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27-05-2016

Crisis of Justice

Crisis in the judicial system

Briefing

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Assembly elections: Kerala

Uncertain state

India
In Kerala, the ruling UDF and the opposition LDF realise that this round of election is like no other as the BJP seeks to break fresh ground with new
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Saudi Arabia

In a bind

World Affairs
The diplomatic and economic clout of Saudi Arabia suffers as its moves to back terror groups backfire.
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Assembly elections: Tamil Nadu

Complex scene

India
With multiple fronts in the fray and several issues, from prohibition to power supply, at stake, the election scene in Tamil Nadu is making the guessi
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Assembly elections: Puducherry

Battle for Puducherry

India
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Assembly elections

The ‘M’ factor

India
The use of money to buy votes is expected to significantly influence the result of the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, despite the Election Commissi
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T.S. Thakur's Tenure

New look, old style

Lead Story
Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur’s tenure has so far drawn mixed responses from the Bar.
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Mexico

Despair and unrest

World Affairs
There is anger in Mexico over the violence that snuffs out lives but does not get investigated. However, there is little hope that the state will act.
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Brazil

The coup begins

World Affairs
With the lower house of Brazil’s parliament voting for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, she faces the biggest political challenge of her l
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Assembly elections

Flood of troubles

India
The AIADMK may find the going tough in the flood-affected constituencies in Tiruvallur, Chennai, Cuddalore, Kancheepuram and Villupuram districts.
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Assembly elections: West Bengal

Nervous phase

India
Unkept promises and the terror unleashed by the Trinamool Congress come back to haunt Mamata Banerjee in the last phases of the Assembly elections in
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Interview: Rajesh Lokhani

‘A dependable strategy’

India
Interview with Rajesh Lakhoni, Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu.
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Interview: K.K. Venugopal

‘NCA not in conflict with basic structure’

Lead Story
Interview with K.K. Venugopal, Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court.
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National Court of Appeal

Case for appeal courts

Lead Story
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear a PIL petition seeking the establishment of a National Court of Appeal outside Delhi creates ripples in legal cir
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Movements

Witch-hunt & protest

India
The hunger strike in JNU over the action taken against students in connection with the February 9 events marks the third month of the protests and th
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Judicial reforms

Beyond rhetoric

Lead Story
The problem of pendency of cases in the judicial system must be examined on the basis of data and not anecdotal evidence.
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Interview: Sukrita Paul Kumar

‘A writer first, then a father’

Literature
Interview with the noted author-poet Sukrita Paul Kumar.
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Interview: Thomas Mathew

Recording events for posterity

India
Interview with Thomas Matthew, Additional Secretary to the President.
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Labour issues

A self goal

India
The NDA government restores the EPF interest rate under pressure from trade unions, but it will have to pay a heavy price for its move to trifle with
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Judicial reforms

Justice and the two ideas of India

Lead Story
India is caught between two conflicting visions of the nation—a progressive constitutional one and a conservative one—each with its own view of the ro
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Britain & Arabs

Books
This book is a fair account of the roots of the tragedy that has overtaken the Arab world.
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Green future

Books
The book explores the possibility of sustainable use of biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge with economic benefit for the communities an
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New facets of the Mughals

Books
The book frees Mughal history of preconceived notions and carefully brings out the strands of pluralism that helped weave the Mughal fabric.
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Controversy

Row over a report

India
A report by the Karnataka State Minorities Commission detailing misuse of wakf property over several decades has resulted in a confrontation between t
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Social issues

In the name of tradition

India
Discrimination against Dalits thrives in Karnataka as mainstream political parties continue to frame the issue of Dalits’ entry into temples or other
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Rashtrapati Bhavan

A peep into the past

India
Abode under the Dome documents the significant events that the Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted during the 1950s and 1960s and weaves a narrative around the
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Drought

Telangana's thirst

India
Many villages in the State are reeling under acute water scarcity. The government departments are trying to tap every available source to supply water
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Essay

Roots of the Kashmir dispute

India
Reflecting popular opinion, Sheikh Abdullah was against Kashmir’s accession to India. Reflecting Indian opinion and his own preferences, Nehru would
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Urban issues

Killer lifeline

India
The alarming rise in the number of accidental deaths on Mumbai’s suburban railway network points to the urgent need for remedial measures.
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Preoccupations

Societal involution

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