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COVER STORY

26-02-2021

Muzzling the Media (February 26, 2021)

Briefing

Cover Story

A republic of rants: Arnab Goswami roams free despite WhatsApp chat leak

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Arnab Goswami continues to roam free despite damning WhatsApp chats on security and TRP manipulation, but it remains to be seen if his protectors in the Centre will continue to shield him.
Tractor Rally

Prejudice on show in the media coverage of farmers' rally on Republic Day

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The emphasis in the media coverage of the untoward incidents on Republic Day was on drama, histrionics and hyperbole.
Cover Story

Govt muffling voices in Kashmir Valley through crackdowns on newspapers and intimidation of journalists

By launching crackdowns on newspapers and resorting to harassment and intimidation of mediapersons who do not toe the official line, the government is smothering journalism in the Kashmir Valley.
Interview: Vinod Jose

Vinod Jose: ‘We are seeing a culture of intolerance’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Vinod Jose, executive editor of “The Caravan”.
Film Review

Film review: 'The Great Indian Kitchen' discusses gender issues and patriarchal values in relationships

The Malayalam movie 'The Great Indian Kitchen' addresses the gender issue by bringing into the narrative the oppressive patriarchal values within communities, relationships and institutions.
Uganda

Museveni declares victory over Bobi Wine and will be in power for another five years

John Cherian World Affairs
President Yoweri Museveni has declared himself victor in the recently concluded presidential election that was marked by the unparalleled use of strong-arm methods that left his challenger, Bobi Wine, with no chance.
U.S.-Iran

New regime, old games: U.S. goes slow on restoring nuclear treaty with Iran

John Cherian World Affairs
The Biden administration seems to be in no hurry to restore the nuclear treaty with Iran, which is increasingly losing patience, while Israel is busy sabre-rattling to prevent the two nations from signing a deal.
Nepal

New political crisis in Nepal

S.D. Muni World Affairs
As Nepal’s ruling Communist Party grapples with a leadership tussle, there are powerful sections within India’s National Democratic Alliance that may want the forces led by the ousted monarchy under the Hindutva umbrella to become a decisive force in the neighbouring country.
The United States

Foreign policy challenges that U.S. President Joe Biden faces in Asia

Vijay Prashad World Affairs
Even as Asia remains the most important frontline of United States President Joe Biden’s foreign policy, there are clear indications that his administration will continue, perhaps even deepen, the U.S’ hybrid war on China.
Communalism

How hate is brewed in Hindutva’s laboratory

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Communalism
A report on recent trends in communal violence in Gujarat notes a shift in the scene of violence from urban to rural areas, the use of social media to spread hate, and the different ways in which communal polarisation has manifested itself over the years.
Suicides in Armed Forces

At war with the self: Indian armed forces register alarming suicide trend

The alarmingly high number of serving soldiers committing suicide while on duty calls for an urgent need for structural changes in the armed forces and a greater focus on remedies for those in conflict zones.
West Bengal

The exodus from Trinamool to BJP is on

A fresh round of defections from the Trinamool Congress, led by former Cabinet Minister Rajib Banerjee, has come as a major blow to the ruling party.
COVID-19

COVID and other diseases: An Animal Farm perspective

The global burdens of COVID and the global benefits of anti-COVID policy have been skewed against the poorer nations of the world, and within nations, against the poor and the vulnerable.
Essay

RSS as Vishwaguru

A.G. Noorani The Nation
The RSS’ drive to position India as preacher to the world encapsulates a long-term political programme of eliminating political dissent within the country and, later, establishing control over South Asia.
Farmers' Movement

Allahabad High Court halts the Uttar Pradesh government's attempts to intimidate farmers

Divya Trivedi Agriculture
The Allahabad High Court intervenes against the Uttar Pradesh government’s intimidation of protesting farmers.
RAILWAY BUDGET

The Finance Minister has dressed up the Indian Railways’ balance sheet, indulged in tokenism and in grand projections

