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COVER STORY

18-12-2020

A hoax called 'love jehad' December 18

On how the bogey of love jehad is being raised in BJP-ruled States to polarise society and reap electoral dividends.

Briefing

Caste arrogance in U.P.

Atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh for inter-caste marriages

Cover Story
THE Uttar Pradesh government, which sees inter-religious marriages with suspicion, encourages inter-caste marriages. Under the Dr Ambedkar Scheme for ...
Caste factor in Tamil Nadu

A caste variant of love jehad vitiates social atmosphere in Tamil Nadu

The concept of ‘love jehad’ has not found favour in Tamil Nadu, but ‘caste purity’ has taken its place in vitiating the social atmosphere in cases of inter-caste marriages.
Love Jehad & Karnataka

Karnataka’s role in creating the trope of love jehad despite no proven cases

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Cover Story
The fact that allegations of love jehad have never been proved in Karnataka has not prevented Hindu right-wing groups from using the term to advance their agenda.
The myth of 'love jehad'

U.P. becomes the first State in the country to pass an ordinance on ‘love jehad’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Uttar Pradesh has become the first State in the country to pass an ordinance on ‘love jehad’. The roots of hate can be traced to the seeds of discord sown much earlier.
Pakistan

Pakistan under pressure to act

John Cherian World Affairs
Pakistan, with a troubled economy, faces multiple challenges and the immediate one is to get off the “grey list” of the FATF, the Paris-based intergovernmental watchdog monitoring terrorism and criminal financing laws.
United States

How Trumpism will continue after Trump

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
By the end of the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, what will be evident is the continuation of much of the Trump agenda and an increase in civil rancour in the U.S.
Ethiopia

Civil war in Ethiopia as conflict deepens in Tigray province

JOHN CHERIAN World Affairs
The United Nations warns of a humanitarian crisis as Ethiopia’s central government sends the military into the rebellious Tigray province that has been defying central authority ever since Abiy Ahmad became the Prime Minster in 2018. Thousands of refugees flee into neighbouring Sudan.
COVID-19 Update

Will antibodies be able to protect us from COVID-19?

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Researchers try to answer this question by analysing data in a follow-up to the sero-survey conducted in Pune in July-August and conclude that there is some evidence that a high seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in a locality means that the population there may at least in the short term experience community-level immunity. However, vaccination is the only way to ensure long-term immunity.
COVID-19 vaccine

Oxford vaccine enjoys advantages in race to beat COVID-19

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Among the frontrunners in the race to defeat COVID-19, the Oxford vaccine enjoys a significant advantage as it does not require freezing temperatures for storage and can be quickly produced in large quantities.
Cre-A Ramakrishnan

Cre-A Ramakrishnan: A complete aesthete

Dilip Kumar Obituary
Ramakrishnan was a remarkable short story writer and editor and a visionary publisher whose interests extended much beyond literature. He made fundamental contributions to the establishment of institutions such as Koothu-P-Pattarai, Sampradaya, Mozhi and the Roja Muthiah Research Library.
Soumitra Chatterjee

Soumitra Chatterjee, a cultural tour de force

Soumitra Chatterjee (1935-2020), who captivated and enthralled lovers of serious cinema for over 60 years, was not just an iconic movie star but an inseparable part of the Bengali cultural psyche.
Fighting myths online

Noted historians and scholars use webinars to dispel myths about history

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
A small initiative by Delhi University students to take authentic history to the common man through online platforms gathers a momentum of its own with noted historians addressing webinars to correct the falsification of history.
Defence

Modi government’s decision to drop offset clause in defence deals with foreign governments makes no strategic sense

Ravi Sharma The Nation
The Modi government’s dilution of defence offset norms will starve the country of an opportunity to leverage technology when weapon systems are bought.
Kerala local body elections

LDF track record overshadowed in run-up to local body elections in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar Politics
The political discourse in Kerala ahead of the local body elections is focussed on the multitude of inquiries launched by Central and State agencies and away from the LDF’s governance and development record of the past four years.
Control over digital media

Government seeks to silence online voices by bringing digital media under I&B Ministry

