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Briefing

Controversy

Not above the law

G. Mohan Gopal The Nation
International experience shows that ensuring ordinary criminal accountability for judges for crimes they are alleged to have committed will strengthen the judicial institution.
Interview: Mahesh Joshi

‘We will do better than the BJP’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Mahesh Joshi, Chief Whip of the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly.
Interview: Farooq Abdullah

‘Where is the Kashmiriyat Modi talks of?’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Farooq Abdullah, president, National Conference.
Uttar Pradesh

Battle for U.P.

With voting in 39 constituencies in the first four phases of the election over in Uttar Pradesh, the gathbandhan, with its unprecedented social bonding of disparate groups, is expected to gain significantly.

Striking finding

V. Sridhar Books
This book is a must-read for all those with an interest in the defining Indian problem of the day, mass unemployment.

Politics of polarisation

This book explains the conditions that facilitate fascist politics and the multiple strategies that its advocates employ.

A case for uncivil disobedience

Jason Brennan posits a radical, if problematic, thesis that responsible citizens should question authority and fight back when the government encroaches upon their rights.
Interview: Farooq Abdullah

‘Where is the Kashmiriyat Modi talks of?’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Farooq Abdullah, president, National Conference.
Diary from Trumpland

Beyond accountability

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
A report by Amnesty International details the horrific war crimes committed by the U.S. in Raqqa, Syria. Yet, as in similar incidents earlier, the U.S. can be expected to sabotage further investigations.
Iran

Choking Iran

John Cherian World Affairs
India toes the U.S. line by agreeing to stop Iranian oil imports, but the move may impact its economy and hurt a long-time ally that has been devastated by floods.
Sri Lanka: Easter Day bombings

Attack and aftermath

R.K. Radhakrishnan World Affairs
Two weeks after the deadly Easter Day bombings, there are more questions than answers in the island nation. But a determined civil society is rallying round to commence the process of healing.
Israel

March of the Right

John Cherian World Affairs
Benjamin Netanyahu’s win for a fourth consecutive term in office could accelerate the process of turning Israel into a full-fledged Jewish state in which Palestinians may have no rights at all.
S. Muthiah

Chronicler of Chennai

Sundar Ganesan Obituary
S. Muthiah (1930-2019), through his writings, lectures and other endeavours, instilled a sense of history and heritage in the people of Chennai.
Human body

New knee bone

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
Textbooks tell you that the human skeleton has 206 bones. A new study from Imperial College London says there could soon be 208. A tiny knee bone ...
Uttar Pradesh

Battle for U.P.

With voting in 39 constituencies in the first four phases of the election over in Uttar Pradesh, the gathbandhan, with its unprecedented social bonding of disparate groups, is expected to gain significantly.
Bihar

Shifting sands

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Caste calculations and the might of the mahagathbandhan outweigh the support for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the constituencies that go to the polls in the next phase.
Controversy

Justice on trial

V. Venkatesan The Nation
The Supreme Court’s defence of the CJI, Ranjan Gogoi, while dealing with his alleged offence of sexual harassment of its former employee, provokes outrage over its internal mechanism.
Bihar

Direct contest

Awanish Kumar Cover Story
Bihar is one of the few States where the NDA is squared off against a determined and rejuvenated opposition, the grand alliance, which is banking on the widespread dissatisfaction with Modi and his policies.
HARYANA

Widespread ire

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Simmering discontent over dull trade, low farm prices and a lack of jobs will be the determining factor at the hustings.
Jharkhand

Tribal resentment

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
The BJP seems armed with little apart from the Modi factor in a State where the consolidation of tribal and minority votes in favour of the opposition alliance seems to preclude the possibility of a 2014-like sweep by the party.
Jharkhand

Tribal resentment

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
The BJP seems armed with little apart from the Modi factor in a State where the consolidation of tribal and minority votes in favour of the opposition alliance seems to preclude the possibility of a 2014-like sweep by the party.
DELHI

Uncertain advantage

Akhilesh Pandey Cover Story
The Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have an edge in Delhi, but sections in the party fear tactical voting by anti-BJP voters.
Himachal Pradesh

Walking a tight rope

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The BJP and the Congress are not leaving anything to chance in winning the four Lok Sabha seats.
Rajasthan

Livelihood worries

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
While political parties rely on caste and communal polarisation and nationalist rhetoric, the man on the street remains grounded in everyday irritants.
Punjab

Key contests

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
THE scorching summer heat and the absence of charismatic leaders have meant that campaigning in Punjab is low-key. No major rallies were organised ...
Punjab

Bigger harvest?

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The Congress, which is on a firm footing in the State, is all set to increase its tally, while its chief rivals are busy tackling internal crises.
Madhya Pradesh

Battle lines redrawn

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
In the Gwalior-Chambal region, the Congress hopes to exploit the despair among the voters by highlighting problems such as falling crop prices, missing jobs and inflation.
Jammu & Kashmir

Deserted booths

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
A staggering 85 per cent of the electorate has kept away from voting in the first two phases of the Lok Sabha election in Anantnag, and this must be seen as a rejection of the Centre’s policies on Kashmir.
Interview: Ghulam Ahmad Mir

‘Congress, N.C. to continue tactical understanding’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Ghulam Ahmad Mir, president, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress.
VVPAT

Is this my vote?

Anupam Saraph Cover Story
The Election Commission must undertake a transparent and comprehensive audit of its system and processes in order to ensure that the EVM-VVPAT-led electronic voting upholds the sanctity of electoral democracy.
West Bengal

Price of hubris

In many of the 17 constituencies in the Trinamool Congress’ bastion that vote in the last two phases, development work may not fetch the party votes as blatant corruption and silent terror are forcing its committed supporters to look elsewhere.

Final battle

By all indications, the Bharatiya Janata Party is set to suffer significant losses in Election 2019, but a number of imponderables make the final outcome uncertain.
Electronic voting machine

‘Missing’ EVMs

An RTI-based public interest petition in the Bombay High Court points out that 20 lakh EVMs that the manufacturers affirm to have delivered are “missing” from the possession of the Election Commission.
Interview: Farooq Abdullah

‘Where is the Kashmiriyat Modi talks of?’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Farooq Abdullah, president, National Conference.
Interview: Mahesh Joshi

‘We will do better than the BJP’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Mahesh Joshi, Chief Whip of the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly.
Controversy

Not above the law

G. Mohan Gopal The Nation
International experience shows that ensuring ordinary criminal accountability for judges for crimes they are alleged to have committed will strengthen the judicial institution.