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COVER STORY

Cover Budget 16
01-04-2016

Budget

Promises as policy

Briefing

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Agriculture

Seeds of distress

Lead Story
Arun Jaitley’s latest budget, which refuses to address issues such as the crisis of profitability or paucity of state credit, fails to make any effort
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Great Barrier Reef

Splendour down under

Travel
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Aikya concert

Music from the margins

Music
When T.M. Krishna, the “enfant terrible” of Carnatic music, and five Jogappas, belonging to a traditional community of transwomen musicians in rural K
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Karnataka

Watch trouble

India
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JNU

Leading the debate

India
JNU students vow to intensify the struggle for their constitutional and democratic right to criticise the government’s anti-people policies.
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Syria

Strategic prize

World Affairs
The West’s attempt to effect a regime change in Syria using tactics from 60 years ago has not borne fruit, and the majority of the people seem to have
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Gender Issues

Law and limitations

India
With domestic violence cases on the rise, the debate has now intensified over whether the victim needs pre-litigation counselling or aggressive court
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Awards

Pop patriot

Cinema
Manoj Kumar, the latest recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was a smart man who tapped into the patriotic spirit of the average Indian to achieve
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Culture Festival

Against all norms

India
The World Culture Festival organised by the Art of Living Foundation on the floodplains of the Yamuna flouts environmental concerns and established ru
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Controversy

Encounters with truth

India
The Ishrat Jahan case assumes political overtones with new twists and turns in the case of the controversial “encounter killing” by the Gujarat Police
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‘Why do people have to eat only arhar dal’?

Lead Story
Interview with G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, BJP’s chief spokesperson.
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Education

Partial vision

Lead Story
At a time when the basic structure of the education system, right from the primary school to the higher education level, needs a significant budgetary
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Economic Survey 2015-16

Sophisticated neoliberalism

Lead Story
Economic Survey 2015-16 covers vast ground but its premises are essentially neoliberal, marked by an overwhelming focus on fiscal consolidation and an
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Union Budget 2016-17

The great deception

Lead Story
By launching a frontal attack on several major sections of society, Union Budget 2016-17 probably marks a turning point in the way the Narendra Modi
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Politics

Electoral ploy

Lead Story
The “pro-farmer, pro-rural tilt” of the Union Budget is aimed at enhancing popular support for the BJP and its NDA allies in an election year. Left pa
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Health

Cosmetic measures

Lead Story
The Union Budget uses a silo-based approach to health in complete disregard for what its own reports and data point out in terms of what is required f
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Umberto Eco

Interpreter of cultures

Obituary
In Umberto Eco’s (1934-2016) death, the world has lost a semiotician who blended scholarship with pop iconography, an intellectual who believed in pro
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Analysis

Between investors and voters

Lead Story
The stark divergence between rhetoric and intent in the Budget exposes the regime’s inability to push for growth and welfare, which stems from its obs
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United States

Turning up trumps

World Affairs
Donald Trump is the outcome of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, the anti-immigrant sentiment in the party, and the deep wells of Islamophobia that have been
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Railway Budget

Off the rails

Lead Story
By adopting a niggardly approach to capital investment, the Railway Budget missed an opportunity to provide a stimulus to the overall economy.
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Spotlight

Geelani’s travails

India
S.A.R. Geelani’s arrest shows that the Centre is using any event commemorating Afzal Guru as a bogey to oppose any discussion on the Kashmiri people’s
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The story of Aamir Khan

Books
A heart-wrenching story of a Muslim youth who is incarcerated on false charges and an indictment of the criminal justice system.
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Refracted views

Books
The book does not give priority to fundamental and critical issues relevant to policymaking in India.
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Uganda

Museveni forever

World Affairs
Yoweri Museveni, the U.S.’ key partner in Afica, is re-elected President of Uganda in an election that is widely seen as fraudulent.
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Dissecting an age-old rivalry

Books
The author Dilip Hiro speaks about his latest book, The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan.
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Employees' Provident Fund

Double whammy

Lead Story
Widespread opposition to the proposal to tax withdrawals from Employees’ Provident Fund puts the government on the back foot.
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Banks

Banks on the run

Lead Story
By refusing to make a significant commitment to recapitalise public sector banks, the government refuses to accept its own responsibility in causing t
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MGNREGS

Job scheme in decline

Lead Story
The increase in the budgetary allocation for the MGNREGA is only marginal. The scheme helped lower the poverty level by 32 per cent between 2004-05 an
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Virjesh Upadhyay, BMS.

‘Much depends on agriculture’

Lead Story
Interview with Virjesh Upadhyay, national general secretary, BMS.
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Tapan Sen, general secretary, CITU

‘Burden on honest taxpayers’

Lead Story
Interview with Tapan Sen, general secretary, CITU.
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P.A. Sangma

Man of the masses

Obituary
Purno Agitok Sangma was a towering political personality of Meghalaya whose term as Speaker of the Lok Sabha was unforgettable.
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Public finances

Money matters

Data Stories
The combined revenue of the Centre and the States has not grown at the same pace as expenditure in recent years, leaving a widening gap in public fina