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Crime

Justice for the RTI activist Jethava

India
A powerful BJP Member of Parliament is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the killing of the RTI activist Amit Jethav
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Syria

Syria: Russian helping hand

World Affairs
Trump claims victory for the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish forces from the border with Turkey, but Moscow apparently guaranteed their withdrawal follow
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Brazil

Brazil: Lula da Silva back for battle

World Affairs
After 19 months in prison, former President Lula is free and determined to take on Jair Bolsonaro and his government.
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Lawyer-police tussle

Clash between lawyers and policemen: Lawless in Delhi

India
The capital city witnesses an unseemly tussle between lawyers and police personnel.
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Jharkhand Assembly elections

Jharkhand Assembly elections: Changing equations

Politics
The Congress in Jharkhand, energised by the election results in Maharashtra and Haryana, announces a pre-poll alliance with the JMM and the RJD even a
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Karnataka

Defection dilemma in Karnataka

Politics
Internal dissension faces the BJP in Karnataka which has, following the Supreme Court verdict, welcomed into its fold MLAs disqualified by the Speaker
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Latin America

Latin America: Return of the Pink Tide

World Affairs
Elections in the past month in Latin America have brought the Left back to power, while protests on the streets have shifted the balance of forces in
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Politics

Political drama in Maharashtra

Politics
Following the BJP-Shiv Sena rift over sharing power, Maharashtra comes under President’s Rule for the third time in its history.
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Sabarimala verdict

Sabarimala verdict: Justice delayed

India
The Supreme Court’s decision to refer the 2018 judgment in the Sabarimala case to a larger Bench ushers in another turbulent phase for the shrine and
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Interview

Scharada Dubey: Twist in the Ayodhya saga ahead

Lead Story
Interview with the author Scharada Dubey.
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Interview

Prof. S. Ali Nadeem Rezavi: Vandalism is rewarded

Lead Story
Interview with Professor S. Ali Nadeem Rezavi, Chairperson, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University.
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Media coverage

Print media frenzy

Lead Story
The Hindi press celebrates a verdict while Urdu newspapers maintain dignity in their coverage.
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Interview: Dwijendra Narayan Jha

Ayodhya Verdict: 'Skanda Purana evidence is suspect'

Lead Story
Interview with the historian Dwijendra Narayan Jha.
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Rise of the Right in India

Build-up of the Right icon

Lead Story
For writers and journalists who chronicled the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation right from the 1980s, it began as a ludicrous political campaign with a relig
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Ayodhya Verdict

ASI's archaeological findings in Ayodhya: Short shrift to facts

Lead Story
Revelations by two renowned archaeologists on how the ASI departed from norms in the way it conducted excavations at the disputed site and treated the
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Babri Masjid demolition

December 6, 1992

Lead Story
The demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, was one of the key factors considered by the Supreme Court during the hearings in t
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References to Babri Masjid

What Baburnama says

Lead Story
Babur’s autobiography has interesting insights on India but little on the Babri Masjid, let alone Ram Janmabhoomi.

The descent ahead

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The government’s obsession with the fiscal deficit may see it tightening expenditure, which could end in a descent into recession.
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The making of modern India

Books
The book offers a rich insight into the political, economic and foreign policy blunders and successes of successive Prime Ministers of India.
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JNU protest

Ominous signs in universities

Education
The steep fee hike in JNU and the authorities’ response to the protests against it highlight how the government’s policies are making higher education
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Interview: Zafaryab Jilani

‘We are baffled by the order’

Lead Story
Interview with Zafaryab Jilani, advocate for the Sunni Central Waqf Board.
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Ayodhya title case

Defunct secularism

Lead Story
Veering away from its original Nehruvian premise, constitutional secularism in India has, through the Ayodhya verdict, transformed itself into a gentl
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Agrarian economy in Tripura

Books
A bird’s-eye view of society, the economy and the polity in Tripura and, for specialists, helpful guidance on designing and conducting field studies.
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Editorial

RULE OF FAITH

Lead Story
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Interview: Professor Irfan Habib

‘A simple piece of judicial fancy’

Lead Story
Interview with Professor Irfan Habib.
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Ayodhya title case

Supreme Court denies justice

Lead Story
What right, power and jurisdiction has the apex court of a secular state to direct the government to construct the house of worship of any community?
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Ayodhya verdict

Secularism at stake

Lead Story
The Supreme Court’s judgment in the Babri Masjid case dashes the hope that it will uphold its counter-majoritarian character.
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Interview: Anandvardhan Yagnik

Advocate for a cause

India
Interview with the advocate Anandvardhan Yagnik.