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Briefing

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INSTITUTIONS

Executive steamroller

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Institutions of the Indian state faced their worst challenge during the Narendra Modi years. The Planning Commission has been replaced with the NITI A
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Overview

Five years of betrayal

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There is disenchantment all around five years after Narendra Modi came to power with a huge popular mandate, won on tall promises. But the seller of f
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Corruption

Behind the veneer

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A number of deals struck by Modi’s government and his cronies undermine his claims about providing a corruption-free government and protecting nationa
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Narendra Modi

Shadow of fascism

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The Modi years have witnessed an authoritarian imposition upon society by an increasingly centralised state, the setting up of one segment of society
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SMALL INDUSTRY

Spanner in the works

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From powerlooms in Bhiwandi, knitwear in Tiruppur and fireworks in Sivakasi to MSMEs in Ghaziabad, small industry across India, hit by demonetisation
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MGNREGS

Choking a lifeline

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Underfunding, delayed payment of wages and arbitrary rationing of work have over the years systematically stymied the rural employment guarantee schem
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EDUCATION: DELHI

The Delhi difference

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The Kejriwal government’s focus on building infrastructure, teacher development and bringing a qualitative improvement in government schools is someth
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Trendsetting fiction

Books
Modernist Malayalam short fiction by Kakanadan, set in the avenues and gullies of Delhi of the 1960s, now in English translation.
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Editor's Note

Sound and fury

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Development

Numbers don’t lie

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A reality check on the Modi government’s achievements in five years in comparison with the 60-month periods of the previous three administrations: NDA
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Algeria

Arab Spring moment?

World Affairs
Algeria faces its moment of truth, with civil society and the opposition protesting against the government and the power behind it, Le Pouvoir.
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Agriculture: Odisha

Relief in Odisha

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Agriculture

Everybody loves a farmer

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The cash transfer schemes the Narendra Modi government and several State governments have announced to woo the peasantry ahead of the election, like
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The pulse of Indian democracy

Books
A survey of the advances in Indian psephology that also reveals serious flaws in Indian electoral practices.
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Public health

A better option in Kerala

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Instead of underwriting the flawed AB-PMJAY, Kerala opts to bring together its various insurance and financial assistance schemes and launch an improv
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Child welfare

Left in the lurch

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Anganwadis, which provide crucial support to children belonging to economically backward and marginalised communities, have been hit hard by the reduc
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Interview: Jignesh Mevani

‘Five years have been oppressive, scary’

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Interview with Jignesh Mevani, Dalit leader and MLA.
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Manual scavenging

Feet of clay

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Despite the Clean India campaign and a 2013 Act that expressly prohibits manual scavenging, there has been no effort to prosecute violators of the law
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Demonetisation

A terror strike

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Narendra Modi’s demonetisation, unprecedented in global economic history, is likely to have fundamentally altered Indians’ expectation of stability of
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Pollachi case

Sex and sleaze

India
What first appeared on social media as video clips of a sexual assault lead to the expose of a major sex racket, with alleged political connections, i
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Agriculture: Uttar Pradesh

Falling incomes

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An agricultural crisis in Uttar Pradesh has farmers who voted for the BJP in 2014 frustrated and angry.
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Community and dance

Books
This book uses fiction as a means to tell the history of Bharatanatyam and the devadasi community that once served as its torchbearer.
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Social Fabric

General miasma

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The undermining of democracy and secularism under the present dispensation is of a piece with the aspirations of crony capitalism, which requires an u
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Women

No country for women

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Women have generally fared badly in the Modi years, notwithstanding the hype around the flagship programme claiming to save and educate daughters.
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SOCIAL FABRIC: Lynchings

Time of lynch mobs

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Lynchings, and not so much riots, have marked communal violence in the last five years, in a political atmosphere that emboldened the assailants and e
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New Zealand

Racist terror

World Affairs
The March 15 terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand was made possible by the country’s lax gun control laws, but the pattern fits in with a wide
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Interview: T.M. Krishna

‘It began in Gujarat’

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Interview with the Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna.
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Economy

Exercise in manipulation

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The political economy of the Modi regime was characterised by a redistribution of income in favour of a few and a worsened performance in job creation
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Foreign policy

Complex record

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India’s relations with some of its neighbours are at a nadir, but in spite of its embrace of the U.S., it still has not given up its formal allegiance
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Essay

Whose money is it anyway?

India
Enormous sums spent on statues constitute waste of public money in a country where poverty is rampant. It is a sheer waste of taxpayers’ money, and it

Communal card

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Ujjwala Yojana

Running out of gas

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The Ujjwala scheme aimed at ameliorating the living standards of rural women has not taken off for want of money in the hands of the poor to get a ref
Ayushman Bharat

Path to privatisation

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Instead of strengthening the public health care system, the AB-PMJAY has created a situation where the insurance companies call the shots.