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Venezuela

Against all odds

World Affairs
Venezuela braves the challenges posed by a hostile opposition backed by the United States and right-wing governments in the region as Nicolas Maduro i
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Diary from Trumpland

‘Ceasefire’ and beyond

World Affairs
The official-level trade negotiations that followed the truce on the U.S.-China tariff wars have not made headway, but the two sides are willing to st
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Kader Khan

Multifaceted genius

Obituary
Moviegoers may remember Kader Khan most for his slapstick humour and his villain roles, but his was a many-splendoured talent enriched by his scholars
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Nuclear waste

Deep down a drill hole

Science & Technology
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Sedition cases over the years

Thin-skinned state

Lead Story
A look at some of the sedition cases that have made the headlines over the years.
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The Titan way

Books
An account of the making of an Indian company that has kept pace with the times.
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Interview: Hiren Gohain

‘A Kafkaesque mixture’

Lead Story
Interview with the noted public intellectual Hiren Gohain.
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Sugar industry

Bitter aftertaste

Agriculture
As unrest prevails in the sugar belt of Maharashtra over non-payment of farmers’ dues, political parties have been quick to capitalise on the crisis i
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Interview: Manish Tewari

‘Fine-tune the law or repeal it’

Lead Story
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Interview: Anushka Singh

Demystifying sedition

Lead Story
Interview with Anushka Singh, sedition law expert.
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Genetics and law

Books
The book unravels the philosophical, legal and ethical challenges posed by genetic research.
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His music, his life

Books
This fictionalised narrative portrays Ustad Vilayat Khan as an individual and a musician, often stressing on the contradictory nature of these selves.
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Defence

L’affaire Rafale

India
As the controversy over the Rafale deal continues to simmer, the question is whether it will turn out to be Narendra Modi’s Bofors.
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Caste as capital

Books
The book makes important observations on the relevance of caste affinities for minority caste groups, such as the Padma Saliyars, whose trade interest
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Instrument of oppression

Lead Story
The charge sheet against 10 persons in the JNU case brings into focus the sharp rise in sedition cases filed in recent years, which can be attributed
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Filing of the charge sheet

Desperate charge

Lead Story
The filing of the charge sheet in the JNU sedition case three years after the incidents in the university is an attempt to build a narrative of “us vs
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The Tamil Nadu situation

Muffled voices

Lead Story
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Kodanadu Estate break-in

Murder mystery

India
A video released to the media on the murder and burglary at former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu Estate four months after her death makes sta
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Interlinking of rivers

A pipe dream

General Issues
The interlinking of rivers is an ill-conceived, ruinously expensive, technically questionable, ecologically devastating and socially disruptive nation
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Foreign trade

Robust trade

Data Stories
With a strong and balanced export-import trade in the first eight months of the current fiscal, the European Union continues to be India’s largest tra
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Interview: Aamer Hussein

‘I don’t long for roots’

Literature
Interview with the Pakistani short story writer Aamer Hussein.
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Kolkata opposition Rally

Call from Kolkata

Politics
The show of opposition unity in Kolkata at Mamata Banerjee’s call has clearly made the BJP jittery, though competitive political ambitions among the p
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U.K.

Historic defeat

World Affairs
Well before Brexit day, March 29 at 11 p.m., the toll the issue is taking on the United Kingdom has been sharp, enduring and devastating.
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘It should be scrapped’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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"Resort" Politics in Karnataka

High drama again

Politics
In a repeat of the events after the Assembly elections last year, Karnataka is witnessing “resort” politics following attempts at horse-trading.
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Essay

Right to listen in person

India
The refusal of a visa can be struck down if it is on the face of it arbitrary or violative of an international treaty or of the state’s own citizens.
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Devadasis

Lives on the margin

Social Issues
Devadasis live a life of discrimination on the periphery of village society in north Karnataka. A new report and model legislation prepared by the NLS
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Interview: Anand Teltumbde

Anand Teltumbde: ‘Majoritarian agenda’

Lead Story
Interview with the Dalit scholar Anand Teltumbde.
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Politics of Nationalism

Creating the enemy

Lead Story
The politics of “nationalism versus sedition” is a Sangh Parivar project to essentially divert attention from the failures of the government and enthu
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Economic Perspectives

Misplaced disinvestment

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The NDA government’s disinvestment programme is turning out to be one in which surpluses are wrung out of public sector enterprises in order to suppor