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
By bringing digital news media and OTT platforms under the I&B Ministry and tweaking FDI limits, the government seeks to smother any challenge to the dominant narrative by new age entities.
Dravidian hegemony in Tamil Nadu politics

No room for a third front in Tamil Nadu

An analysis of the Assembly and parliamentary elections held in Tamil Nadu in the past decade clearly indicates that no entity is likely to pose a serious threat to the hegemony of the Dravidian parties, whose vote bases are intact.
Jammu & Kashmir

Congress alliance with Gupkar signatories for DDC elections in J&K poses challenge to BJP

Anando Bhakto Politics
The Congress’ alliance with the N.C., the PDP and other Gupkar signatories for the DCC elections poses a serious challenge to the BJP-RSS game plan in Jammu and Kashmir.
Migrant workers

The Asian workforce in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries

The essays deal with a variety of policies and issues affecting the migrant workforce in the GCC countries.
On wildlife and ecosystems

Colourful descriptions of nature

A collection of essays on wildlife and ecosystems with wonderful facts and inspiring prose.
Essay

The Supreme Court sets at naught the solemn guarantee of the writ of habeas corpus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
In the case of the journalist Siddique Kappan, the Supreme Court abnegates its own responsibility by treating the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts as an acceptable alternative in disposing of habeas corpus petitions.
Divisive by design

Madhya Pradesh government’s anti-love jehad Bill to curb interfaith marriages by ‘forced conversion’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
The Madhya Pradesh government’s anti-‘love jehad’ Bill against forced conversion for interfaith marriage has sparked off unease among Muslims in the State who view it as another tool to repress the community.
Draconian ordinance

U.P. ordinance on “love jehad” criminalises conversion

Kirti Singh Cover Story
The U.P. ordinance on “love jehad” not only places tremendous hurdles in the way of inter-religious marriages but also criminalises conversion even if it is of a person’s own free will.
Interview: Mihir Srivastava

Mihir Srivastava: ‘Love jehad a propaganda for electoral dividends’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Mihir Srivastava, author of “Love Jihadis”.

The myth of love jehad, a ploy by the BJP to polarise society for electoral gains

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
There is no conclusive evidence of ‘love jehad’ in the country as claimed by Hindutva groups and the BJP governments in some States that are making laws to deter interfaith marriages; it is only a bogey raised to bring about communal polarisation.
COVID-19 vaccine

Oxford vaccine enjoys advantages in race to beat COVID-19

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Among the frontrunners in the race to defeat COVID-19, the Oxford vaccine enjoys a significant advantage as it does not require freezing temperatures for storage and can be quickly produced in large quantities.
Fighting myths online

Noted historians and scholars use webinars to dispel myths about history

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
A small initiative by Delhi University students to take authentic history to the common man through online platforms gathers a momentum of its own with noted historians addressing webinars to correct the falsification of history.
Defence

Modi government’s decision to drop offset clause in defence deals with foreign governments makes no strategic sense

Ravi Sharma The Nation
The Modi government’s dilution of defence offset norms will starve the country of an opportunity to leverage technology when weapon systems are bought.
Control over digital media

Government seeks to silence online voices by bringing digital media under I&B Ministry

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
By bringing digital news media and OTT platforms under the I&B Ministry and tweaking FDI limits, the government seeks to smother any challenge to the dominant narrative by new age entities.
Essay

The Supreme Court sets at naught the solemn guarantee of the writ of habeas corpus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
In the case of the journalist Siddique Kappan, the Supreme Court abnegates its own responsibility by treating the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts as an acceptable alternative in disposing of habeas corpus petitions.
An Article of faith

Supreme Court's contrasting views on petitions under Article 32 raise the hackles of experts

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Supreme Court’s recent decisions on petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution raises the question whether this fundamental right has been reduced to a selective remedy under the law.
COVID-19 Update

Will antibodies be able to protect us from COVID-19?

