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COVER STORY

08-12-2017

Gujarat battle lines

Gujarat Assembly elections preview

Briefing

Unemployment

Rising discontent

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
The unprecedented economic slowdown in Gujarat coupled with high unemployment levels could hurt the BJP's prospects in the elections.
The caste question

Caste on top

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Caste has always been important in Gujarat’s electoral politics. Now, with several social groups speaking up for their rights and against perceived injustices, caste equations have infused uncertainty into the 2017 Assembly elections.

Gujarat's battle lines

The BJP juggernaut with its propaganda about the Gujarat model of development has been brought up short by new players in the State’s electoral battle in 2017.
Farming & Fisheries sector

Sweet promise

AKSHAY DESHMANE Cover Story
Narendra Modi’s promise of a sweet revolution and a blue revolution to enhance the incomes of farmers and fishermen in Gujarat is an unconvincing chimera, given the allegations of environmental violation by the Adani Group’s Mundra port project.

Curzon’s warning

Books
“…I find a fundamental disagreement among the authorities quoted there as to the scope and nature of their aim. A ‘national home for the Jewish race ...
Letters

Letter to the editor

Letters
Demonetisation THOSE who had money that was not accounted for used dubious methods to get over the hurdles demonetisation posed to convert it ...
Puerto Rico

Ruined infrastructure and a refugee crisis

Two months after two hurricanes hit Puerto Rico, the island nation continues to be plagued by collapsed infrastructure, widespread power failure and fears of a health crisis, even as residents leave en masse for the U.S. mainland.

The fiction of nonfiction

Sashi Kumar
IN his Charles Eliot Norton lectures delivered in the early 1990s at Harvard University, subsequently compiled as Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, ...
The caste question

Caste on top

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover Story
Caste has always been important in Gujarat’s electoral politics. Now, with several social groups speaking up for their rights and against perceived injustices, caste equations have infused uncertainty into the 2017 Assembly elections.

Gujarat's battle lines

The BJP juggernaut with its propaganda about the Gujarat model of development has been brought up short by new players in the State’s electoral battle in 2017.
Farming & Fisheries sector

Sweet promise

AKSHAY DESHMANE Cover Story
Narendra Modi’s promise of a sweet revolution and a blue revolution to enhance the incomes of farmers and fishermen in Gujarat is an unconvincing chimera, given the allegations of environmental violation by the Adani Group’s Mundra port project.
Reminiscences

The world through a village

P. SAINATH Literature
Melanmai Ponnusamy, one of the most authentic literary voices of the countryside, passed away on October 30. Living in his isolated village in Virudhunagar district, Tamil Nadu, he predicted the present crisis in agriculture way back in 1993. Text & photographs
Documentary

Remembering Begum Akhtar

Nirmal Chander’s documentary focusses on the essentials of Begum Akhtar’s music and her rise to greatness in the feudal ambience of pre-Independence U.P.
Interview

'All Indians have the right to speak for the Mahatma'

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
Interview with Tushar Arun Gandhi.
New faces

Three challengers

Cover Story
Three young leaders, Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani, determined to dethrone the BJP in Gujarat, have already changed the politics of the State, which has seen unchallenged rule by the party for over two decades.
This fortnight

End of Mugabe era

Politics
THE Robert Mugabe era in Zimbabwean politics seems to be finally over. The 93-year-old leader had plenty of opportunities to leave gracefully but he ...
Preoccupations

Chinese calculations

Jayati Ghosh
THE global financial media are always on the lookout for signs of an impending financial crisis in China, and the dark prognostications about the ...
Economic Perspectives

Online shopping frenzy

C.P. Chandrasekhar
IN an otherwise gloomy world economic environment, a new kind of record has given the media a bizarre cause to cheer: the value of online sales ...
Saudi Arabia

Saudi intrigues

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The purge of the Saudi royal family, camouflaged as an anti-corruption drive, has torn apart its erstwhile unity, while the forced resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister has reinforced the battle lines in the volatile neighbourhood.
Jnanpith

Writing without a full stop

ZIYA US SALAM Literature
The nonagenarian Hindi writer Krishna Sobti has been awarded the 53rd Jnanpith Award.

Gujarat's battle lines

The BJP juggernaut with its propaganda about the Gujarat model of development has been brought up short by new players in the State’s electoral battle in 2017.
Farming & Fisheries sector

Sweet promise

AKSHAY DESHMANE Cover Story
Narendra Modi’s promise of a sweet revolution and a blue revolution to enhance the incomes of farmers and fishermen in Gujarat is an unconvincing chimera, given the allegations of environmental violation by the Adani Group’s Mundra port project.
Controversy

The past as present

ZIYA US SALAM The Nation
The attacks on medieval Muslim rulers by the Hindu right wing constitute not only an attempt to rewrite the past but also to interpret the present in a way that demonises Muslims and their culture.
Spotlight

A family finds its sepoy son

Srikantaraj Urs, a sepoy in the 1st Mysore Infantry regiment of the princely state of Mysore, died fighting on the side of British India in Singapore, but his family found final closure 72 years later, on February 26, when they traced his final resting place to the Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore.
Freedom of Expression

Stifling dissent

The arrest of a cartoonist and the detention and torture of an anti-nuclear activist without a warrant are only the latest instances of the Tamil Nadu government’s low level of tolerance of dissent in any form.

Bose in Singapore

FOR Subhas Chandra Bose, violent armed struggle was an option unlike the non-violent creed of the Mahatma Gandhi-led Congress in attaining ...