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COVER STORY

20-11-2020

Bihar Assembly Elections November 20

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Briefing

Interview: Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP

‘The challenge is to deliver on PM’s promises’

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Interview with Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP’s Bihar president.
Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar: The Communist Party of India's star campaigner in Bihar

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Kanhaiya Kumar is drawing huge crowds for his public meetings.
Interview: Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress.

Randeep Singh Surjewala: ‘We have a vision of providing 10 lakh jobs’

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Interview with Randeep Singh Surjewala, national spokesman of the Congress.
Bihar Assembly election

Left parties in Bihar come together to fight the 'common enemy'

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
The Left parties come together and join a broader political platform in Bihar to fight a ‘common enemy’, which, besides opening up the possibility of grand alliances elsewhere, is expected to help them reach out to large sections of people with their socio-economic agenda.
Revolt in Thailand

Battle for democracy in Thailand

John Cherian World Affairs
In a countrywide movement, protesters battle the military-backed government seeking fresh elections, a new Constitution that protects their rights, and a radical reform of the monarchy.
U.S. & China

China will be key driver of the global economy from pandemic-induced contractions

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
With the IMF predicting that 60 per cent of the growth in the global economy next year will take place in China, it would be better for the U.S. to mend fences with that country.
Assam police scam

Cash-for-jobs scam in Assam Police

Sushanta Talukdar The Nation
The unearthing of a cash-for-jobs scam in police appointments in Assam involving a BJP leader and department officials exposes the ground reality of rampant government-level corruption in the State.
Essay

UAPA: India's anti-India Act

A.G. Noorani The Nation
Humble though its beginnings were, the UAPA has now grown into a poisonous tree and is clearly modelled on the United States’ McCarthyite Un-American Activities Act.
Interview: T.M. Krishna

T.M. Krishna: ‘To bring Asoka back in public discourse was important’

Ziya Us Salam Heritage
Interview with T.M. Krishna, singer, writer and activist.

Pages from a diplomat’s life

Pascal Alan Nazareth’s autobiography is a riveting account of the life and times of a distinguished diplomat equally at home in philosophy, art and literature.

Growth and inequality

This festschrift celebrates the work of Prof R. Radhakrishna in development economics through essays that deal with lopsided growth and its consequences, economic inequality and other challenges in achieving inclusive development.
Farmers' protest

A different Dasara: Farmers use unconventional methods to protest against the farm laws

Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh use unconventional methods to protest against the Centre’s farm laws.
Interview: Suchetana Chattopadhyay

Origins of Communist Party of India, in Tashkent

Interview with the historian and author Suchetana Chattopadhyay.
Darjeeling

A twist in the politics of the Darjeeling hills

GJM leader Bimal Gurung’s return to West Bengal and declaration of support for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress changes the political dynamics of the Darjeeling hills, but it has not gone down well with a large section of the people.
Press freedom

Kashmir Times: Where the mind is without fear…

Ashutosh Sharma The Nation
The sealing of the Kashmir Times office is the latest in the series of attacks on the 66-year-old English daily published from Kashmir for its bold and fearless stance.
India & U.S.

Military alliance in the making between India and the U.S.

John Cherian The Nation
The recently concluded India-U.S. ministerial talks in New Delhi yielded as many as five bilateral agreements that may have the effect of compromising India’s strategic autonomy and making it a de facto military ally of the U.S.
Bolivia

Left resurgence in Bolivia

John Cherian World Affairs
The overwhelming victory of the Left in Bolivia’s presidential election is a setback for both the U.S. and the right-wing forces in Latin America which had staged a coup to oust it from power last year.
Father Stan Swamy arrest

The NIA and Father Stan Swamy: Hunting down a Samaritan

Anupama Katakam The Nation
The NIA arrests Father Stan Swamy for alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon incident, but the actual reason for the state’s witch-hunt is his strident opposition to corporate exploitation of tribal areas.
Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu's political parties continue to resist NEET

Tamil Nadu’s political parties, which continue to resist NEET on the grounds that it strikes at the root of the State’s well-established success in achieving social justice in education and creating a sturdy public health system, have scored limited success by ensuring 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students in medical seats.
COVID-19 update

More confusion than clarity on the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The results of the second national sero-survey and a mathematical model on the spread of COVID are at variance with each other.
Interview: Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress.

Randeep Singh Surjewala: ‘We have a vision of providing 10 lakh jobs’

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Interview with Randeep Singh Surjewala, national spokesman of the Congress.
Interview: Chirag Paswan

Chirag Paswan: ‘My goal is to incorporate “Bihar first, Bihari first” vision’

Anando Bhakto In Patna Cover Story
Interview with Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan.
On the campaign trail

Will Chirag catch the light?

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Chirag Paswan pulls no punches as he takes on Nitish Kumar in Bihar while asserting allegiance to Narendra Modi and the BJP.
On the campaign trail

Tejashwi Yadav: Formidable foeman

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Tejashwi Yadav proves more than a match for Nitish Kumar and the Bharatiya Janata Party as he steadfastly sticks to issues such as unemployment and inflation.
Interview: Tejashwi Yadav

‘Our campaign is touching people’s hearts and minds’: Tejashwi Yadav

Interview with Tejashwi Yadav, RJD leader.
Bihar Assembly elections

Nitish Kumar: Alone in a battle

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his JD(U) seem set to emerge as the biggest losers in the Bihar election as he fights anti-incumbency and a resurgent opposition alliance, while his ally, the BJP, plays its own games.
Interview: Suchetana Chattopadhyay

Origins of Communist Party of India, in Tashkent

Interview with the historian and author Suchetana Chattopadhyay.
Press freedom

Kashmir Times: Where the mind is without fear…

Ashutosh Sharma The Nation
The sealing of the Kashmir Times office is the latest in the series of attacks on the 66-year-old English daily published from Kashmir for its bold and fearless stance.
India & U.S.

Military alliance in the making between India and the U.S.

John Cherian The Nation
The recently concluded India-U.S. ministerial talks in New Delhi yielded as many as five bilateral agreements that may have the effect of compromising India’s strategic autonomy and making it a de facto military ally of the U.S.
Father Stan Swamy arrest

The NIA and Father Stan Swamy: Hunting down a Samaritan

Anupama Katakam The Nation
The NIA arrests Father Stan Swamy for alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon incident, but the actual reason for the state’s witch-hunt is his strident opposition to corporate exploitation of tribal areas.
Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu's political parties continue to resist NEET

Tamil Nadu’s political parties, which continue to resist NEET on the grounds that it strikes at the root of the State’s well-established success in achieving social justice in education and creating a sturdy public health system, have scored limited success by ensuring 7.5 per cent reservation for government school students in medical seats.
COVID-19 update

More confusion than clarity on the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The results of the second national sero-survey and a mathematical model on the spread of COVID are at variance with each other.
COVID vaccine

BCG as a stopgap vaccine for COVID-19

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Studies make a case for BCG to be a bridge vaccine until a COVID-specific vaccine is developed, but larger clinical trials are needed to study the impact of such a strategy on the morbidity and mortality caused by the virus.
COVID-19 update

West Bengal: Restrained Durga Puja celebrations

Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal were pronouncedly muted this year, giving doctors hope that the increase in the number of COVID cases in the days to come will not be as much as they had feared earlier.

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