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COVER STORY

17-03-2017

Communal card

Modi and Amit Shah

Briefing

Interview: Keshav Prasad Maurya

‘There is no sectarian plan’

Interview with Keshav Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh unit president of the BJP.
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

‘People can see through the twisting of facts’

Interview with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Cover Story

Communal twist

The Bharatiya Janata Party plays the communal card in Uttar Pradesh, indicating that desperation has begun to consume the party as the Assembly election process progresses.
Interview: Sudhindra Bhadoria

‘No truck with the BJP’

DIVYA TRIVEDI Cover Story
Interview with BSP spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria.
West Bengal

Striking fear

Two Bills passed recently by the West Bengal Assembly, one to crush any voice of opposition and the other to wrest complete control of government-aided institutions of higher education, reflect the Trinamool Congress government’s authoritarian tendencies.
Pakistan

Tentacles of terror

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The growing terrorist threat in Pakistan and Afghanistan is blamed on the Pakistani political-military establishment’s encouragement of terror groups that are amenable to its guidance and support.
Health care

For affordable stents

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI The Nation
The fixing of ceiling prices for stents is much delayed and is at best a piecemeal intervention in a health-care industry that continues to remain unconscionably unregulated.
Israel-Palestine

Receding hope

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
Donald Trump expresses support for a one-state solution, which would mean the permanent subjugation of the Palestinian people and accelerated alienation from their homeland.
Trump

Game of thrones

VIJAY PRASHAD World Affairs
It was perhaps reasonable for Trump to consider what the Americans call a “reset” on its policy with Russia. But now it would be too suspicious if Trump strikes a deal with the Russians.
Interview: Audrey Truschke

‘They want to treat Aurangzeb as a political football’

The Nation
Interview with Audrey Truschke, the author of “Aurangzeb: The Man and The Myth”.
Tamil Nadu

Keezhadi dig to continue

The Nation
ON February 20, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) granted permission in writing to its Superintending Archaeologist, K. Amarnath Ramakrishna, ...
West Bengal

Brand Ambassador may yet survive

The Nation
THE iconic Ambassador car got a fresh lease of life after the French carmaker Peugeot of the Groupe PSA bought the Ambassador brand from Hindustan ...

Wicked loans & bad banks

C.P. Chandrasekhar
THE crisis created by non-performing assets (NPAs) on the balance sheets of commercial banks, especially those in the public sector, does not go away.
Interview: Keshav Prasad Maurya

‘There is no sectarian plan’

Interview with Keshav Prasad Maurya, Uttar Pradesh unit president of the BJP.
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

‘People can see through the twisting of facts’

Interview with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Legality of Floor Test

Vote under a cloud

V. VENKATESAN Politics
The power to choose the method of floor test lies with the Speaker. However, issues such as the confinement of AIADMK MLAs in the days prior to the floor test and the eviction of DMK members may justify judicial intervention.
Sasikala in control

Last resort

From being herded into a resort at Koovathur to gathering at Fort St. George, the seat of power in Tamil Nadu, for the confidence vote in the Assembly, AIADMK MLAs dutifully followed party general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s plan of action.
Philosophy

Unconquerable mind

ASIM KUMAR MUKHERJEE Arts & Culture
A look at Ludwig Wittgenstein, the redoubtable genius of freethinking and fearless challenger of blinkered theoreticians.
D.A. case

A trial of two decades

The timeline of the “disproportionate assets” case against Jayalalithaa reveals the evasive tactics she employed to delay the trial and the verdict.
Disproportionate Assets case

The last word

It took two decades for the judiciary to bring the disproportionate assets case against Jayalalithaa to closure, but, in the end, the Supreme Court hit the nail on the head.
Aurangzeb

New perspectives on Aurangzeb

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
Academics and history writers are looking afresh at the regnal years of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb to show him as being less tyrannical than he was thought to be while he continues to live in popular memory as a bigot who destroyed temples and imposed the jizya on non-Muslims.
Interview: Akeel Bilgrami

On fascism and the ‘movement vacuum’

KUNAL SHANKAR The Nation
Interview with Akeel Bilgrami, professor of philosophy at Columbia University.
West Bengal

Striking fear

Two Bills passed recently by the West Bengal Assembly, one to crush any voice of opposition and the other to wrest complete control of government-aided institutions of higher education, reflect the Trinamool Congress government’s authoritarian tendencies.
Health care

For affordable stents

T.K. RAJALAKSHMI The Nation
The fixing of ceiling prices for stents is much delayed and is at best a piecemeal intervention in a health-care industry that continues to remain unconscionably unregulated.
Governor's role

Constitution & successions

A.G. NOORANI Politics
It is hard to question the procedure that was followed by the Governor in Tamil Nadu, harder, still, to be pleased with the result.

MLAs in zenana

Politics
INDIA’S hyperactive Supreme Court, oppressed by rising arrears, has time for burning issues such as the national anthem. But it has turned a Nelson’s ...
Tamil Nadu

Tragedy and farce

In an action-filled fortnight, the Supreme Court sends V.K. Sasikala to prison but her family takes control of the ruling party in Tamil Nadu and her Chief Minister wins a trust vote in a riotous environment. More fireworks are on the cards.
Maharashtra civic elections

BJP’s show

LYLA BAVADAM Politics
The Shiv Sena gets more seats in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, but the BJP emerges the winner in the civic elections in Maharashtra.
Assembly Elections: Manipur

The Naga factor

Suspicions about the contents of the Framework Agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(I-M) rankle the people of Manipur even as the ruling Congress and the BJP try to woo voters.