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September 16 cover
16-09-2016

Towards a sane society

Mental Health Bill, 2013

Briefing

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Essay

Terrorism in Kashmir

India
Kashmir remains an open question. But the answer does not lie in branding protesters as terrorists and using brute force to stifle dissent. An ad hoc
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Mental illness

Decrepit structure

Data Stories
The country has much ground to cover in caring for the mentally ill and urgently needs to upgrade its infrastructure in order to ensure universal acce
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India & Pakistan

Back to square one

World Affairs
Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalate as India’s Prime Minister brings up the issue of “large-scale human rights violations in Ba
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Berhampore

Living hell

Lead Story
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Institutions

Out of the four walls

Lead Story
Care for the mentally ill should look beyond the “madhouse” and towards inclusive communities with a place for persons with psychosocial disabilitie
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The Banyan

The Banyan model

Lead Story
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Crisis of imagination

Books
On the lack of collective consciousness about climate change in literature.
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Jammu & Kashmir

Ghosts of the past

India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives to find a solution to the Kashmir unrest may have little effect in the absence of a concrete plan to resto
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Interview: Dr Sanjeev Jain

‘The scale of the problem is immense’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Sanjeev Jain of NIMHANS.
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Opinion

History of sedition

India
It is only when a speech incites others to commit acts of insurrection, rebellion or public disorder that it can be considered as constituting the off
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Mental Health Care Bill

Promise of dignity

Lead Story
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Crime

Acid victims

India
A spurt in acid attacks against women has become a cause for concern in rural and urban West Bengal.
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History

Unfazed by attack

India
The eminent historian Romila Thapar, who has been targeted by the Sangh Parivar for her views on nationalism, refuses to be silenced.
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Interview: Dr Nimesh Desai

‘Stigma in seeking help remains’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Nimesh Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.
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Science & neurology

A great divide

Lead Story
Technological advances in neuroscience such as optogenetics have revolutionised our understanding of the brain’s neural networks and their impact on b
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Cover Story

Towards a sane society

Lead Story
Will the Mental Health Care Bill passed by the Rajya Sabha, which brings to centre stage the rights of patients diagnosed with mental disorders, serve
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The Tiger

Born Free

Wildlife
But destruction of habitat and poaching continue to be the scourge of tiger populations in India. Text & photographs
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Essay

Hindutva’s science envy

Science & Technology
Claiming an organic unity between the Vedic world view and modern science has been the agenda of Hindu nationalists from the very start. If modern sci
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United States

A powder keg

World Affairs
Riots in Milwaukee and other places indicate the rage that festers in the heart of urban poverty in America.
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British records on India

Books
The two volumes contain British documents on Kashmir and Hyderabad, Gandhi’s assassination and other economic and political developments in India and
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The missing surprise

Books
Despite the author’s well-elucidated arguments and some interesting theories, the book disappoints as it fails to pack a punch.
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Japan

Imperial dilemma

World Affairs
There seems to be a rift between the politics of Japan’s ruling dispensation and its imperial family.
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Short Story

Dhanabala Chettiar Company

Literature
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Intervention

Reaching out

Lead Story
Decriminalising suicide is a step in the right direction. Early identification and effective management are the key to ensuring that those who attempt
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Thailand

Voting out democracy

World Affairs
The military junta in Thailand gets yet another Constitution passed through a “referendum” which effectively prevents any single party from gaining a
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Rights

For a rights-based approach

Lead Story
The Mental Health Care Bill, which sees mental health care only as a repair job, fails to recognise the value of psycho-neural diversity.
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Tribute

Shooting star

Obituary
The lyricist Na. Muthukumar (1975-2016) resurrected the richness of language in Tamil cinema with his expressive lines, which were suffused with liber
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Column

A toast to the Keralite!

Sashi Kumar