequality and proposes a strategy for sustainable and eq
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JNU

Personnel matters

India
The appointment of the new Vice Chancellor for Jawaharlal Nehru University is the latest in the BJP’s attempts to push its saffron agenda in academic
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Kerala

Singed by a scam

India
Three years after it came to light, the solar scam has now gathered enough steam to threaten the State government itself.
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Public sector/SAIL

Made of steel

India
Steel Authority of India Limited, which makes a wide range of products, has been synonymous with India’s development and is one of the country’s fast
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Iran

Iran in leap mode

World Affairs
With the lifting of international sanctions Iran will have immediate access to its huge assets locked up in foreign banks and will look around for bus
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V.P. Sharma

Pioneer of malaria research

Obituary
V.P. Sharma (1938-2015) built a formidable research organisation from scratch and contributed greatly to the control of malaria at a time when it was
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Delhi

Capital tussle

India
The stand-off between the Delhi government and the Centre over the suspension of DANICS officers has led to an administrative gridlock.
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Tamil Nadu

Mute victims

India
The death of three girl students in Tamil Nadu raises serious questions about the way self-financing professional colleges run without the necessary
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Controversy

Egg on the face

India
The humble egg comes in handy for Congress activists to protest against the Odisha government’s large-scale bungling in issuing ration cards for cheap
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Man who lived dangerously

Books
This commemorative volume is a timely and necessary reminder of the greatness of an extraordinary writer, film-maker and social commentator.
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Creatures big and small

Books
A book that encourages people to care for conservation through excellent photographs and valuable information.
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Plantation sector

Brewing resentment

India
Assam’s small tea growers, who contribute substantially to the total tea production in the country, get a raw deal.
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Archaeology

Digging up Madurai’s Sangam past

Heritage
The ASI’s excavations at Keezhadi near Madurai, its largest in Tamil Nadu, have unearthed hard evidence of the city’s existence in the Sangam Age of t
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Rohith Vemula

The death of a Dalit scholar

Lead Story
Rohith Vemula’s suicide in the University of Hyderabad brings into the open the deep-seated caste biases and discrimination against Dalit students, es
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HRD Ministry

Sectarian agenda

Lead Story
The MHRD has been blatant in its efforts to privatise and saffronise higher education and brooks no opposition from organisations such as the ASA that
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Profile

Who was Rohith Vemula?

Lead Story
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to ascertain his caste identity and influence his family are meant to serve a political objective as the names l
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Legal options

Systemic barriers

Lead Story
Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation bringing boycott, harassment and segregation within its ambit will provide a legal recourse for persons
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Tribute

David Bowie: A hero forever

Obituary
David Bowie (1947-2016) was the voice of the misfit and the misunderstood.