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25-11-2016

Police state

Bhopal "Encounter"

Briefing

Book cover
Essay

Limits of diplomacy

India
The law on diplomatic practice and behaviour remains uncertain and uncodified; practice abounds in contradictions.
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Short Story

The saga of Sarosadevi

Literature
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Industry

Trusts and control

India
The ownership structure of the Tata group is such that whoever controls the many trusts run by the group controls the business empire.
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The Maldives

Trouble in paradise

World Affairs
President Yameen is unlikely to mend his undemocratic ways as long as he enjoys the tacit or active support of India and China.
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Land Acquisition

Assault on tribal rights

India
The Jharkhand government has promulgated two ordinances to bypass the tribal people’s rights over their land and resources which are guaranteed by the
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Supreme Court guidelines

Violation of doctrine

Lead Story
The Bhopal “encounter” and its aftermath raise the question whether the Madhya Pradesh government is aware of the Supreme Court guidelines to be follo
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NCRB data

Systemic bias

Lead Story
NCRB data and other reports indicate how the most marginalised sections are also the most criminalised.
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Letter from America

Standing Rock’s last stand

World Affairs
Native Americans protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a multibillion venture by a corporation to carry crude and natural gas acr
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Afghanistan

Military quagmire

World Affairs
With the Barack Obama administration keen on retaining a military presence in Afghanistan in the form of permanent military bases, it will be difficul
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Cover Story

Rise of the police state

Lead Story
From Madhya Pradesh to Delhi to Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh, agencies of the BJP governments have literally been on the rampage. The fake encounters, t
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Industry

A coup in the House of Tatas

India
The crisis in the Tata group is not just a boardroom battle between Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry. It is a conflict between two ideas of doing business,
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Rampura

Remembered village

Social Issues
A visit to Kodagahalli, made famous as Rampura by the social anthropologist M.N. Srinivas in his book The Remembered Village, shows how caste relation
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Uttar Pradesh

Advent of Akhilesh

Politics
The emergence of the “Akhilesh factor” in the political space in Uttar Pradesh and the surge in the 43-year-old Chief Minister’s stock within the Sama
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LEGISLATION

Divisive demarcation

India
The Narendra Modi government’s new Citizenship Bill, which seeks to enable non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to acq
Hashimpura

Hashimpura retold

Books
Reading Vibhuti Narain Rai’s Hashimpura 22 May is a nerve-racking experience, but it is a book everyone should read to know how the state denied justi
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Malkangiri encounter

Malkangiri massacre

Lead Story
The killing of 30 Maoists, including some senior leaders, at Malkangiri in Odisha in late October is one of the deadliest encounters involving the Com
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Philippines

Pivot to China

World Affairs
The new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is seen to be moving close to China and appears willing to reverse the military alliance with t
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Bhopal "encounter"

Hollow claims

Lead Story
The official narrative around the “encounter killing” of eight SIMI members in Bhopal throws up more questions than answers and the State’s credibilit
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Punjab

Sidhu’s spin

Politics
The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are trying to reach an electoral understanding with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Awaaz-e-Punjab, but the former BJP MP is
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Chasing the middleman

Books
A searing look at the pervasive role of middlemen in the financial dealings of the country and the nexus between industrialists and politicians.
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World of insects

Books
An authoritative book on insect lives covering a wide range of creatures, some familiar and many unfamiliar.

Poignant tale

Literature
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Essay

Never kill a cow in kaliyuga

India
The ritual and random killing of cattle for food and sacrifice continued long after the Vedic period, possibly up to the Mauryan period, but by the la
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Public health

Zika control, the Ugandan way

India
Uganda’s success in containing the Zika outbreak is the product of a long history of cutting-edge infectious disease research that resulted in the dis
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CBI report on Dantewada

Nailing a lie

Lead Story
The Central Bureau of Investigation’s reports pin the 2011 violence in Dantewada on the police and other security forces.
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Encounter deaths in Gujarat

Getting away with murder

Lead Story
Gujarat’s notoriety for encounter deaths is traced to the period following the 2002 pogrom. Between 2002 and 2006, the police-politician nexus and ext
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Interview: Parvez Alam

‘They were killed in cold blood’

Lead Story
Interview with Parvez Alam, lawyer of the Bhopal accused.
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Fake encounters in Jammu and Kashmir

Matter of routine

Lead Story
The killing of innocent civilians in fake encounters and branding them as foreign mercenaries has been going on in Jammu and Kashmir for close to 27 y
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Interview: Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch

‘Serious concerns about entire operation’

Lead Story
Interview with Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch.
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Arunachal Pradesh

Shrinking green cover

Conservation
Arunachal Pradesh has nearly 60 per cent of its area under forest cover.
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Heritage

Sister Nivedita’s house

India
The house that was her home in Kolkata was for decades practically unnoticed by the public.