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Cover Aadhaar
15-04-2016

Aadhaar

Privacy in peril

Briefing

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Honour killing

Deceptive calm?

Social Issues
There seem to be fewer honour killings than before in western Uttar Pradesh. But it is not clear whether this is a result of positive action by the go
Interview: Surjya Kanta Mishra

Uniting ‘secular, democratic’ forces

Politics
Interview with Surjya Kanta Mishra, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member and Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly.
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Dubious tactics

Lead Story
The modus operandi used to introduce the Aadhaar Bill, 2016, has serious implications for the future of Indian democracy.
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Terrorism

Fatal failure

World Affairs
The terror attack on Brussels shows a massive failure of intelligence to check jehadi elements that were flourishing in its own backyard.
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Assam

Battle for Dispur

Politics
The Congress in Assam fights both the anti-incumbency sentiment and the alliances formed by its opponents.
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Tamil Nadu

The game changer?

Politics
Vijayakanth joins hands with the People’s Welfare Front, leading to a five-cornered fight in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.
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U.S.

‘The power to create a new world is… in our hands’

World Affairs
Interview with Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for the U.S. presidency.
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘A grave encroachment on individual privacy’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Interview: Usha Ramanathan

Threat to citizen rights

Lead Story
Interview with Usha Ramanathan, legal researcher.
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Interview: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

‘Some psychological barriers remain’

Politics
Interview with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, West Bengal Congress president.
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West Bengal

Mamata vs the rest

Politics
With the opposition joining forces and a sting operation exposing corruption within the party, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress finds the going
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Hassan al-Turabi

Life of battles

Obituary
Hassan al-Turabi (1932-2016) was an influential politician in Sudan’s history despite the ups and downs of his political fortunes.
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Narada sting operation

Caught on camera

Politics
The Narada News revelations come at the most inopportune time for the ruling party.
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Angling

The mahseer’s lost ground

Conservation
The orange-finned mahseer is on the verge of extinction in its original habitat, the Cauvery river, following unregulated fishing and the introduction
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Interview: Jairam Ramesh

‘Planned emasculation of the Rajya Sabha’

Lead Story
Interview with Jairam Ramesh, Congress member of the Rajya Sabha and former Union Minister.
Interview: Sovandeb Chattopadhyay

‘There is peace in West Bengal’

Politics
Interview with Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, senior Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Whip of the Trinamool in the Assembly.
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Kerala

Testing times

Politics
In the face of a string of anti-incumbency factors and allegations of large-scale corruption, the United Democratic Front’s ambition of coming back to
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Syria

Putin’s progress

World Affairs
Russia announces a partial troop pullout from Syria after successfully beating back terrorist groups and creating favourable conditions for the peace
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Legal Issues

Legal quest

Social Issues
A petition pending in the Supreme Court since 2010 seeking appropriate directions to prevent atrocities in the name of “honour” and “tradition” offers
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JNU

Rising spirits

India
The JNUSU believes that the bail granted to Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya vindicates its stand that the Delhi Police had no evidence to implica
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Honour killing

In the name of honour

Social Issues
The brutal killing of a Dalit youth, who had married a caste Hindu girl, in Udumalpet highlights the issue of increasing “honour killings” in Tamil Na
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Economy

India’s forgotten people

Jayati Ghosh
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Reservation

Legal onslaught

India
The future of protective discrimination in favour of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is under doubt, with the Supreme Court encouraging legal ch
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Brazil

Creeping coup

World Affairs
Brazilian politics enters uncharted territory as a congressional committee is expected to decide whether to impeach the President or not for misapprop
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Of distorted priorities and need for justice

Books
This book is a compelling read for those seeking a deep understanding of the dominant issues in India today.
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Cover Story

Freedom in peril

Lead Story
The government’s passage of the Aadhaar Bill in complete disregard of even basic parliamentary procedures and in subversion of an ongoing judicial pro
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Crimes against S.Cs

Victims of violence

Data Stories
The spurt in crimes against Scheduled Castes in recent years underscores the need for stronger laws and a quicker justice delivery mechanism.
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Interview: Marcello Musto

Marx in new light

Literature
Interview with Marcello Musto, professor of Sociological Theory at York University.
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Book Review

Marketing dharma

Books
The book skilfully chronicles the role played by Gita Press in popularising the idea of a Hindu India by propagating the virtues of “sanatana dharma”.
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Essay

Sedition: Colonial relic

India
The law of sedition was introduced by the British colonial regime to stifle dissent. The time has now come for a movement against the way in which the
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Cinema

Aravindan: Anew and again

Sashi Kumar