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JNU crackdown

Cover story on JNU and special feature on gravitational-waves



Caste calculations

The Jat agitation blows up in the Haryana government’s face, bringing the issue of reservation back into focus and widening the divide between variou
Gravitational waves

A vision vindicated

Science & Technology
The LIGO-India project, which has been approved by the Union Cabinet, was a vision of the IndIGO Consortium, a multi-institutional multidisciplinary c

Peace a far cry still

World Affairs
The “cessation of hostilities” agreement announced seems to be mainly aimed at facilitating speedy delivery of essential humanitarian aid to areas in
Law on sedition

Sedition vs free speech

Lead Story
Recent instances of the law enforcers’ recourse to the law on sedition point to its inherent potential for abuse.
ONV Kurup

Shimmering drops of light

O.N.V. Kurup (1931-2016) wrote poetry from the heart, inspired by the grind, sorrows and joys of ordinary people, their simple songs and their hopes f
South Africa

Caught in neoliberal trap

World Affairs
Charges of corruption, cronyism and nepotism against President Jacob Zuma have put the government on the back foot in a country already reeling under

Winning round one

The TRAI fires the first salvo in favour of protecting Net neutrality, but the battle to keep the Internet free from control by commercial interests r
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘Launch of an insurrection against the Constitution’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary.

‘Consumer ambitions must not override citizen rights’

Interview with Nishant Shah, co-founder of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru.
Harper Lee

Fractured legacy

Harper Lee (1926-2016), the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, will never be forgotten as long as there are people who love the magic of the written wo

Reconnaissance man

David Headley, the LeT operative, does not reveal anything new in his video deposition from the United States in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case
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The embroiders of Kutch

The Living and Learning Design Centre in a Kutch village is about dialogue between contemporary designers and traditional artisans and about keeping c
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Gravitational waves

The Indian role

Science & Technology
Significant Indian contributions to theoretical source modelling and data analysis made the LIGO discovery of September 2015 possible.
Educational institutions

Eroding autonomy

Lead Story
The control of the government at the Centre over autonomous institutions such as Central universities undermines academic and administrative freedom.
The United States

The world after Obama

World Affairs
Barack Obama was caught between the “good war” and the “bad war”, but not all the presidential candidates who are in the race to succeed him share his
University and pluralism

The idea of the university and its enemies

Lead Story
Why does the university matter? It matters because in the present state of affairs the university represents the idea of pluralism, an inclusive appro
The agenda

An old dream and a new horse to flog

Lead Story
The rhetoric of nationalism is being used by the ruling dispensation to deflect attention from pressing problems and to chase the Sangh Parivar’s old
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Gravitational waves

Ripples from the past

Science & Technology
The first detection of the sounds of the cosmos may be the harbinger of more such signals, which may tell us new things about the universe.

A new perspective

The book is a comprehensive and substantial contribution to an understanding of the West Asian political and economic scenario and the historical and
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Gravitational waves

New cosmic messengers

Science & Technology
The gravitational waves detected by the LIGO observatories in the United States on September 14, 2015, while validating Einstein’s theory of general r
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Battle for narrative

A portal working towards establishing an informed Ambedkar age makes an impressive debut.
Gravitational waves

The whisper of a black hole

Science & Technology
Building a laser interferometer with the enormous sensitivity required to "hear" faraway black holes colliding was the result of a continuou
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Free speech and India

Interview with Gautam Bhatia, advocate in the High Court of Delhi.
Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Secretary, JNUTA

‘JNU administration making deplorable statements’

Lead Story
Interview with Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Secretary, JNUTA.
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Ambiguities in law

A case against the sedition law

Lead Story
The Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clear the ambiguity in Section 124A of the IPC, the law of sedition, in the Kedar Nath Singh case. It is hi

Profiles, real and concocted

Lead Story
Coming mostly from impoverished backgrounds and marginalised communities, the implicated JNU students have one other thing in common: passion to uphol
Nationalism redefined

The new nationalism

Lead Story
Nationhood under the BJP government, conflated with Hinduism, is defined more by what it excludes than what it includes. Anything that this regimented
Cover Story

In defence of JNU

Lead Story
The crackdown on Jawaharlal Nehru University and the aggressive campaign with focus on its “anti-national character” is part of a Sangh Parivar plan t
Interview: Shehla Rashid Shora

‘Politics enriches our education’

Lead Story
Interview with Shehla Rashid Shora, vice-president, JNUSU.
Hindutva and nationhood

The nation according to Hindutva

Lead Story
An astonishing new generation is coming up from subaltern ranks, gathering some of its intellectual and political resources from leading public univer
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Brown bear, red salmon

Brown bears are one of the eight species of bears found in Eurasia, North America, Canada and parts of Asia.
In first person

JNU: Republic of ideas

Lead Story
The government’s attempt to crush the JNU spirit, which is reminiscent of the dark days of the Emergency, is in line with the RSS’ antipathy to the un
University system

University matters

Data Stories
Higher education has been growing from strength to strength in recent years, with State public and private universities dominating the scene.