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Interview with Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi: ‘It is not Muslims’ responsibility to keep these parties afloat’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi.
AIMIM's victory

Bihar Assembly Election | Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with in Bihar’s Seemanchal by tapping into the latent fears among the minorities regarding the CAA and through its relief work amid the pandemic.
Congress

Bihar Assembly Election | The Congress: Weakest link in the Mahagathbandhan

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
The Congress leadership blames its poor results on the unwinnable seats it had to contest in and the presence of the AIMIM, but the party rank and file pins it on imprudent candidate selection and unfavourable alliance arithmetic.
BJP

Bihar Assembly Election | The BJP and the JD (U) in Bihar: Junior partner as big brother

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
The BJP has achieved its three strategic goals in Bihar: winning the election, cutting Nitish Kumar down to size, and increasing its own tally.
Dominance of big tech companies

The growing clout of Big Tech companies and the regulatory need to prevent their abuse of power

Shrinidhi Rao The Nation
As big tech companies gain enormous clout, which straddles multiple domains of economic and social life, regulators need to get their act together if they are serious about protecting users and preventing corporate abuse of power.

Forts of Karnataka

Vishwanath Suvarna’s coffee-table book, which photo-documents over 100 major and minor forts in 27 districts of Karnataka, is a pioneering attempt that speaks of a rare passion.

India’s lost chance

This contemplative work explores the history of the north-eastern region, its relationship with the Centre and India’s missed opportunity to set up an exemplary democratic state that accommodates its foundational diversity.
Sean Connery

Sean Connery: Bond and superstar

Sean Connery (1930-2020) was much more than just James Bond. He was a consummate artist who played a wide range of characters and established himself as one of the finest actors of his generation.

Introduction

Books
Eardley Norton’s introduction to a compilation of laws affecting people’s liberties from 1780 to 1919.
Communalism

Plot to turn a mosque in North East Delhi into a temple foiled

Ziya Us Salam Social Issues
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind restores a mosque vandalised by communal elements during the February riots in North East Delhi and foils an attempt to turn it into a temple.
Communalism

BJP-ruled States once again raise the bogey of love jehad

T.K. Rajalakshmi Communalism
BJP-ruled States once again raise a battle cry against ‘love jehad’ despite several Supreme Court observations on a person’s right to choice as elucidated in the Constitution.
Protest against Farm laws

State governments in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan get their acts together and pass amended farm Bills in their State Assemblies

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
The Congress governments in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan introduce amended farms Bills in their State Assemblies to counter the Central Acts and to safeguard the interests of farmers.
Punjab farmers' agitation

Despite the Central government's strong-arm tactics, farmers stand their ground against new farm laws

Despite economic distress, tragic deaths of fellow fighters and the Central government’s strong-arm tactics such as starving Punjab of train services and resources, farmers are determined to carry on their struggle against the three new farm laws.
Europe

Voices of reason amidst a spate of attacks on Muslims in Europe

Divya Trivedi World Affairs
The spate of attacks across Europe revive the debate on issues concerning faith and the freedom of expression.
France

In France, isolated terror attacks lead to the scapegoating of Islam

John Cherian World Affairs
President Emmanuel Macron uses isolated terror attacks following the publication of the Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures to crack down on mosques and Muslim charities in order to eradicate Muslim “extremism” from France.
COVID-19 Update

Fears of a surge in COVID-19 infections in the country

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Several States saw an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the first fortnight of November even as others reported a slight decrease, but governments both at the Centre and in the States would do well to remain alert to the possibility of an increase in cases similar to what Europe and the U.S. are reporting now.
AIMIM's victory

Bihar Assembly Election | Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with in Bihar’s Seemanchal by tapping into the latent fears among the minorities regarding the CAA and through its relief work amid the pandemic.
Interview with Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi: ‘It is not Muslims’ responsibility to keep these parties afloat’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi.
Congress

Bihar Assembly Election | The Congress: Weakest link in the Mahagathbandhan

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
The Congress leadership blames its poor results on the unwinnable seats it had to contest in and the presence of the AIMIM, but the party rank and file pins it on imprudent candidate selection and unfavourable alliance arithmetic.
BJP

Bihar Assembly Election | The BJP and the JD (U) in Bihar: Junior partner as big brother

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
The BJP has achieved its three strategic goals in Bihar: winning the election, cutting Nitish Kumar down to size, and increasing its own tally.
Janata Dal (United)

