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COVER STORY

06-11-2020

U.P: Hindutva Lab 2.0

Yogi Adityanath and the Sangh Parivar's majoritarian politics in UP

Briefing

COVID-19 Update

Uttar Pradesh and COVID management: A case of misplaced priorities

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The management of the COVID pandemic in Uttar Pradesh leaves much scope for improvement and the State may soon find itself in a difficult situation.
State of minorities

Uttar Pradesh's Muslims bear the brunt of Yogi Adityanath's politics of "badla"

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The Uttar Pradesh government has employed brazen, unlawful tactics, including extreme torture and physical violence, to harass and intimidate citizens, especially Muslims, who protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act last December.
Industrialisation

Tall claims of industrial development in Uttar Pradesh

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
While Yogi Adityanath continues to speak about turning Uttar Pradesh into a trillion-dollar economy, the ground reality is that the State suffers a lack of qualified manpower, affordable electricity, a business-friendly taxation regime and a conducive working environment.
Agriculture

Farmers in Uttar Pradesh protest against farm laws amid grave agrarian crisis

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
As Uttar Pradesh’s economy staggers amidst the COVID-19-induced lockdown, Yogi Adityanath’s agriculture policies have done little to alleviate the farmer’s sufferings.
COVID-19 Update

Uttar Pradesh and COVID management: A case of misplaced priorities

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
The management of the COVID pandemic in Uttar Pradesh leaves much scope for improvement and the State may soon find itself in a difficult situation.
Armenia-Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan and Armenia in a military conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

John Cherian World Affairs
Hostilities break out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that has been under dispute since 1917 and has witnessed many clashes over the decades.
COVID-19 Update

Karnataka: Fearing the worst

Karnataka stands second only to Maharashtra in terms of the number of cases, and with both Deepavali and Dasara slated to be celebrated over the coming weeks, the situation is only going to get even worse.
COVID-19 Update

Odisha: A decreasing trend

Prafulla Das The Nation
Odisha seems to be slowly winning the battle against COVID as fewer fresh cases get reported, but ahead of the Puja season the Chief Minister has asked people to be vigilant.
Diary from Trumpland

COVID-19 hits White House but Trump causes anxiety with his uncontrolled adventurism

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
President Donald Trump contracts and seemingly recovers from COVID-19, but this experience does not stop him from playing down the severity of the disease for his fellow citizens, most of whom do not have access to the treatment he had, or disregarding the protocols of his public health officials.
COVID-19 Update

West Bengal: Puja in the time of pandemic

West Bengal stares at a possible surge in COVID cases after the Durga Puja celebrations, but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is confident that she will “lock down COVID”.
COVID-19 Update

Chhattisgarh: A late upsurge

As Chhattisgarh grapples with a sudden upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases, the State government’s efforts to contain the pandemic have been hampered by a lack of support from the Centre.
NOBEL PRIZE: Physics

Nobel Prize in Physics honours work on black holes

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
For providing the theoretical and experimental basis for why black holes should, and do, exist, Roger Penrose is awarded half this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics while Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez share the other half.
NOBEL PRIZE: Physiology or Medicine

Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine goes to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for discovering the virus that causes hepatitis C

R. Ramachandran Science & Technology
Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice share this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in discovering the virus that causes hepatitis C, a major health problem that leads to cirrhosis and liver cancer in several thousands of people around the world.
COVID-19 Update

Andhra Pradesh: ‘Past the peak’

Ravi Sharma The Nation
A drop in the number of daily infections and test positivity rate, combined with a rise in the recovery rate, is injecting confidence in the authorities who are cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind them.
COVID-19 Update

Telangana: Doubts about data

Ravi Sharma The Nation
Amid allegations by the opposition that the State government had mismanaged the pandemic, the second national sero-survey indicates that around 12.2 per cent of Telangana’s population was exposed to COVID-19 until August.
Commemoration

Remembering Engels’ thoughts on science and socialism on his bicentenary

S. Chatterjee Science & Technology
While studying capitalism, Engels studied science and history of science. The most comprehensive summary of his views on science can be found in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, which looks at socialistic ideas in terms of an interplay between the development of material existence of humans and their thoughts.
COVID-19 Update

Assam: Caution to the wind

Sushanta Talukdar The Nation
Political rallies and official functions, along with large gatherings at UIDAI centres for government assistance, are hampering the State’s progress in containing the outbreak.