R. Elangovan Economy
The budget reveals a shocking collapse of the Railways’ revenues and shows that no significant investments are likely to be initiated to build its neglected infrastructure.
Farmers' Agitation and the CAA protests

A tale of two protests: farmers’ protest and Shaheen Bagh

Ziya Us Salam Agriculture
While the government has shown more willingness to engage with the protesting farmers than it did in the case of the Shaheen Bagh sit-in, nothing has come of the repeated parleys because there were no real concessions.
Cover Story

A republic of rants: Arnab Goswami roams free despite WhatsApp chat leak

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Arnab Goswami continues to roam free despite damning WhatsApp chats on security and TRP manipulation, but it remains to be seen if his protectors in the Centre will continue to shield him.
Union Budget

The Union Budget is marked by an overall compression of expenditures for agriculture

R. Ramakumar Economy
The Budget shows no commitment to agricultural growth or farmers’ welfare. Against the background of the raging farmers’ agitation, this is only likely to widen the government’s trust deficit with farmers.
Tractor Rally

Prejudice on show in the media coverage of farmers' rally on Republic Day

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The emphasis in the media coverage of the untoward incidents on Republic Day was on drama, histrionics and hyperbole.
Free Speech in India

The Union government’s assault on free speech

While charging students, activists, comedians and journalists under criminal and anti-terrorism laws, the government’s strategy to curb criticism is palpable. Its battle against free speech is often tainted with the communal element.
Farmers' Movement

The BJP government's Goebbelsian campaign against the farmers’ agitation

The BJP government has resorted to a Goebbelsian campaign against the farmers’ agitation. But the protesting farmers are firm that they will overcome its machinations.
Editor's Note

I love the way you lie

R. Vijaya Sankar Cover Story
‘Thiruvilayadal Puranam’ is a collection of 64 Saivaite devotional stories written by the Tamil sage Paranjothi Munivar in the sixteenth century ...
Cover Story

Muzzling the media: How the Modi regime continues to undermine the news landscape

The recent arrests of several journalists mark yet another shameful chapter in the Modi regime’s relentless undermining of the fourth estate by harassing those who speak truth to power and rewarding pliant individuals and institutions, with the goal of turning India’s vibrant media into a durbar of yes-men.
COVID-19

COVID and other diseases: An Animal Farm perspective

The global burdens of COVID and the global benefits of anti-COVID policy have been skewed against the poorer nations of the world, and within nations, against the poor and the vulnerable.
Farmers' Movement

Allahabad High Court halts the Uttar Pradesh government's attempts to intimidate farmers

Divya Trivedi Agriculture
The Allahabad High Court intervenes against the Uttar Pradesh government’s intimidation of protesting farmers.
Farmers' Agitation and the CAA protests

A tale of two protests: farmers’ protest and Shaheen Bagh

Ziya Us Salam Agriculture
While the government has shown more willingness to engage with the protesting farmers than it did in the case of the Shaheen Bagh sit-in, nothing has come of the repeated parleys because there were no real concessions.
Union Budget 2021-22

A Budget that doubly punishes victims of the pandemic

Zico Dasgupta The Nation
The Union Budget 2020-21 is biased in favour of those who were spared the worst effects of the pandemic and imposes even more burdens on those whose lives were ravaged by it.

Farmers' agitation: The setback and then the surge

After the unsavoury events of Republic Day, the farmers’ agitation has bounced back with renewed strength led by Rakesh Tikait of the BKU beating all odds and a government going out of its way to suppress the movement.
Development

‘Successful use of humanity, reliance on reasoning and public discussion’, key assets that will help Kerala as it looks ahead: Amartya Sen

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
 If it is to pursue the future with the same success and more than in the past, Kerala needs to continue its reliance on humanity, reasoning and ...
Webinar on Kerala Looks Ahead

Stiglitz describes Central government as ‘economically incompetent in many ways’; tells Kerala to go its own way in development strategy