Bihar Assembly Election | Nitish Kumar, the winning loser

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
After a pyrrhic victory that brought it to the third position in the Assembly elections, the Janata Dal (United) under Nitish Kumar is trying to regain its confidence.
Bihar Assembly Election

Bihar Assembly Election | Left parties and AIMIM: Emerging forces in Bihar politics

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
A striking feature of the election, besides the role reversal between the BJP and the JD(U) and the RJD’s surge, is how the Left parties and the AIMIM have become forces to reckon with in Bihar.
Bihar Assembly Election

Bihar Assembly Election | The rise of RJD's Tejashwi Yadav as a mass leader in his own right

Nalin Verma Cover Story
The biggest revelation of the Bihar election has been the arrival of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as a mass leader in his own right, with his focus on livelihood issues capturing the imagination of the people and his emergence igniting optimism in the larger battle against the RSS-BJP.
Bihar Assembly election

Lessons from the Bihar Assembly election

The resonance the Mahagathbandhan’s campaign has generated will have a bigger impact on the national polity than the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s narrow victory in the Bihar Assembly election.
COVID-19 Update

Fears of a surge in COVID-19 infections in the country

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Several States saw an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the first fortnight of November even as others reported a slight decrease, but governments both at the Centre and in the States would do well to remain alert to the possibility of an increase in cases similar to what Europe and the U.S. are reporting now.
Tourism over tribal livelihoods

Questions over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's seaplane ride

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The recently launched seaplane service at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, flouts the Centre’s Environment Impact Assessment notification 2006 and reflects the State government’s priority of promoting tourism over tribal livelihoods.

Forts of Karnataka

Vishwanath Suvarna’s coffee-table book, which photo-documents over 100 major and minor forts in 27 districts of Karnataka, is a pioneering attempt that speaks of a rare passion.
Protest against Farm laws

State governments in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan get their acts together and pass amended farm Bills in their State Assemblies

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
The Congress governments in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan introduce amended farms Bills in their State Assemblies to counter the Central Acts and to safeguard the interests of farmers.
Punjab farmers' agitation

Despite the Central government's strong-arm tactics, farmers stand their ground against new farm laws

Despite economic distress, tragic deaths of fellow fighters and the Central government’s strong-arm tactics such as starving Punjab of train services and resources, farmers are determined to carry on their struggle against the three new farm laws.
Europe

Voices of reason amidst a spate of attacks on Muslims in Europe

Divya Trivedi World Affairs
The spate of attacks across Europe revive the debate on issues concerning faith and the freedom of expression.
France

In France, isolated terror attacks lead to the scapegoating of Islam

John Cherian World Affairs
President Emmanuel Macron uses isolated terror attacks following the publication of the Prophet Muhammad’s caricatures to crack down on mosques and Muslim charities in order to eradicate Muslim “extremism” from France.
AIMIM's victory

Bihar Assembly Election | Asaduddin Owaisi's AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM emerges as a force to reckon with in Bihar’s Seemanchal by tapping into the latent fears among the minorities regarding the CAA and through its relief work amid the pandemic.
Interview with Owaisi

Asaduddin Owaisi: ‘It is not Muslims’ responsibility to keep these parties afloat’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi.
Janata Dal (United)

Bihar Assembly Election | Nitish Kumar, the winning loser

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
After a pyrrhic victory that brought it to the third position in the Assembly elections, the Janata Dal (United) under Nitish Kumar is trying to regain its confidence.
Bihar Assembly Election

Bihar Assembly Election | Left parties and AIMIM: Emerging forces in Bihar politics

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
A striking feature of the election, besides the role reversal between the BJP and the JD(U) and the RJD’s surge, is how the Left parties and the AIMIM have become forces to reckon with in Bihar.
Bihar Assembly election

Lessons from the Bihar Assembly election

The resonance the Mahagathbandhan’s campaign has generated will have a bigger impact on the national polity than the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s narrow victory in the Bihar Assembly election.
U.S. presidential election

The Biden administration will follow the same beaten track of traditional U.S. foreign policy

John Cherian World Affairs
Although Joe Biden may shed the harsher aspects of Donald Trump’s approach to the rest of the world, his administration will stick to the basic contours of traditional U.S. foreign policy.
Tourism over tribal livelihoods

Questions over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's seaplane ride

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The recently launched seaplane service at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat, flouts the Centre’s Environment Impact Assessment notification 2006 and reflects the State government’s priority of promoting tourism over tribal livelihoods.

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