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Researchers try to answer this question by analysing data in a follow-up to the sero-survey conducted in Pune in July-August and conclude that there is some evidence that a high seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in a locality means that the population there may at least in the short term experience community-level immunity. However, vaccination is the only way to ensure long-term immunity.
COVID-19 vaccine

Oxford vaccine enjoys advantages in race to beat COVID-19

R. Ramachandran The Nation
Among the frontrunners in the race to defeat COVID-19, the Oxford vaccine enjoys a significant advantage as it does not require freezing temperatures for storage and can be quickly produced in large quantities.
Cre-A Ramakrishnan

Cre-A Ramakrishnan: A complete aesthete

Dilip Kumar Obituary
Ramakrishnan was a remarkable short story writer and editor and a visionary publisher whose interests extended much beyond literature. He made fundamental contributions to the establishment of institutions such as Koothu-P-Pattarai, Sampradaya, Mozhi and the Roja Muthiah Research Library.
Soumitra Chatterjee

Soumitra Chatterjee, a cultural tour de force

Soumitra Chatterjee (1935-2020), who captivated and enthralled lovers of serious cinema for over 60 years, was not just an iconic movie star but an inseparable part of the Bengali cultural psyche.
Fighting myths online

Noted historians and scholars use webinars to dispel myths about history

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
A small initiative by Delhi University students to take authentic history to the common man through online platforms gathers a momentum of its own with noted historians addressing webinars to correct the falsification of history.
Defence

Modi government’s decision to drop offset clause in defence deals with foreign governments makes no strategic sense

Ravi Sharma The Nation
The Modi government’s dilution of defence offset norms will starve the country of an opportunity to leverage technology when weapon systems are bought.
Kerala local body elections

LDF track record overshadowed in run-up to local body elections in Kerala

R. Krishnakumar Politics
The political discourse in Kerala ahead of the local body elections is focussed on the multitude of inquiries launched by Central and State agencies and away from the LDF’s governance and development record of the past four years.
Control over digital media

Government seeks to silence online voices by bringing digital media under I&B Ministry

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
By bringing digital news media and OTT platforms under the I&B Ministry and tweaking FDI limits, the government seeks to smother any challenge to the dominant narrative by new age entities.
Jammu & Kashmir

Congress alliance with Gupkar signatories for DDC elections in J&K poses challenge to BJP

Anando Bhakto Politics
The Congress’ alliance with the N.C., the PDP and other Gupkar signatories for the DCC elections poses a serious challenge to the BJP-RSS game plan in Jammu and Kashmir.
Essay

The Supreme Court sets at naught the solemn guarantee of the writ of habeas corpus

A.G. Noorani The Nation
In the case of the journalist Siddique Kappan, the Supreme Court abnegates its own responsibility by treating the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts as an acceptable alternative in disposing of habeas corpus petitions.
An Article of faith

Supreme Court's contrasting views on petitions under Article 32 raise the hackles of experts

Divya Trivedi The Nation
The Supreme Court’s recent decisions on petitions under Article 32 of the Constitution raises the question whether this fundamental right has been reduced to a selective remedy under the law.
Caste factor in Tamil Nadu

A caste variant of love jehad vitiates social atmosphere in Tamil Nadu

The concept of ‘love jehad’ has not found favour in Tamil Nadu, but ‘caste purity’ has taken its place in vitiating the social atmosphere in cases of inter-caste marriages.
Love Jehad & Karnataka

Karnataka’s role in creating the trope of love jehad despite no proven cases

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Cover Story
The fact that allegations of love jehad have never been proved in Karnataka has not prevented Hindu right-wing groups from using the term to advance their agenda.
The myth of 'love jehad'

U.P. becomes the first State in the country to pass an ordinance on ‘love jehad’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Uttar Pradesh has become the first State in the country to pass an ordinance on ‘love jehad’. The roots of hate can be traced to the seeds of discord sown much earlier.
Divisive by design

Madhya Pradesh government’s anti-love jehad Bill to curb interfaith marriages by ‘forced conversion’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
The Madhya Pradesh government’s anti-‘love jehad’ Bill against forced conversion for interfaith marriage has sparked off unease among Muslims in the State who view it as another tool to repress the community.
Interview: Mihir Srivastava

Mihir Srivastava: ‘Love jehad a propaganda for electoral dividends’

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
Interview with Mihir Srivastava, author of “Love Jihadis”.

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