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
Kerala that has so far relied on remittances from the Gulf countries as a source of income has to generate its own productive capacities and think ...
Suicides in Armed Forces

At war with the self: Indian armed forces register alarming suicide trend

The alarmingly high number of serving soldiers committing suicide while on duty calls for an urgent need for structural changes in the armed forces and a greater focus on remedies for those in conflict zones.
West Bengal

The exodus from Trinamool to BJP is on

A fresh round of defections from the Trinamool Congress, led by former Cabinet Minister Rajib Banerjee, has come as a major blow to the ruling party.
Essay

RSS as Vishwaguru

A.G. Noorani The Nation
The RSS’ drive to position India as preacher to the world encapsulates a long-term political programme of eliminating political dissent within the country and, later, establishing control over South Asia.
Farmers' Movement

Allahabad High Court halts the Uttar Pradesh government's attempts to intimidate farmers

Divya Trivedi Agriculture
The Allahabad High Court intervenes against the Uttar Pradesh government’s intimidation of protesting farmers.
RAILWAY BUDGET

The Finance Minister has dressed up the Indian Railways’ balance sheet, indulged in tokenism and in grand projections

R. Elangovan Economy
The budget reveals a shocking collapse of the Railways’ revenues and shows that no significant investments are likely to be initiated to build its neglected infrastructure.
Farmers' Agitation and the CAA protests

A tale of two protests: farmers’ protest and Shaheen Bagh

Ziya Us Salam Agriculture
While the government has shown more willingness to engage with the protesting farmers than it did in the case of the Shaheen Bagh sit-in, nothing has come of the repeated parleys because there were no real concessions.
Cover Story

A republic of rants: Arnab Goswami roams free despite WhatsApp chat leak

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Arnab Goswami continues to roam free despite damning WhatsApp chats on security and TRP manipulation, but it remains to be seen if his protectors in the Centre will continue to shield him.
Union Budget

The Union Budget is marked by an overall compression of expenditures for agriculture

R. Ramakumar Economy
The Budget shows no commitment to agricultural growth or farmers’ welfare. Against the background of the raging farmers’ agitation, this is only likely to widen the government’s trust deficit with farmers.
Tractor Rally

Prejudice on show in the media coverage of farmers' rally on Republic Day

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The emphasis in the media coverage of the untoward incidents on Republic Day was on drama, histrionics and hyperbole.
Cover Story

Govt muffling voices in Kashmir Valley through crackdowns on newspapers and intimidation of journalists

By launching crackdowns on newspapers and resorting to harassment and intimidation of mediapersons who do not toe the official line, the government is smothering journalism in the Kashmir Valley.
Union Budget 2021-22

A Budget that doubly punishes victims of the pandemic

Zico Dasgupta The Nation
The Union Budget 2020-21 is biased in favour of those who were spared the worst effects of the pandemic and imposes even more burdens on those whose lives were ravaged by it.
Free Speech in India

The Union government’s assault on free speech

While charging students, activists, comedians and journalists under criminal and anti-terrorism laws, the government’s strategy to curb criticism is palpable. Its battle against free speech is often tainted with the communal element.
Interview: Vinod Jose

Vinod Jose: ‘We are seeing a culture of intolerance’

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Interview with Vinod Jose, executive editor of “The Caravan”.
Union Budget

Union Budget 2021-22: Wages of inequality

V. Sridhar Economy
Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget for 2021-22 is aggressively tilted in favour of the privileged and denies succour to those worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks a significant point in the journey of liberalisation in India.
Farmers' Movement

The BJP government's Goebbelsian campaign against the farmers’ agitation

The BJP government has resorted to a Goebbelsian campaign against the farmers’ agitation. But the protesting farmers are firm that they will overcome its machinations.

Farmers' agitation: The setback and then the surge

After the unsavoury events of Republic Day, the farmers’ agitation has bounced back with renewed strength led by Rakesh Tikait of the BKU beating all odds and a government going out of its way to suppress the movement.