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02-09-2016

Dalit upsurge

The Una incident and its backlash in Gujarat

Briefing

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Cover Story

Milking the holy cow

Lead Story
There is no way of producing milk profitably in a commercial venture if unproductive cows are retained. If one is serious about not killing cows, one
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‘Mission Dalit’ gone awry

Lead Story
Attacks on Dalits in several parts of the country by vigilante gau rakshaks spoil the BJP’s carefully crafted plan to retain Dalit support for the for
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Interview: P.L. Punia

‘Protests by Dalits a good sign’

Lead Story
Interview with P.L. Punia, Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
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Of ‘cowpathy’ & its miracles

Lead Story
Promotion of cow urine and dung as super drugs is part of the cow politics of the Sangh Parivar. Not only have these claims not been substantiated sci
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Livelihood Issues

A fight for their land

India
The mounting opposition to land acquisition for the Mallanasagar project, which threatens to submerge 14 villages, is turning out to be the first seri
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Taxation

A killer tax

Economy
The euphoria over the Goods and Services Tax masks the deadly assault on tax policy as a means of promoting equity.
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Politics

Round one to Centre

India
The Delhi High Court rules against the Aam Aadmi Party government in a dispute over the extent of its powers.
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A case for lifting the ban

Lead Story
The ban on cattle slaughter is a story of missed opportunities for economic development and withdrawing it will have a salutary effect on farmer incom
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Public Health

A disaster in the making

World Affairs
Medecins Sans Frontieres warns that the free or regional trade agreements that are being negotiated, which seek to strengthen current patent regimes,
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Death of public reason

Lead Story
The continuing atrocities against Dalits, including the recent one in Una, Gujarat, and the lack of public outrage are indicative of the death of a co
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Letter from America

‘There will be a hawk in the White House’

World Affairs
Interview with Medea Benjamin, one of the founders of CODEPINK, a U.S.-based anti-war activist organisation.
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Yemen

Misadventure in Yemen

World Affairs
The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting a losing battle in Yemen, and Riyadh’s own economic problems make a long-running war there unsustainable.
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Art

From view to vision

Art
S.H. Raza’s trajectory as an artist involved the transformation of a painter struggling to construct an image into a visionary lucidly revealing what
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Awards

‘The focus has to be on the safai karamchari women’

India
Interview with Bezwada Wilson, national convener of the Safai Karamchari Andolan and recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his work for manual sc
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Poetry

Days of irreverence

Obituary
Gnanakoothan’s (1938-2016) dissenting spirit not only opened up new landscapes of literature to aspiring young poets but also gave fresh meaning and f
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Politics

Capital vendetta

India
The alacrity shown by the Delhi Police in arresting Aam Aadmi Party MLAs on flimsy charges smacks of a witch-hunt by the BJP regime.
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Pakistan

Jinnah’s heirs

Books
Karnataka

Tribunal blow

India
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Arab world

The big picture

Books
The author advances an argument about the slow political death of the idea of Arab nationalism in the fires of sectarian war and chaos that run from I
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Short story

Desperation

Literature
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Uttarakhand

Rain havoc

Books
A timely reminder of the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in 2013 and what compounded a natural disaster and made it so serious.
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Kerala

Stories on walls

Books
Kerala Murals offers a delectable feast of detailed descriptions of wall paintings in six temples and a palace in Kerala that are protected monuments
Chhattisgarh

Journalists targeted

India
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‘We can make the government fall’

Lead Story
Interview with Vivek Premi, district convener of the Bajrang Dal.
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Interview: Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Mahasweta Devi: ‘Different from us all’

Obituary
Interview with novelist Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
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Tribute

Mahasweta Devi: Beyond labels

Obituary
Mahasweta Devi (1926-2016) was the voice of the subaltern. She remained a rebel and a free spirit right until the end.
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Unmediated

Media made to order

Sashi Kumar