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28-10-2016

Dangerous escalation

Surgical strikes

Briefing

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Shimon Peres

Zionist hawk

World Affairs
It is ironical that Shimon Peres (1923-2016), one of the founding fathers of Israel who pursued various aggressive policies during his seven decades i
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Employment

Shrinking space

Data Stories
The fifth survey of the state of employment in the country paints a grim picture, with joblessness hitting a five-year high.
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Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

Himalayan kaleidoscope

Wildlife
The Kedarnath sanctuary, spread over 972 square kilometres, is the largest protected area in the Himalayas.
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Yusuf Arakkal

Rebel at heart

Obituary
Yusuf Arakkal’s (1945-2016) art was characterised by a desire to seek an understanding of the human condition.
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Parthajit Baruah

‘Adoor subjects are always contemporary’

Cinema
Interview with Parthajit Baruah, the author of “Face-to-Face: The Cinema of Adoor Gopalakrishnan”.
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Irrigation

‘Big reservoirs an outdated technology’

India
Interview with T. Hanumanth Rao, expert on irrigation and water management.
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The Cauvery Dispute

Gain some, lose some

India
Karnataka is relieved over the “manageable” court order directing it to release Cauvery waters at the rate of 2,000 cusecs from October 7 to 18.
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Human Rights

Guilty by suspicion

India
Civil society organisations and individuals have formed the Innocence Network for the falsely accused to “minimise the miscarriage of justice”.

Civic poll schedule set aside

India
High Court order cites non-compliance of rules by State Election Commission.
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When MGR fell ill

India
His Health Minister, H.V. Hande, briefed the press regularly.
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Darjeeling hills

Turf wars

Politics
With elections to the Gorkha Territorial Administration due next year, a bandh by the GJM in the Darjeeling hills means a proxy war against the Trinam
The Cauvery Dispute

Questions over orders

India
The Supreme Court’s jurisdiction in adjudicating on the Cauvery water dispute is ambiguous, with the Centre questioning its constitutional basis and K
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Communalism

Lynched and framed

India
One year after Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched, an FIR has been filed against him and his family members, apparently to harass the family into withdrawing
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Princely states of Pakistan

Books
This volume documents the accession and integration of the princely states of Pakistan, especially Kalat, which forms a large part of Balochistan prov
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Parenting

Family matters

Social Issues
The country needs “parental leave” legislation that will take into account the diverse ways in which families are built and support them.
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Portugal

Hope in times of crisis

World Affairs
The inheritance of Portugal’s 1974 revolution was squandered in the 30 years of neoliberal policies and the past decade of austerity. With the Sociali
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New insights into ancient India

Books
An important contribution to studies on Indian history, with some essays in the collection revisiting old themes and sources and others focussing on n
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Spotlight

Elephant in the room

India
Karnataka is undecided on burning the 22 tonnes of elephant tusks in its possession, though the message from around the world is to destroy ivory st
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Greenspace

Roaring round the year

Environment
The Karnataka government has given the go-ahead to a project that aims to make Jog Falls perennial by pumping water back upstream. But the move has me
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Interview: M.B. Patil

For an equitable assessment

India
Interview with M.B. Patil, Karnataka’s Water Resources Minister.
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SAARC

South Asia and ‘nation-statism’

Lead Story
India’s decision not to join the SAARC summit in Islamabad was a triumph of “nation-statism”. But “SAARC” should be distinguished from “South Asia” a
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Micro politics, micro gains

Books
Identity politics is by nature fissiparous, and whether it dons the form of an association, a club or a vernacular entity, it is inimical to proletari
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Interview: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

‘Cinema is my life’

Cinema
Interview with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, film-maker.
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Cover Story

The strikes & the echo

Lead Story
Tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours in the subcontinent are escalating following India’s “surgical strikes” across the LoC in late Septe
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Indus Waters Treaty

Water as weapon

Lead Story
Neither international law nor the principle of equitable sharing permits the scrapping of the Indus Waters Treaty as a means of retaliation against Pa
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Political reaction

Whipping up a frenzy

Lead Story
The Hindutva brigade has taken it on itself to play political games with the “surgical strikes” across the LoC.
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Maharashtra

Silent storm

India
The numerically dominant Marathas in Maharashtra are staging a silent but powerful protest against what they see as injustice done to them over the ye
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Kashmir

Valley of fear

Lead Story
A war-like situation heightens the uncertainty in Kashmir.
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Syria

Game changer

World Affairs
A year after the Russian military intervention, the Syrian Army and its allies have recaptured large swathes of Syrian territory from the jehadist for
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Reoti Saran Sharma

Voice of humanism

Obituary
The versatile playwright Reoti Saran Sharma (1924-2016) was equally at home with Urdu and Hindi and was known for the rich detailing in his plays and
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Gender Issues

No country for women

Social Issues
Harassment of women in public spaces is a major problem in India that needs urgent addressing.