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Interview: Akeel Bilgrami

‘In India, it’s pathological authoritarianism’

Arts & Culture
Interview with Akeel Bilgrami. This is the final part of a two-part article.
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Bold imagination

Books
Paul Zacharia, in this new narrative structure, ushers in a new sensibility, a new approach, examining in a playfully sceptical vein all that is held
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Jammu & Kashmir

Devious design

Politics
The Centre’s purported delimitation exercise as a route to power evokes anger and consternation among non-BJP leaders and the disgruntled youths in th
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Girish Karnad's activism

Committed to secularism

Obituary
Girish Karnad believed that it was wrong to view medieval Indian history as a clash between Hinduism and Islam and that often made him the target of t
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Microbiology

Enzyme to create universal blood type

Science & Technology
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Freedom of expression

Unlawful arrests

General Issues
By arresting journalists for their social media posts under the provisions of the IT Act that the Supreme Court has struck down, the Uttar Pradesh Pol
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New electoral dynamics in Bihar

Books
The book under review studies election patterns in the State over the 1990-2015 period but leaves out crucial details on issues such as communalisatio
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Astronomy

Supermassive black hole and beyond

Science & Technology
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U.S. & Russia

Close encounters

World Affairs
U.S. and Russian warships record a near-collision in the North Pacific region near China’s coast at a time when Russia-China relations reach an “unpre
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Free transport for Delhi women

A free ride

India
The Delhi government seems determined to implement its proposal to make travel on the Metro and DTC buses free for women notwithstanding the many ques
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The Economy

Growth story in shreds

Economy
A former senior adviser to the government on economic matters delivers another blow to the credibility of India’s growth rate, but the methodology of
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Education

Privatisation push

India
The draft of the new education policy speaks of making education universally accessible but pulls back on the issue of public investment and pushes fo
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Women and caste

Books
"Gendering Caste" examines the role of women in the perpetuation of caste and the need to go beyond the conventional dichotomy of purity and pollution
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Akshaya Patra

Imposing a food culture

India
The controversy in Karnataka over the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s refusal to include onions and garlic in its mid-day meals in government schools raise
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Crime

Speedy justice

Gender
The Pathankot Sessions Court sentences three main accused in the Kathua rape case to life imprisonment and three others to five years in prison.
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‘We cannot be pushed too much’

Lead Story
Interview with Rauff Hakeem, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and former Minister.
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Interview: Mahinda Rajapaksa

‘We are getting a lot of support’

Lead Story
Interview with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Sudan

Elusive spring

World Affairs
The interim military council in Sudan, which seized power in a coup overthrowing President Omar al-Bashir in April, cracks down on peaceful pro-democr
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Tourism in tatters

Lead Story
Tourism, one of the pillars of the Sri Lankan economy, has taken a beating with the Easter blasts, leading to empty flights and mass cancellations of
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India-Sri Lanka Relations

Troubled neighbour

Lead Story
India-Sri Lanka relations are often fraught, and after the terror attacks in the island nation, there is a fear that it could once again be sucked int
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Election Commission

In EVM do we trust?

India
Voices against the use of electronic voting machines, which are widely seen as black boxes that lack transparency and verifiability, are growing loude
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Indonesia | Thailand | South Africa

Staying power

World Affairs
In key national elections, Presidents Joko Widodo and the ANC’s Cyril Ramaphosa are re-elected in Indonesia and South Africa, and the coup leader Pra
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Easter bomb blasts

Home-bred terror

Lead Story
An extremist preacher, willing accomplices and access to the Internet—that is all it took to pull off the April 21 suicide bombings in Sri Lanka.
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Distress and divide

Lead Story
In the aftermath of the Easter bombings, Muslims have become the new bogeyman for the majoritarian politics in Sri Lanka. The communal divide is likel
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‘Minority community severely affected by laws’

Lead Story
Interview with A.L.M. Sabeel.
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Interview: Douglas Devananda

‘Sri Lanka needs a strong leadership’

Lead Story
Interview with Douglas Devananda of the EPDP.
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Interview

Uzma Aslam Khan: ‘The story has to come from within’

Arts & Culture
Interview with the Pakistani author Uzma Aslam Khan.
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Cannibalism in Tigers

Tiger fight club

Cannibalism among tigers is a natural phenomenon linked to factors such as social organisation and territoriality, and unlike what some would like to