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COVER STORY

June 10 cover Elections
10-06-2016

Winning ways

Jayalalithaa and Mamata on the cover

Briefing

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Medicine

Cancer drug for brain disorder?

Science & Technology
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Awards

Special prize

Science & Technology
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Column

Collapsing exports

C.P. Chandrasekhar
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Thol. Thirumavalavan, VCK leader

‘Our front faced many conspiracies’

Lead Story
Interview with Thol. Thirumavalavan, VCK leader.
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Detention without trial

Books
The book is an outstandingly able study of preventive detention the like of which has not appeared in India.
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Assembly Elections: West Bengal

Resounding victory

Lead Story
Mamata Banerjee returns to power with a massive mandate. The Trinamool Congress wins 211 out of the 294 Assembly seats, while the Left-Congress allian
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Digvijay Singh

‘There is no cause for panic’

Lead Story
Interview with Digvijay Singh of the Congress.
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Column

Tales of contrast

Jayati Ghosh
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Assembly Elections: Kerala

Left gets it right

Lead Story
In a State that values its secular political traditions, voters rally behind the Left Democratic Front because of its consistent stand against divisiv
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Interview: Goutam Ghose

Inimitable storyteller

Cinema
Interview with film-maker Goutam Ghose, currently working on Lala, an Indo-Italian venture.
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Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary

‘People’s struggles must be strengthened’

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

‘Defeat does not mean retreat’

Lead Story
Interview with Surjya Kanta Mishra, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) and secretary of the party’s West Bengal unit.
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Nepal

Awaiting Nepal’s second liberation

World Affairs
Nepal’s liberation from self-serving opportunistic politicians cannot even begin until the issue of federalism and justice to the Madheshis is dealt w
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Islamist threat

World Affairs
Sarbanada Sonowal

Son of the soil

Lead Story
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Image and image-making

Books
A close look at the often unseen and unacknowledged but thrillingly unpredictable processes that go into the making of magical images and sounds on sc
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Drought

In unequal measure

India
As Karnataka reels under a severe drought, social and economic divides undermine the little relief that the government has provided.
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Bangladesh

Old wounds

World Affairs
Pakistan, which has never apologised for the crimes committed by its army personnel during the 1971 Bangladesh war, continues to oppose the trials tha
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Cover Story

Battles won and lost

Lead Story
Regional parties retain their importance in national politics as Mamata Banerjee and Jayalalithaa score back-to-back victories, the BJP and the Left g
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LEGEND

Living Shakespeare

Arts & Culture
London is agog with celebrations marking 400 years of William Shakespeare. The Globe’s adaptation of “Hamlet” returns for its final performances afte
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Letter from America

Stoking a fire

World Affairs
Donald Trump has awakened the class animosity of white workers, but real change is not possible through him. A Trump presidency would be dangerous not
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Uttarakhand

Rawat’s return

Politics
The political drama in Uttarakhand comes to an end with the Harish Rawat government proving its majority in a floor test in the State Assembly after t
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Om Prakash Mishra, Congress leader

‘Congress-Left cooperation will continue’

Lead Story
Interview with Om Prakash Mishra of the Congress.
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Poor left poorer

Books
This book raises serious questions on the government’s development strategy of large-scale urbanisation without addressing, among other things, “the s
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Assembly Elections: Tamil Nadu

Bucking the trend

Lead Story
Jayalalithaa makes history by returning to power for a second consecutive time in Tamil Nadu.
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Pinarayi Vijayan

Man of the moment

Lead Story
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Supreme Court

Defamation as crime

India
The judgment of the Supreme Court’s two-judge bench upholding defamation as a criminal offence is a setback to free speech jurisprudence.
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Money trail

Money power unplugged

Lead Story
The Election Commission has put in place an elaborate mechanism, backed by law, to monitor and check the circulation of money to bribe voters, but it
Opinion polls

The prediction industry

Lead Story
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Wildlife

In the king’s own country

Environment
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Assembly Elections: Assam

North-eastern foray

Lead Story
With its massive electoral victory in Assam, the BJP has made a big leap in the electoral politics of the north-eastern region.
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Profile

The Mamata persona

Lead Story
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Crime

Honour and shame

India
State Crime Records Bureau statistics show that Karnataka has had 13 “honour killings” since 2011, an indication of hardening social identities. There
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A security state

Books
In all cases that touch on the twin issues of national security and civil liberty, the Supreme Court’s judgments are short on legal analysis and rich
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Vinay Sahasrabudhe, BJP vice president

‘People voted for our development agenda’

Lead Story
Interview with BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe.
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The Philippines

Strongman at helm

World Affairs
The Philippines has elected a President who not only is a grass-roots politician but is also known for his anti-U.S. politics. Balancing ties between
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Column

Topsy-turvy journalism

Sashi Kumar
The Marxist concept of the free press, as enunciated forcefully and at length by Marx himself, is not to be confused with the vitiated role of a nomin
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Egypt

Restive nation

World Affairs
Cairo’s focus on crushing the Muslim Brotherhood has led to a massive crackdown on all forms of civil dissent, whose ramifications can be seen in a di
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Spotlight

Monsoon watch

Environment
Researchers of PIK, Germany, claim that their novel method, using the Eastern Ghats and north Pakistan as the “tipping elements”, is better in predict