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14-10-2016

Cauvery conflict

Cauvery water dispute

Briefing

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RSS & Gandhi’s murder

India
There is enough historical evidence to nail the RSS’ lie that Nathuram Godse was not a member of that organisation when he assassinated Mahatma Gandhi
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Spending on education

Cost of education

Data Stories
NSSO data reveal marked disparities in what people spend on education and also point to a steady erosion of the state's role in higher education.
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Communalism

Intolerance unplugged

Arts & Culture
The academic Meera Nanda is under attack for her article on the Hindu right wing’s positions on the history of science.
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Scramjet success

Science & Technology
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People's Initiatives

Voice of the family

Lead Story
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NAM Summit

Bye-bye NAM?

World Affairs
India’s growing political and strategic alliance with the U.S. came into sharp focus when Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to skip the NAM summit
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Space

Cryogenic gains for GSLV

Science & Technology
ISRO announces its arrival in the global satellite launch market with the successful flight of the GSLV-Mk II rocket with an indigenous cryogenic engi
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Uttar Pradesh & Bihar

Divided family

Politics
The fight for supremacy between Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav in Uttar Pradesh and the struggle for predominance between t
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Salafi-jehadism and its cohorts

Books
Two books attempt to explain the apparent contradiction between Islam’s precept and its practice in the context of the wanton destruction and violence
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North Korea

Bigger bomb

World Affairs
North Korea conducts another nuclear test, which helps it gain the capability to produce “standardised and minimised” nuclear warheads, and the U.S. p
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ARUNACHAL PRADESH

High drama again

Politics
The tables are turned on the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh as Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who was preferred over previous Chief Minister Nabam Tuki i
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Letter from America: Election watch

In a hall of mirrors

World Affairs
No significant issues drive the campaign. No one is seriously entertaining the questions that bother ordinary Americans. The haste to drop ballots int
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Assamese nationalism

Books
Through academically relevant and well-illustrated arguments, this volume does an admirable job of examining the issues relating to sovereignty in the
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History

The other revolt

Heritage
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Surrogacy

Surrogacy and law

Social Issues
The surrogacy Bill sends out a conservative political message about what kind of families are culturally acceptable. A complete ban on surrogacy, on t
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Lady Elliot Island

Gentle giants of the Pacific

Travel
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In Conversation: Wendy Doniger

‘Fight words with words’

Arts & Culture
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Syria

Fragile state

World Affairs
Russia and the U.S. were able to come up with a ceasefire agreement for war-ravaged Syria, but the many violations of the agreement and two serious at
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Defence Services

United against pay panel award

India
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Interview: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

‘This dispute needs political solution’

Lead Story
Interview with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
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Short story

Godavari Gundu

Literature
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The lawyer as writer

Books
Many of the writer’s remarks are strikingly relevant to the Indian judicial system.
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Situation in Karnataka

Karnataka’s troubles

Lead Story
The Supreme Court’s directive to release water to Tamil Nadu arouses strong feelings in Karnataka which is yet to recover from two consecutive drought
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Jammu & Kashmir

Fuelling fear

India
The terrorist attack in Uri which killed 18 Indian soldiers has generated fears about a resumption of hostilities across the border and added new dime
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Crime

Suspicious end

India
The alleged suicide of Ramkumar, the accused in the Swathi murder case, at the Central Prison in Chennai, fuels doubts about the investigating authori
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Inter-State water issues

Disputes aplenty

Lead Story
The Cauvery water dispute has put the focus on inter-State river water disputes in India and the experience so far.
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Communalism

Halting history

India
The National Book Trust has decided to stop printing the historian Bipan Chandra’s book Communalism: A Primer.
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Extracts

Towards conciliation

Lead Story
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Supreme Court's Role

Caught in a tangle

Lead Story
The Supreme Court finds it difficult to extricate itself from the Cauvery conundrum even as the disputing States continue to test its ability to adjud
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Communalism

Midnight mayhem

Social Issues
Murder, gang rape, and vandalism in the name of cow protection are changing the face of the Mewat region in Haryana and the future of its predominant
Interview: Captain S. Raja Rao

‘Karnataka is open about its water usage’

Lead Story
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Interview: Dr Soumya Swaminathan

‘Surrogacy a hot topic’

Social Issues
Interview with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research.
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Cover Story

Cauvery conflict

Lead Story
The reappearance of the crisis shows that only equitable sharing of the river’s waters combined with scientific water conservation and management meas