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Chemistry

First ever stable ring of pure carbon

Science & Technology
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Interview: Riyas Komu

Sculptor Riyas Komu: An argument about beautiful histories at risk

Art
An interview with the artist and sculptor Riyas Komu.
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Birding in Costa Rica

Quetzal: Emerald jewel of the Costa Rican forest

John AnthonyWildlife
A photographic encounter with an elusive bird of the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the resplendent quetzal.
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Film on Netaji

Bose back in focus

Cinema
Srijit Mukherjee’s film Gumnami, apparently based on the Mukherjee Commission report on Subhas Chandra Bose, sparks a fresh controversy.
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GST

GST: For a fair share for the States

India
Ideal fiscal federalism in a market-driven economy calls for reassigning all the commodity taxes to States and effecting equalisation grants by the Un
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Medical workforce

The density of medical workforce in India: Miles to go

Data Stories
India has much ground to cover in achieving the desired density of medical workforce such as doctors, dentists, nursing personnel and pharmacists.
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National Medical Commission Act

The National Medical Commission Act: Travesty of reform

Education
The government claims that the National Medical Commission Act will remove corruption in medical education and ensure access to quality health care, y
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Ordnance factories

Public sector ordnance factories: Fighting for survival

India
The government is keen on corporatising the ordnance factories, but unions are against the proposal, which they believe defeats the very purpose of th
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Iran

Iran's tactical successes against the U.S.

World Affairs
Iran’s recent moves have shown that it stands firm against unilateral United States sanctions, even as it continues to exert pressure on the European
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South America

Amazon ablaze

World Affairs
The Amazon, the world’s carbon sink, is in deep trouble after settlers and farmers allegedly set fire to it in order to exploit the virgin forest, wit
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Controversy

Razing of Sant Ravidas temple by the DDA: Demolition of faith

India
The DDA razes a Sant Ravidas temple in the national capital, setting off protests by Dalits across north India.
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Communalism

Rising hate crimes in Uttar Pradesh: Striking fear

Social Issues
A series of recent incidents in Uttar Pradesh show that hate crimes are on the rise in India’s most populous State.
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Controversy

Concerns over linking Aadhaar to voter ID and social media accounts

India
The move to link the voter ID with Aadhaar and the attempts, through PILs, to bring social media accounts also under its ambit stir up the right to pr
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Controversy

Targeted money transfers using Aadhaar: A way to steal elections

India
The use of targeted money transfers using Aadhaar is a corrupt practice as defined under Section 123 of the Representation of the People Act. But just
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Khayyam

Khayyam's enduring music

Obituary
In a career spanning four decades, the music composer Khayyam (1927-2019) carved a unique identity for himself with a repertoire of timeless masterpie
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Reserve Bank of India

Bank of last resort

Economy
The RBI’s transfer of a huge surplus to the Union government does not augur well for it from an institutional standpoint and in the context of managem
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Citizenship Issues

Final NRC list: List of exclusion

India
Political parties and people reject the final National Register of Citizens list, describe the exercise as “faulty”, and allege that the updated regis
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Essay

Kashmir dispute: Domestic or world issue?

Lead Story
The Kashmir dispute was internationalised quite early in its history and has never been a purely domestic issue, apart from the fact that the Valley c
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Response

International reaction to abrogation of Article 370: Muted response

Lead Story
The international community continues to treat the Kashmir dispute as a bilateral issue, and Pakistan’s efforts to raise it in international forums ha
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Nuances of the Bill

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill: A cure worse than the disease

Lead Story
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill is no panacea to the region’s multilayered problems. It has in fact added to the existing problems.
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Reaction in Ladakh

Cautious welcome in Ladakh to Abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A

Lead Story
Although people of Ladakh are generally happy with its Union Territory status, a long-pending demand, there is a feeling that they have been made a pa
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A subaltern history

Books
The book is the outcome of several decades of serious research and makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of the social history of Odisha.
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Rule of the majority

Books
A volume that attempts to explain why and how the Hindutva project of creating a majoritarian state took off in 2014.
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Food for thought

Books
The book explores Mahatma Gandhi’s obsession with diet and food and his experiments and innovations in them to improve health and nutrition.
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Big banks not a solution

C.P. Chandrasekhar
A few big banks may help only when combined with medium and small banks with jurisdictional limits and well-defined lending mandates. If not, credit w
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Interview: Anuradha Bhasin

Anuradha Bhasin: ‘Impossible for journalists to function’

Lead Story
Interview with Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times.
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Ground Report

Kashmir: The storm beneath the calm

Lead Story
While anger smoulders in Kashmir, the Narendra Modi government resorts to questionable means to prove to its majoritarian support base and also to the

Fear and frustration

Lead Story
Interview with Aleem Syed, a law student from Jamia Millia Islamia.
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury: ‘All parties kept in the dark’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370: Apex court on test

Lead Story
As the Supreme Court begins hearing petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to abrogate Article 370, its reluctant intervention to ensure the rele
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Interview: Shehla Rashid

‘We need to keep the focus on Kashmir’

Lead Story
Interview with Shehla Rashid, leader, Jammu and Kashmir People's Movement.
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Interview: Gowhar Geelani

‘Darker days lie ahead’

Lead Story
Interview with Gowhar Geelani, senior journalist and author.