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Tamil Nadu election alliances

Marriage of convenience

Politics
With much at stake for both parties, rivals All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam form practical alliances ahead of t
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National capital region

Elusive solution

India
A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court refers to a larger bench the dispute between the Delhi government and the Centre over controlling the National
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Thailand

Palace intrigue

World Affairs
The Thai King bars his sister from contesting the March elections quoting royal tradition, but he does not seem to be constrained by the fact that he
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Rice production

Staying ahead

Data Stories
India is set to lead the rice export market in 2019 too, aided by a rise in production.
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AMU sedition case

Loyalty test

Social Issues
The sedition charges against AMU students show that the university continues to fall prey to right-wing mobs who seize every opportunity to demonise i
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Fitting tribute

Books
A collection of essays published in honour of Utsa Patnaik, one of India’s leading economists, which mirrors her passionate concern for the welfare of
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NGMA Palekar controversy

Art and dissent

General Issues
Amol Palekar’s experience at the NGMA and certain decisions by the gallery are indicative of the current regime’s intolerance of dissent and disdain f

Galaxies galore

Science & Technology
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Rafale deal

Devil in the details

India
The CAG report on the Rafale deal remains silent on several crucial issues, and its meek acceptance of the government’s line of thinking is another tr
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The untold story of Sikkim

Books
This book is by an intelligence officer who was closely involved with the manoeuvres that led to the merger of Sikkim with India. It explains why the
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Engineering defections in Karnataka

Price of deceit

Politics
Former Chief Minister and BJP State leader B.S. Yeddyurappa’s eagerness to topple the H.D. Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka by engineering defectio
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Reality check

Against all odds

Lead Story
The conditions in which the armed forces work and the government’s record of providing rightful benefits to their personnel leave much to be desired.
Martyr status

Martyrs to apathy

Lead Story
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Pulwama attack

Terror next door

Lead Story
With the recent JeM terror attack in Pulwama, relations between India and Pakistan are in for some turbulent times.
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AAP Delhi performance

Mixed bag

Politics
The Aam Aadmi Party and its government in Delhi have not done enough to coalesce people’s initial fervour towards them into long-term solidarity.
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Rafale deal

How not to buy a plane

India
The Rafale saga has all the ingredients of a potboiler: a politician-civil servant nexus, tweaked standards, and the subversion of procurement procedu
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Prashant Bhushan interview

‘Another nail in the Rafale coffin’

India
Interview with Prashant Bhushan, lawyer-activist.
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Citizenship Bill

A tug of war

India
The BJP is determined to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, but regional outfits in the north-eastern States continue to put up a united front aga
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Venezuela

‘The coup is over’

World Affairs
Venezuelan leader Jorge Arreaza says that his government prefers negotiations and peace and wants the permanent coup efforts directed by the United St

‘We ought to agree to disagree’

India
Interview with Amol Palekar.
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CAG report

A whitewash job

India
The CAG resorts to selective use of facts and adopts double standards in order to provide a “clean chit” to the Modi regime.
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Interview: Omar Abdullah

‘Direct fallout of policy failure’

Lead Story
Interview with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.
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Political murders in West Bengal

Blood and gore

India
The murder of a Trinamool MLA in full public view highlights the deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal.
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Interview: A.S. Dulat, former chief of RAW

‘The Kashmir issue is a convenient whipping boy’

Lead Story
Interview with Amarjit Singh Dulat, former chief of RAW.
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Kashmir militancy

Militant surge

Lead Story
The Centre’s “Operation All Out” appears to have escalated home-grown militancy instead of containing it. In 2018, the number of local militants in th
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Report from Kashmir

Living tragedies

Lead Story
From cricket fan to fidayeen, Adil Ahmad Dar, who carried out the deadly attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, exemplifies the alienation of hundreds
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Exhibition

A seaside spectacle

A walk among the art works of the “Sculpture by the Sea” event in Sydney, the world’s largest annual open-air exhibition.
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Love of Tagore

Tagore in Bangladesh

Literature
The love of Tagore remains one of the chief cultural unifiers between the two Bengals; so does the love of the Bengali language, as Tagore predicted i

Twisted logic

C.P. Chandrasekhar
A research paper arguing for flexible labour regulation fails to stand up to critical evaluation that exposes its agenda and method crafted to suit a
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Terror next door

Lead Story
With the recent JeM terror attack in Pulwama, relations between India and Pakistan are in for some turbulent times.