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12-02-2021

West Bengal Assembly election 2021: A battle on many fronts (February 12, 2021)

Briefing

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The 1894 peasant uprising

The gallantry of the peasants of Pothorughat, who revolted against revenue hike, has inspired the people of Assam for over a century

India
The killing of 140 unarmed peasants protesting against the increase in land tax by the British at Pothorughat in Assam in 1894, 25 years before the Ja
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Copyright Issues

Cases against Sci-Hub and Libgen imply long-term consequences to research and education in India

India
The cases filed by publishers for a blanket ban of free online repositories Sci-Hub and Libgen will seriously undermine the ability of researchers to
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Kannada lexicographer

G. Venkatasubbaiah: A centenarian’s life-long scholarly journey with the Kannada language as a lexicographer, grammarian, writer and editor

Arts & Culture
G. Venkatasubbaiah dedicated his life to the development of Kannada linguistics, lexicography and research studies. At 107, he continues his ardent as
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Arnabgate

Arnab Goswami: Our man in the media

India
A leaked document of WhatsApp chat transcipts incriminates Arnab Goswami, editor of Republic TV, exposing his nexus with top political leaders and com
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Essay

Trial by media flouts principle of fair trial

India
The judicial system is weakened if the media are allowed to conduct trials of accused persons, and the principle of fair trial on the basis of evidenc
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Communalism

Communal violence in Ujjain, Indore, Mandsaur following rallies to collect funds for Ram temple

Communalism
Rallies to collect funds for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya have resulted in Hindutva warriors instigating communal violence in differe
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United States

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assume office in a smooth transition of power in the United States

World Affairs
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris assume office in a smooth transition of power in the United States, which is still reverberating from the shocks of the vi
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Interview: Joginder Singh Ugrahan

Joginder Singh Ugrahan: 'It’s the government that is stubborn'

India
Interview with Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan).
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COVID-19 Update

Bhopal gas tragedy victims were used as guinea pigs for COVID vaccine trials

India
Bhopal gas tragedy victims were used as guinea pigs for COVID vaccine trials in total violation of ethical and medical norms.
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Vaccine confusion

India and COVID-19: Government's vaccination drive a total mess

India
The government’s vaccination drive has been fraught with deficiencies in communication and delivery of doses, along with doubts regarding Covaxin’s ef
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Farmers' Protests

Lachhman Sewewala: ‘Under the farm laws, the farmer will lose his land and we will lose the PDS’

India
Interview with Lachhman Sewewala, general secretary, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union.
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Jammu and Kashmir

Lone exits PAGD; internal rumblings within Gupkar alliance apparent

India
The Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference’s departure from the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration raises questions about whether the alliance it
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Farmers reject abeyance ploy

Government running out of options in face of resolute farmers' agitation

Politics
Agitating farmers reject the government’s ‘abeyance ploy’, leaving the BJP with no room to save its face, while the opposition gets ready to grill the
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Movements

Protesting farmers stay firm

India
The protesting farmers on Delhi’s borders rejected the Central government’s offer of suspension of the contentious laws and are determined to stay and
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Interview: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: 'West Bengal Congress’ priority is to gain strength to survive and restore lost ground'

Lead Story
Interview with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, five-time Congress MP from Baharampur.
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AIMIM & the Indian Secular Front

New front threatens to divide Muslim votes in Bengal

Lead Story
The AIMIM and the influential Bengali Islamist leader Abbas Siddiqui’s new party, the Indian Secular Front, together may become a deciding factor in t
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Interview: Surjya Kanta Mishra

Surjya Kanta Mishra: 'West Bengal Left bringing secular forces together to fight Trinamool and BJP'

Lead Story
Interview with Surjya Kanta Mishra, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member.
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Left-Congress combine

The Left and the Congress seek to regain relevance in Bengal politics

Lead Story
The Left-Congress combine hopes to emerge as the dark horse by winning back the anti-Trinamool voters who are ideologically opposed to the BJP.
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Interview: Kailash Vijayvargiya

Kailash Vijayvargiya: 'The people of West Bengal see the BJP and the leadership of Modi as the only alternative'

Lead Story
Interview with Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP national general secretary.
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BJP

BJP uses defection as a political device in Bengal election run-up

Lead Story
Defection has been the most talked-about issue in the run-up to the 2021 Assembly election as the BJP, in a favourable environment and in the absence
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Trinamool Congress

It's do or die for Trinamool ahead of 2021 Assembly election

Lead Story
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to face her toughest battle yet, which will decide her own and the Trinamool Congress’ political rel
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Interview: Mahua Moitra

Mahua Moitra: 'The fight in West Bengal is between the BJP and Trinamool Congress'

Lead Story
Interview with Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress MP.
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Darjeeling Hills

Uncertain prospects for Trinamool in Darjeeling hills

Lead Story
The BJP-GNLF combine looks to gain from the disarray in the opposition camp as Bimal Gurung comes out of hiding and decides to support Mamata Banerjee
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Digitisation and oil industry

Books
A must read for the academic and industrial practitioners in the oil and gas industry.
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West Bengal Assembly Election

No holds barred in Bengal as parties gear up for Assembly election

Lead Story
As the State heads for possibly its most violent Assembly election, the Trinamool Congress and the BJP, the main adversaries, spit fire at each other;
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Economic Perspectives

Few reasons to hope Union Budget 2021 will be one 'like never before' as claimed by Finance Minister

Columns
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claims that Union Budget 2021 will be one “like never before”, but the Narendra Modi government’s persistent neol
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Interview: Prakash Karat

Prakash Karat: ‘Our stress is on the widest unity against authoritarianism’

India
Interview with Prakash Karat, former general secretary of the CPI(M).
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Pollution

Maharashtra has the second-highest number of air pollution–related deaths in the country

Environment
With rural and semi-rural areas in the State lacking waste management programmes, the burning of mixed wastes is common. And an ICMR report released i