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Mamata Banerjee dharna

Sounding the bugle

Politics
Mamata Banerjee’s dharna to “save the Constitution”, which drew widespread opposition support, has set the stage for the Lok Sabha electoral battle.
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Nothing for Farmers

Crumbs for farmers

Lead Story
Hidden in the Modi government’s Budget promises to India’s farmers, who are in distress, is the admission: we have failed you.
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India's trade with world

Rising trend

Data Stories
India recorded growth in both exports and imports in the April-December period.
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Kumbh Mela

Mela for politics

India
The Yogi Adityanath government gives scant regard to facilities for devotees at the Kumbh Mela; instead, it turns the event into a public relations ex
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Protests in Assam over Citizenship Bill

Assam’s angst

Social Issues
Protests erupt in Assam and other north-eastern States over the passage of the Citizenship Bill as ethnic communities fear that it will replace their
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Jayalalithaa's medical treatment

Record of a lost battle

India
With conspiracy theories doing the rounds over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death, often floated by Ministers and members of the ruling AI
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Venezuela

Creeping coup

World Affairs
In an abortive bid to overthrow the elected government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, the U.S. recognises Juan Guaido as the “interim” President and
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Fiscal deficit

The new fiscal arithmetic

Lead Story
Over the years, the Narendra Modi government has not only window dressed its Budgets but also relied on extra-budgetary resources and off-budget expen
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Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha

Art on the street

Arts & Culture
The Chennai Kalai Theru Vizha, held recently, sought to take the art forms of north Chennai to other parts of the city in an attempt to democratise th
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Chanda Kochhar

Fall of an icon

India
The sacking of Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank’s former CEO and MD, for violating the bank’s code of conduct raises questions about the present-day corpora
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Bullet train project

Trust deficit

India
Despite the best efforts of the rail authorities and Japan’s JICA agency, local residents in Maharashtra are firmly against Narendra Modi’s pet bullet
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Krishna Sobti

A defiant life

Obituary
Krishna Sobti (1925-2019) wrote on a range of issues such as Partition and women’s sexuality and identity with a rare candour and opposed the establis
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Afghanistan

Perilous truce

World Affairs
The U.S. and the Taliban reach a tentative agreement that could finally end the war in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghan
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Michael F. Atiyah

Mathematical bridge-builder

Obituary
Michael F. Atiyah (1929-2019) was a prominent member of the scientific establishment in Britain, where he dominated the mathematical scene and establi
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DHFL scam

Murky dealings

India
Cobrapost’s claims of DHFL having engineered India’s biggest banking scam cast a shadow on the functioning of the NBFC sector.
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Kyasanur Forest Disease

Viral challenge

Health
With Kyasanur forest disease reappearing in new territories, an intensive scientific study is needed to know how the virus enters the forest ecosystem
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Farmers' protest

Rural rumbles

India
Disgruntled farmers plan a concerted protest against the government, posing a formidable challenge to the BJP government when the Lok Sabha election i
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Cash transfer scheme

‘Cash for votes’ scheme

Lead Story
The proposed cash transfer to farmers on election-eve is a poorly imagined scheme that is likely to have little positive impact. An alternative to it
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Measuring women’s work

Books
In this book of collected essays, Professor Devaki Jain constructs an alternative theory of economic life that values work for what it is and moves to
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Interview: R.B. Barman

‘Regular audit of core statistics essential’

Lead Story
Interview with R.B. Barman, former Chairperson, National Statistical Commission.
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ILO Report

World of disquiet

India
In the centenary year of its founding, the ILO releases a report that reflects the disquiet felt among the working classes of the world and suggests a
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Mandir

Literature
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KALIA Rath in Odisha

A game changer

Lead Story
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Election manifesto in disguise

Lead Story
In keeping with its scorn for institutional propriety, the Modi regime presents a full-fledged Budget instead of a vote on account, that too full of t
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"Jumla Budget"

Budgetary charades

Lead Story
Budget 2019-20 is a “jumla”, and little thought has gone into formulating the schemes it has announced such as the largesse to “vulnerable landholding
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Protests & policy

Books
The second volume of Zoya Hasan’s trilogy on policymaking offers valuable insights that enhance our understanding of political developments during the
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A crop for all seasons

Advertorial
Interview with Dr Raju Narayana Swamy, Chairman, Coconut Development Board.
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The political context

Clutching at straws

Lead Story
The political context of the announcements in Budget 2019 is the BJP’s defeat in the recent Assembly elections in the Hindi heartland and its urge to
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Papua New Guinea

On the trail of the bowerbird

G. SHAHEEDWildlife
A team of international birders goes to Papua New Guinea to photograph the endemic flame bowerbird and its mating ritual “dance”.
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Tribute

George Fernandes: Man of extremes

Obituary
George Fernandes’ (1930-2019) personal life and political career saw many highs and lows and this is generally attributed to his mercurial mind.
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Essay

Nana Deshmukh: Bharat Ratna for a FUNDRAISER

India
Nana Deshmukh has been conferred the Bharat Ratna for 2019. He neither enriched Parliament nor the public platform nor the press with his contribution