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23-12-2016

Unkindest cut

Tearing asunder lives

Briefing

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Tribute

Fidel Castro: Revolutionary legacy

World Affairs
No other Communist leader in the post-Second World War period had such an internationalist vision as Castro.
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Tribute

‘Fidel’s vision will live on’

World Affairs
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Tribute

Fidel Castro: Soldier of socialism

World Affairs
Fidel Castro, who defended the values of the revolution that he led in his country and extended his moral and material support to the forces of progre
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Fidel Castro

Valediction for the Comandante

World Affairs
Fidel Castro’s vision was at the root of what his comrades and then increasingly larger numbers of his compatriots began to aspire for. Fidel, the ori
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Informal sector

Livelihoods in peril

Lead Story
The devastating impact on the informal economy, which has strong links with the formal economy, may have catastrophic implications for society as a wh
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Wildlife initiatives

Books
On the excellent model of wildlife reintroduction and conservation practices of the Kanha Tiger Reserve.
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Agricultural growth

Brakes on the rural economy

Lead Story
Demonetisation is likely to adversely affect agricultural growth and shrink rural incomes and consumer demand. It has already created a serious credib
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Agriculture: State reports

Down and out

Lead Story
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Kashmir

The Kashmir difference

Lead Story
Weather and violence have always made Kashmiris prepare for a rainy day; demonetisation was just another storm that passed the State without having an
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Cooperatives

Blocked artery

Lead Story
Kerala is worried about the demonetisation drive’s impact on its cooperative banks and societies which form the backbone of the State’s rural economy.
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After the Arab Spring

Books
A well-timed effort at explaining why the dreams of the Arab Spring were crushed and why the West Asia and North Africa region is now experiencing suc
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Reality check

Modi’s ‘model villages’

India
The adverse impact of demonetisation has not spared the two villages adopted by the development man in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.
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Rural banking

Bankless, cashless

Lead Story
Banking operations in rural areas have come to a grinding halt, and even three weeks after the demonetisation announcement there seemed to be no respi

Shock and death

Lead Story
The impact of the announcement banning notes on the common man’s life has been so severe that it pushed scores of them to the point of death.
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Informal sector: State reports

Lives put on hold

Lead Story
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Severe slowdown

Lead Story
Small manufacturers in Maharashtra who operate on cash may close shop. This will lead to retrenchment.
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Industry

Corporate, not cashless

Lead Story
Corporate India consists of many small and medium units that need cash to pay workers, buy inputs and distribute goods. Hence, the currency shortage h
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What people say

Voices from the villages

India
What some farmers and agricultural workers at the All India Kisan Sabha rally in New Delhi on November 24 had to say.
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Interview: A.K. Padmanabhan, CITU

‘Government claims made as an afterthought’

Lead Story
Interview with A.K. Padmanabhan, president, Centre of Indian Trade Unions.
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Legal issues

Legal challenges

Lead Story
When the government declared high-denomination currency notes as not being legal tender in 1978, it did so through an Ordinance. In contrast, the Nove
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Memoirs

A youth icon

World Affairs
Vivan Sundaram recounts his “exceptional experience” at the World Youth Festival in Havana in 1978.
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Interview: Hannan Mollah, AIKS

Compounding a crisis

Lead Story
Interview with Hannan Mollah of the AIKS.
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Cover story

A nation in agony

Lead Story
Narendra Modi’s "surgical strike on black money" through demonetisation tears asunder the lives of vast sections of the poor, promoting a gi
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Interview: Utsa Patnaik

‘Government has confiscated the poorest sections’ wages and working capital’

Lead Story
Interview with Utsa Patnaik, professor emerita of economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
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Perspective

Money and social contract

Lead Story
We are now in relatively uncharted economic territory in India. But this also means that we may be entering an entirely new phase of our social contra
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Political fallout

Political rollercoaster

Lead Story
The seemingly never-ending glitches in the demonetisation drive and the pressure of expectations from the ground seem to be pushing the government int
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Demonetisation

Bearing the brunt

Data Stories
Demonetisation has thrown into disarray the livelihoods and incomes of informal workers, who account for the bulk of the labour force.