Public spending for private revival

C.P. Chandrasekhar
In a marked departure from its usual stance, the IMF makes a plea for enhanced public expenditure that is debt-financed, but hidden within its recommendations is an agenda for private sector revival.
COVID-19 Update

Kerala: In a vulnerable position

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The big concern for the State is whether, despite the government’s best efforts, the sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 patients would cross the threshold capacity of the health system to accommodate them.
Conservation

Photo essay on the upper Nilgiris

Notes from a trip taken in June 2019 to study the upper Nilgiris landscape outside the Mukurthi National Park, a region that deserves greater conservation attention because of the rich wildlife it supports and its important function as a source of water for irrigation, hydroelectricity and drinking.
Caste discrimination

In Uttar Pradesh, casteism and social apartheid are the norms

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
In Uttar Pradesh, caste-based graded inequality has always been the lived reality. What is different now is the attempt by forces of the ruling dispensation to manoeuvre the divisions within society for its political advantage even at the cost of social equilibrium.
CRIME and Gender Issues

Rape and murder of a young Dalit woman in Hathras and the cremation of law

The rape and murder of a young Dalit woman and the hurried cremation of her body at the dead of night in Hathras district is the reflection of a larger malaise of crimes against Dalits, women and minorities in Uttar Pradesh.
Profile: Yogi Adityanath

Rabble-rousing yogi

Yogi Adityanath has built up a career in Hindutva politics independently of the RSS and has succeeded in winning the Sangh Parivar’s support because of the clout enjoyed by the Gorakhpur Math in Uttar Pradesh and its ability to perpetuate and promote its own brand of ruthless Hindutva.

Uttar Pradesh: Hindutva Laboratory 2.0

In an attempt to cover up its failures on the law and order, economic and public health fronts and contain popular resentment, the Yogi Adityanath government pushes ahead with its majoritarian agenda of communal polarisation.
COVID-19 Update

Chhattisgarh: A late upsurge

As Chhattisgarh grapples with a sudden upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases, the State government’s efforts to contain the pandemic have been hampered by a lack of support from the Centre.
COVID-19 Update

West Bengal: Puja in the time of pandemic

West Bengal stares at a possible surge in COVID cases after the Durga Puja celebrations, but Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is confident that she will “lock down COVID”.
COVID-19 Update

Andhra Pradesh: ‘Past the peak’

Ravi Sharma The Nation
A drop in the number of daily infections and test positivity rate, combined with a rise in the recovery rate, is injecting confidence in the authorities who are cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind them.
COVID-19 Update

Telangana: Doubts about data

Ravi Sharma The Nation
Amid allegations by the opposition that the State government had mismanaged the pandemic, the second national sero-survey indicates that around 12.2 per cent of Telangana’s population was exposed to COVID-19 until August.
COVID-19 Update

Kerala: In a vulnerable position

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The big concern for the State is whether, despite the government’s best efforts, the sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 patients would cross the threshold capacity of the health system to accommodate them.
COVID-19 Update

Assam: Caution to the wind

Sushanta Talukdar The Nation
Political rallies and official functions, along with large gatherings at UIDAI centres for government assistance, are hampering the State’s progress in containing the outbreak.
COVID-19 Update

Maharashtra: Pandemic fatigue?

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
Even as the Maharashtra government is acutely aware that it will not be able to prevent large gatherings in the imminent festival season, understanding the phenomenon of “pandemic fatigue” or resistance among the public to precautionary rules is key to flattening the COVID-19 curve.
COVID-19 Update

Tamil Nadu: Curious statistics

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
The number of new COVID cases in the State in October has remained unbelievably low and steady.
COVID-19

COVID-19 and the danger of complacency

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Amid a downward trend in new cases and deaths, the government is shifting its focus on to COVID-appropriate social behaviour, but it must not be lax in fully utilising the testing capacity since a second or even a third wave may be likely.
COVID-19

Pseudoscientific beliefs and world views in the time of pandemic

Sandipan Baksi Science & Technology
Even as the world pins its hopes heavily on science to combat the biggest pandemic ever, the spectre of pseudoscience haunts humanity. It appears that irrationality tries to fill in the gaps in humanity’s knowledge that science searches for through rigorous methods which are rooted in evidence.
Agriculture

Contract farming as a means of ushering in corporatisation in agriculture

Ritika Shrimali The Nation
The purpose of initiatives such as contract farming seems to be to create conditions that make it difficult for the small and marginal peasantry to sustain themselves and eventually force them to leave their land or sell it to rich farmers, thus consolidating and centralising the agrarian capital.
Agriculture

Farmers' resistance to the farm laws hardens

Farmers continue to agitate against the new farm laws and plan to use the Navaratri festivities to make their voice heard.

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