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COVER STORY

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18-03-2016

JNU crackdown

Cover story on JNU and special feature on gravitational-waves

Briefing

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Interview: Shehla Rashid Shora

‘Politics enriches our education’

Lead Story
Interview with Shehla Rashid Shora, vice-president, JNUSU.
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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Background

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
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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
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ONV Kurup

Shimmering drops of light

Obituary
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
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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.
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Syria

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
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Heritage

The embroiders of Kutch

India
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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Terrorism

Reconnaissance man

India
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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Harper Lee

Fractured legacy

Obituary
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
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‘Consumer ambitions must not override citizen rights’

India
Interview with Nishant Shah, co-founder of the Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru.
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘Launch of an insurrection against the Constitution’

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

Winning round one

India
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
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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
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Reservation

Caste calculations

India
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
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‘Tactical diversion of public attention’

Lead Story
Interview with Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
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A new perspective

Books
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

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.
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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
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Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Secretary, JNUTA

‘JNU administration making deplorable statements’

Lead Story
Interview with Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Secretary, JNUTA.
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Free speech and India

Books
Interview with Gautam Bhatia, advocate in the High Court of Delhi.
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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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Battle for narrative

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