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COVER STORY

28-09-2018

Muzzling dissent

arrest of activists

Briefing

Activists' arrest

Offensive strategy

The arrests of five social activists by the Pune Police show that the Sangh Parivar is aggressively pushing ahead with the “nationalism versus sedition” game plan to divert attention from the failures of the Modi government on multiple fronts.
Bhagavan interview

‘Why should I feel scared?’

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
Interview with Prof. K.S. Bhagavan.
Jignesh Mevani interview

‘It is part of a Brahmanical agenda’

ZIYA US SALAM Cover Story
Interview with Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.
Activists' arrest

Fighters for rights

Cover Story
The five prominent persons targeted recently by the Maharashtra police come from various walks of life but have a common thread connecting them: they have been fighting for the rights of the underprivileged and the vulnerable in different parts of the country.

Double standards

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
The contrast in the handling of the cases of social activists arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad and those relating to the investigation ...

Sitting targets

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
With its political compulsion to woo Dalits, contain the growing Maratha resentment and protect its upper-caste base, the BJP government goes after the Elgar Parishad activists and allows the real perpetrators of the Bhima Koregaon riots to walk free.

In pursuit of justice

V. Venkatesan Cover Story
The petition filed by five eminent persons against the arrests of the activists aims to highlight the gross abuse of police power intended at stifling independent voices.

Dark clouds

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
With the murders of Gauri Lankesh and M.M. Kalburgi, many people feel that there is an oppressive climate in Karnataka that is stifling of freedom of expression.

Caste equations

Vanniyars, a Most Backward Caste (MBC) group, and Dalit Parayars constitute about 80 per cent of the farming community in the districts of ...

Making of a ‘green’ highway

Nearly 70 per cent of the land required for the expressway is fertile farmland.
Chennai-Salem Expressway

Cloud over compensation

Confusion prevails over fixing compensation for acquisition of land for development, leaving scores of farmers in the lurch.
Gender Issues

End of an unjust law

The Supreme Court finally decriminalises Section 377 of the IPC, granting the LGBTQI community the right to equality and dignity guaranteed by the Constitution.
Natural Disaster

Mountain of a task

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
With thousands of flood refugees finding it hard to return to their homes in view of waterlogging, lack of sanitation and clean drinking water and the outbreak of diseases, Kerala launches a funds mobilisation drive to begin the gargantuan task of rebuilding its infrastructure and economy.
Archaeology

Royal burial in Sanauli

The recent ASI excavation at Sanauli village in western Uttar Pradesh leads to the discovery of several burials, including that of a royal with chariots, swords and helmets, dating to 2000 BCE and belonging to the copper hoard culture.
Pakistan

Tough test

John Cherian World Affairs
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s promise of a “naya Pakistan” will have to be put on hold in view of a paucity of funds coupled with the United States’ threat to veto an emergency IMF bailout.
Diary from Trumpland

New equations

VIJAY PRASHAD World Affairs
As Trump, with an eye on the next presidential election, tries to renegotiate trade treaties with neighbours and tinker with the WTO, it is in the interests of China and the E.U. to come together.
Essay

Politics of history

A.G. Noorani Communalism
The Sangh Parivar is at war with India’s history, which is in no small measure aided by the British rulers’ interpretations and interventions. The Somnath temple and Babri Masjid controversies are cases in point.
Protests in Delhi

Growing discontent

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
IT was a unique display of strength, resilience and determination. On September 5, nearly one and a half lakh workers, including agricultural workers ...
West Bengal bridge collapse

Flyover collapse and many questions

The collapse of the Majerhat bridge, one of the busiest flyovers of Kolkata, has once again exposed gross negligence on the part of the Trinamool ...
Kerala Floods

Dams in distress

James Wilson Environment
Amid accusations that the Kerala floods were a man-made disaster, it is important to take a close look at the structural limitations of the State’s river basins and other issues such as topography, water and power needs, and extreme event predictions.

‘The BJP seems to be a national calamity’

Cover Story
Interview with Justice P.B. Sawant. By T.K. Rajalakshmi

Dalit dissent

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
DRACONIAN laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and the National Security Act (NSA) and charges of sedition are increasingly ...

Double standards

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
The contrast in the handling of the cases of social activists arrested in connection with the Elgar Parishad and those relating to the investigation ...

Sitting targets

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
With its political compulsion to woo Dalits, contain the growing Maratha resentment and protect its upper-caste base, the BJP government goes after the Elgar Parishad activists and allows the real perpetrators of the Bhima Koregaon riots to walk free.

In pursuit of justice

V. Venkatesan Cover Story
The petition filed by five eminent persons against the arrests of the activists aims to highlight the gross abuse of police power intended at stifling independent voices.

Dark clouds

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
With the murders of Gauri Lankesh and M.M. Kalburgi, many people feel that there is an oppressive climate in Karnataka that is stifling of freedom of expression.
Essay

Politics of history

A.G. Noorani Communalism
The Sangh Parivar is at war with India’s history, which is in no small measure aided by the British rulers’ interpretations and interventions. The Somnath temple and Babri Masjid controversies are cases in point.
Protests in Delhi

Growing discontent

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
IT was a unique display of strength, resilience and determination. On September 5, nearly one and a half lakh workers, including agricultural workers ...
West Bengal bridge collapse

Flyover collapse and many questions

The collapse of the Majerhat bridge, one of the busiest flyovers of Kolkata, has once again exposed gross negligence on the part of the Trinamool ...
Kerala Floods

Dams in distress

James Wilson Environment
Amid accusations that the Kerala floods were a man-made disaster, it is important to take a close look at the structural limitations of the State’s river basins and other issues such as topography, water and power needs, and extreme event predictions.
Assam immigration issues

Migrants and beyond

Harekrishna Deka Social Issues
Against Assam’s chequered history of illegal immigrants, the recent campaigns against the updating of the National Register of Citizens are seen as attempts to communalise the exercise and overlook the historical loss of political and economic space suffered by its indigenous people.
Anti-Trafficking Bill

Drafted in a vacuum

By Divya Trivedi Social Justice
There are serious concerns over the efficacy of the Anti-Trafficking Bill, which neither addresses the root causes of trafficking nor provides for protection and rehabilitation of victims.
West Bengal violence

Prolonged violence

The local body elections in West Bengal saw violence and killings right from April, when the filing of nominations began. Bloody conflict has erupted ...
Chennai-Salem Expressway

Road and ruin

A greenfield expressway corridor passing through five northern districts of Tamil Nadu threatens to affect 159 villages, dispossessing farmers of their fertile land and leaving them with no means of earning a livelihood.

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