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Japan

For military muscle

World Affairs
Japan increases its military spending steeply to keep pace with China’s growing military might and avoid a trade war with the U.S.
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Science congress

Science circus

Science & Technology
The level of acceptable science presented at the Indian Science Congress sessions is so low that no significant deliberations emerge from them; this i
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Diary from Trumpland

Destroying government

World Affairs
In his two years in office, President Donald Trump has eroded public faith in several state institutions. What remains to be cut down to size is the j
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Sabarimala

Politics at play

Lead Story
The temple entry of two women below 50 at Sabarimala and a women’s wall in support of progressive values strengthen the Left Democratic Front’s hand i
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Bangladesh election

Free and fair?

World Affairs
Critics believe that the ruling alliance swept the December 30 elections in Bangladesh by using the government machinery to its advantage.
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Brazil

On the rampage

World Affairs
President Jair Bolsonaro goes about trampling on the rights of indigenous communities, casting aside environmental laws and tinkering with the educati
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Bangladesh

Daunting challenges

World Affairs
Sheikh Hasina returns to power with a landslide victory in the parliamentary election in Bangladesh, but the challenges before her are manifold.
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Tribute to Mrinal Sen

Last of the legends

Cinema
Mrinal Sen (1923-2018) was an unorthodox icon who broke rules and pushed boundaries, carving out his own path to immortality.
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Kannada short story

Imprints of Little Feet

Literature
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Citizenship Bill

Subverting an accord

India
Protests rock Assam and other north-eastern States as the Centre plans to amend citizenship laws in order to grant legitimacy to illegal immigrants.
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Public sector

Running down HAL

Economy
HAL, a public sector Navaratna, stares at a bleak future as its order book dwindles and its cash reserves are raided by the Central government.
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Reservation

Zero-sum game

Social Justice
The 10 per cent reservation for the “economically weaker sections” is hailed by ruling and opposition parties alike, but experts raise doubts over its
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History of a distinct culture

Books
The meticulously researched book covers a whole gamut of themes, touching upon many aspects of the cultural history of Bengal.
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CBI controversy

Back in the cage

India
The Supreme Court’s objective to free the Central Bureau of Investigation of extraneous influence may have come a cropper with the High Powered Commit
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Maharashtra forests

Vanishing forests

Conservation
Protected forests and ecologically sensitive areas are being lost to development projects in Maharashtra, resulting in the fragmentation of forests an
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Tribute

A man of courage & conviction

Obituary
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya’s (1938-2019) writings covered a number of themes and spoke of his vision of the vast expanse of history.
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Interview: Udit Raj

‘Time to end this discriminatory practice’

Lead Story
Interview with Udit Raj, BJP MP.
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Legends about Sabarimala

Manufactured legends

Lead Story
The legends about Sabarimala now being presented as history were manufactured by upper-caste worshippers who snatched the shrine from tribal people an
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Civil aviation

Flying high

Data Stories
The aviation business in India continues to post healthy growth on the back of a rise in the number of domestic and outbound passengers.
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Opinion

Assault on the Constitution

Lead Story
The violent agitation by political parties against women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple exposes their disregard for the Constitution.
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Fight for equal opportunity

Leap of faith

Lead Story
Emboldened by the Supreme Court verdict lifting the restriction on women’s entry into the Sabarimala temple, Muslim women in Kerala demand equal oppor
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Tradition and religion

Invention of tradition

Lead Story
Tradition, often used to legitimise practices of religious inclusion and exclusion, is not a monolithic given but is shaped by social contexts. It has
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Review petitions

Seeking reversal

Lead Story
Review petitions before the Supreme Court raise several grounds to justify reconsideration of the judgment setting aside the bar on women of menstruat
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Legal perspective

Threat to rule of law

Lead Story
When populism and electoral politics overweigh constitutionalism, the nation falls into a deep crisis.
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Adviser’s account

Books
An insightful collection of writings and speeches of Arvind Subramanian when he was Chief Economic Adviser in India.
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Essay

A dubious Constitution

India
The Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir is not legally valid because it was enacted by an Assembly that had been installed through a coup by the Centre in
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The failed promise of jobs

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The Modi government claims to have moved into the league of the fastest growing economies but it is well short of the target on employment as recent d

State deception

Conservation