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Narcotics

On a high

Data Stories
The seizure of various kinds of narcotic drugs recorded a significant rise in 2017, according to data from the Narcotics Control Bureau.
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Telecommunications

BSNL rescue package is too little, too late

India
The rescue package for BSNL and MTNL, the fall guys of the Indian mobile telephony boom, hides more than it reveals.
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The Judiciary

The judiciary: Credibility concerns

India
Justice Arun Mishra’s refusal to withdraw from the Constitution Bench seeking to provide the correct interpretation of the 2013 Land Acquisition Act r
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Kamlesh Tiwari's mysterious murder

India
Hindu Samaj Party leader Kamlesh Tiwari’s political and personal journey and the complicated ways in which these progressed raise doubts about whether
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Politics

Crime of criticism in West Bengal

Politics
In West Bengal, Congress spokesperson Sanmoy Bandopadhyay is arrested and allegedly tortured for posting on social media views critical of Chief Minis
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Essay

Diplomacy & language

India
Lapses from civility are rare in diplomacy, but the diplomat’s reputation for care in the use of language has at times landed him in trouble.
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Sri Lanka: New reality

World Affairs
Regardless of who wins the presidential election on November 16, India’s equation with its neighbour will have to be reworked owing to the China facto
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Iraq

Death blow to Islamic State

World Affairs
The U.S. President’s self-congratulation over the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was a product of the radicalisation that followed the U.S. inva
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Movements

Youths all over the world stand up to power

World Affairs
Youths rise in protest in Chile, Ecuador, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt against elitist rulers, neoliberal policies, unemployment and poverty, whereas in Bo
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Myanmar

Myanmar: Struggling democracy

World Affairs
As Myanmar gets set for the 2020 general election, peaceful and inclusive democracy remains a far cry: in fact Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for
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Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir: Inviting global scrutiny

India
A 27-member European Union delegation becomes the first foreign team to be allowed access to Kashmir since August 5, close on the heels of a heated de
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Economics

A Nobel-winning prescription for symptoms

Economy
As the euphoria over India’s latest Nobel Prize win subsides, it is time to question the validity of randomised control trials advocated by the prize
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Block Development Council elections: Another shock for the BJP

Lead Story
The Modi government tried to portray that its decision to abrogate Article 370 was received warmly in Jammu and Kashmir, but the outcome of the Block
Economic Perspectives

In dire straits

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The recent Supreme Court judgment on what constitutes revenue in the telecom industry has thrown the latter into disarray and put the government in a
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Book Review

Roots of Hindutva

Books
The book narrates the saga of the RSS and how the ideology of Hindutva that is unfolding in the political arena now should not just be traced to 2014
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Interview: Asaduddin Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi: Muslims are looking at alternatives

Lead Story
Interview with Asaduddin Owaisi, president, AIMIM.
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Interview: Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma: The BJP has lost its sheen

Lead Story
Interview with Anand Sharma, senior Congress leader.
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Haryana Assembly election

In Haryana, strange bedfellows

Lead Story
The Bharatiya Janata Party manages to form the government in Haryana on the back of a post-election alliance with the Jannayak Janta Party, which foug
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Lyrical & radical

Books
A collection of 19 Malayalam stories in English translation where the translator proves to be as intrepid as the author.
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Maharashtra Assembly election

Bittersweet victory for the BJP in Maharashtra

Lead Story
The Maharashtra Assembly election comes as a reality check for the BJP, which ignored ground-level issues, and energises the opposition.
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The NCP

Sharad Pawar: Powering on

Lead Story
Sharad Pawar single-handedly raised the morale of a flagging and dispirited NCP, reclaimed western Maharashtra for the party, and became largely respo
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Implication for the Congress

The Congress: Slow take-off

Lead Story
The Congress, which has made unexpected gains in Maharashtra and Haryana, appears to be not in a hurry to seize the moment.
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Haryana and Maharashra election results: Reality check

Lead Story
The results of the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections halt the march of the Hindutva juggernaut and give the opposition parties space and time

Waiting game

Lead Story
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury: The opposition needs to get its act together

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Sikh resistance in colonial Bengal

Books
This fascinating account of a failed migration attempt by working-class Sikhs in 1914 lucidly illumines an important segment of India’s colonial histo