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30-09-2016

Ruling the waves

Mukesh Ambani

Briefing

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Attack on journalists

Press under attack

Data Stories
Journalists continue to be the target of murder and imprisonment worldwide, which does not augur well for the health of democratic values.
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Communalism

Coastal Karnataka: Communal cauldron

India
The steady growth of Hindutva in coastal Karnataka has been accompanied by intense communal polarisation. In this developed region of the State, incid
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Labour Issues

Striking at apathy

India
The central trade unions organise a national strike to press for their charter of demands aimed at keeping workers in the protective ambit of labour l
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Interview: V.A.N. Namboodiri

‘We are victims of a legacy set up by the government’

Lead Story
Interview with V.A.N. Namboodiri of BSNL Employees Union.
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Spotlight

A museum for the master

India
R.K. Narayan’s house in Mysuru has been made into a museum, but the execution seems half-hearted. Much more needs to be done if it is to attract the g
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Interview: Prashant Bhushan

‘The spectrum auction was rigged’

Lead Story
Interview with Prashant Bhushan, political activist and lawyer.
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Spectrum auction

Spectrum grab

Lead Story
The conduct of the spectrum auction, which was won by Reliance Jio for its services, raises disturbing questions about whether state policy is availab
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The Judiciary

Collegium concerns

India
Justice Jasti Chelameswar’s decision to keep away from the meetings of the Supreme Court’s collegium as a protest against its opaque functioning lends
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The Judiciary

Note of dissent

India
The history of the collegium is replete with instances of successive CJIs using their clout to suppress dissent and presenting to the outside world a
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Turkey-Syria

Turkish onslaught

World Affairs
Turkey’s open military intervention in Syria, with the United States’ backing, evokes sharp condemnation from Russia and Iran, Syria’s allies in its
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Uttarakhand

Paying the price

Environment
For the first time, a company in India will have to pay compensation for damage occurring during a natural disaster: the NGT imposes a fine on GVK for
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Maharashtra

Yoga made compulsory

India
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Interview

‘We cannot merely go in for compartmentalised solutions’

India
Interview with Union Minister Anil Madhav Dave.
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Land acquisition

Farmers’ victory

India
The Supreme Court’s ruling that the land acquired in Singur for the Nano car project must be returned to farmers has come as a huge victory for Chief
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Public health

The six-legged enemy

India
Malaria control in India is seriously affected by the fact that the knowledge once gained through painstaking research and fieldwork by entomologists
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Controversy

Disquiet in the Ghats

India
With the time frame for stakeholders to submit complaints and suggestions over the declaration of ecologically sensitive areas in the Western Ghats ne
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Ishti

Fight against patriarchy

Cinema
G. Prabha’s Sanskrit film Ishti pits the feminine spirit against patriarchy while weaving a riveting tale of transformation within the Namboodiri comm
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Cover Story

Voice of Reliance

Lead Story
Reliance Industries unleashes a full-scale war in the mobile business by blurring the divide between voice and data. But its entry as a harbinger of r
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Fiction

Two different estimates

Literature
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Liberalism and its malcontents

Books
A book that will have a long-term bearing on contemporary political thought and the history of the “empire”.
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Letter from America

Syrian file

World Affairs
Caught between Turkey’s demands and Kurdish ambitions, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has an impossible mission in Syria in which he is both the p
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Brazil

A soft coup

World Affairs
Right-wing opposition forces have succeeded in ousting President Dilma Rousseff on dubious grounds and are in the process of making changes in the cou
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Bangladesh

Course of justice

World Affairs
Pakistan’s statement criticising the hanging of the war crimes convict Mir Quasem Ali does not go down well in Bangladesh.
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Technology

Tall claims?

Lead Story
Although the data plan rates Reliance Jio is offering seem extremely low and attractive, a closer look at them suggests that the reality does not matc
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Truer than facts

Books
Kiran Doshi takes an important period of modern India’s history and fictionalises it to make it more intelligible and plausible.
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Essay

Vajpayee’s ‘insaniyat’

India
Vajpayee’s use of the slogan was of a piece with his evasion of specifics and was not informed by any real intent of conciliation.
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Tamil Nadu

Strained democracy

Politics
The manner in which the Jayalalithaa government has filed defamation cases against political opponents and the media and gone about muffling dissent
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RBI in perspective

Books
The book opens up the windows of the Reserve Bank of India to the wider public to enable it to understand the working of a public institution that has
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Archaeology

Suabarei surprise

Heritage
The ASI discovers a separate Neolithic phase for the first time in Odisha’s prehistory, followed by a clear-cut Chalcolithic horizon, in its excavatio
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Reliance and telecom

Second coming

Lead Story
In the euphoria that has surrounded the Reliance Jio launch, Mukesh Ambani’s previous launch of mobile services 14 years ago provides some sobering th
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Big business

Business & politics

Lead Story
The Prime Minister’s endorsement of the Ambani group’s new digital product ends speculation of the supposed distancing between Narendra Modi and Relia