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Briefing

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Rhetoric and reality

Lead Story
In the wake of the air strikes in Balakot, the nation is caught between warmongering right-wing political leaders and media on one side and a question
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Article 35A

What Article 35A implies

Lead Story
Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy is guaranteed by Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Its people’s ancient rights are guaranteed by Article 35A, which
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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's release

Return of a hero

Lead Story
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International Reverberations

Diplomatic slugfest

Lead Story
As war clouds gather over Kashmir post Pulwama, India achieves some of its diplomatic goals but Pakistan is far from being ostracised by the internati
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Cinema

Oscar & half-truths

India
For all the positivity garnered by Period. End of Sentence, the Oscar award-winning documentary, its factual inaccuracies and politics of appropriatio
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Electrification

Doubtful claim

India
The Modi government’s declaration of electrification of all villages in 25 States, while not taking into account the work done by earlier governments,
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Folklorist’s tale

Books
The lore of an unknown commander of Tipu Sultan told in a blurry mix of the real and the imagined.
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Enterprise and change

Books
A riveting account of the changing social profile of Indian industry, the book warns that the arrival of consolidation and the requirement of huge cap
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Venezuela

Refusing to yield

World Affairs
Political mobilisation defines the Venezuelan government’s current strategy as it resolutely battles economic sanctions by the United States and its a
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Thoothukudi firing

Revealing report

India
Post-mortem reports on the victims of police violence in Thoothukudi last year reveal disturbing information about the nature of the firings and the i
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U.S.-North Korea

Elusive deal

World Affairs
Talks between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un break down at the summit meeting in Hanoi, but there is hope that the two leaders will c
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Nigeria

Crown of thorns

World Affairs
President Muhammadu Buhari beats anti-incumbency feelings to win a second term, but the state of the economy and the law and order situation in the co
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A jewel in the desert

Khiva in Uzbekistan is a living museum of stunning architecture built on an ancient oasis town watered by innovative irrigation systems rising above s
Media Reception

Playing to the gallery

Lead Story
Post Balakot, jingoism and knee-jerk bellicosity have dominated the media discourse. With the narrative having shifted to “either you are with us or w
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The Deep state and war

Beyond Balakot

Lead Story
The pursuit of a military option, or an outright war with Pakistan, to resolve the Kashmir issue will only push it further away from a solution.
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Anil Ambani Group

In a sinking ship

India
Anil Ambani and his group of companies are in a downward spiral that could jeopardise the investments of millions of shareholders.
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Adhesives

The science of peeling adhesive tape

Science & Technology
Cancer treatment

Antarctic fungi to help treat leukemia

Science & Technology
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The Grammy Awards

A black new wave

Music
The Grammy Awards finally recognises the global appeal and significance of the quietly radical and deeply political music genre called Alt R&B.
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Forest Rights

In the fear of eviction

India
The Supreme Court’s February 13 eviction order, which has been kept in abeyance, hangs like a sword of Damocles over lakhs of forest dwellers.
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Big boost to aquaculture

Advertorial
Interview with K.S. Srinivas, Chairman of MPEDA.
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Tribute to Namvar Singh

Stalwart of Hindi criticism

Obituary
Namvar Singh was a tall figure in the world of Hindi literature, and the debates his works engendered kept the critical and creative landscape of Hind
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Particle Physics

New experiment to look for dark matter

Science & Technology
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Minimum wages

Bare minimum

Social Justice
The expert committee of the Ministry of Labour and Employment appointed to fix the national minimum wage ignores accepted criteria and arrives at a fi
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MPEDA

Rapid strides

Advertorial
In the face of continued uncertainties in the global seafood trade, India has retained its position as a leading supplier of frozen shrimp and frozen
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Report from Kashmir

Keeping the conflict alive

Lead Story
The Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s policies, including Operation All Out, have only led to further political marginalisation and alienation of Kas
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First Poems

Literature
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Interview: Mehbooba Mufti

‘I always insisted on dialogue with Pakistan’

Lead Story
Interview with PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti.

Housing market mayhem

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The decision to do away with input tax credit and reduce GST rates on housing will, it is hoped, bring down real estate prices and resolve the problem
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India-Pakistan trade

Weakening trade ties

Lead Story
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan will worsen the already-strained trade ties between the two neighbours.