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COVER STORY

12-03-2021

Revisiting Pulwama (March 12, 2021)

Pulwama: was there a conspiracy?

Briefing

Revisiting Pulwama

Frosty relations with Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack

John Cherian Cover Story
Post Pulwama, India-Pakistan ties took a nosedive with the Modi government claiming that its hard-line tactics made Pakistan bend to its will when the reality was that international diplomacy helped ease tensions.
Farmers' agitation

Popular resentment against the BJP-led Centre rises as ongoing farmers' agitation spreads, shows effects in Punjab local body elections

The spread of the farmers’ agitation to many parts of northern India, the traction it gets from other sections of society and the decimation of the BJP and the Akali Dal in the Punjab local body elections, seen as a reflection of mounting popular resentment, have rattled the BJP and its government.
Pulwama Revisited

Why were intelligence inputs ahead of Pulwama attack ignored?

Frontline is now in possession of official documents that underscore the point that the whereabouts of the Pulwama attack’s key conspirator, Mudasir Ahmed Khan, and his nefarious intent to launch a fidayeen strike were known to intelligence agencies.
Revisiting Pulwama

Jingoism as politics

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
The ‘nationalist sentiment’ Modi evoked at every election rally post-Pulwama attack and his frequent exhortations around the Balakot air strikes and terrorism helped turn around the BJP’s waning fortunes in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
LEPAKSHI TEMPLE

The grandeur of the Vijayanagar era temple at Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Built in the 16th century, the golden age of the Vijayanagar empire, the Lepakshi temple in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh boasts impressive sculptures and exquisite murals portraying stylised versions of scenes from Hindu lore on its ceilings.
Interview: Audrey Truschke

Audrey Truschke: ‘I am not alone in refusing to sway with the Indian political winds’

Ziya Us Salam Arts & Culture
Interview with the historian Audrey Truschke.
TRIBUTE: Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer (1929-2021): Captain out of a trap

Actor Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) was much more than Captain von Trapp, the role that he is most identified with. In a remarkable career of over seven decades, his dapper, upper-class screen persona belied the sheer range of his acting abilities and the tremendous subtlety and nuance at his command.
TRIBUTE

A historian as myth buster

R. Mahalakshmi Obituary
Professor D.N. Jha (1940-2021) sought to bring the dis-privileged into the historical canvas and celebrated pluralism and dissent in his writings.
Justice P.B. Sawant

Justice P.B. Sawant (1930-2021): Champion of civil liberties

Lyla Bavadam Obituary
Justice (retired) P.B. Sawant (1930-2021) will be remembered for his deep involvement in social activism, his unfaltering position on civil and human rights, and his anti-communal and anti-caste standpoints.
DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

Funds crunch cripples industrialisation in North-eastern States

The Narendra Modi government’s industrialisation policy for the north-eastern States has proved to be a non-starter as it is highly centralised and fund allocation for it is abysmally low.
RENEWABLE ENERGY

Maharashtra aims to achieve 40 per cent electricity generation through renewable sources by 2030

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Maharashtra government pushes for solar power generation under its new unconventional energy policy.
India & China

Signs of a thaw between India and China

John Cherian World Affairs
The agreement between India and China to withdraw their troops deployed in the Pangong Tso area is a positive sign of the two sides returning to the pre-April 2020 positions in eastern Ladakh.
EDUCATION

Education in the time of pandemic

Online teaching cannot be a substitute for physical schools and the opportunities that schools offer for learning and building relationships.
CONTROVERSY

Bhima Koregaon case: planted evidence?

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
Investigations by Arsenal Consulting, a global digital forensics consulting company, have revealed that evidence had been planted in the activist Rona Wilson’s computer, raising larger issues of unethical surveillance and motivated targeting of individuals.
Disaster

Chamoli flash flood: A wake-up call

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Geologists and glaciologists see the recent landslide and flash flood in Uttarakhand as part of inevitable natural processes given the fragility of the Himalayan region, but affirm that close monitoring and study of such processes are crucial to preventing the recurrence of disasters that result in significant human cost.
CHAMOLI DISASTER

‘Our scientists have not found any evidence of a glacial lake in the region so far’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kalachand Sain, Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.
Disha Ravi's Arrest

Disha Ravi’s arrest sparks off protests in Bengaluru

Friends, former classmates and members of civil society are speaking up and protesting against the Delhi Police’s arrest of Disha A. Ravi, a young and passionate environmentalist, in Bengaluru, both for the manner in which it was carried out and for the ostensible reasons for it.
Disaster

Himalayan tragedy in Uttarakhand

The flash flood in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which left death and ruin in its wake, was a man-made calamity resulting from the government’s decision to allow destructive development activity in the fragile Himalayan region.
Interview: Kanwar Grewal

Kanwar Grewal: ‘I feel very responsible for what is happening around me’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kanwar Grewal, singer.
Interview: Sarwan Singh Pandher

Sarwan Singh Pandher: ‘The government has to first create an environment conducive to talks’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Interview with Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab.
Revisiting Pulwama

New world order and Pulwama

SIDDIQ WAHID Cover Story
The apparent failure to act on intelligence inputs ahead of the Pulwama attack is alarming enough, but it is downright frightening to analyse the chain effect and geopolitical ramifications of the preventable terror strike.
Editor's Note

The nation wants to know

R. Vijaya Sankar Cover Story
“Patriotism can’t be our final spiritual shelter. I will not buy glass for the price of diamonds and I will never allow patriotism to triumph over ...
Pulwama attack

Eleven intelligence inputs warning of Pulwama attack were ignored

Anando Bhakto Cover Story
Frontline’s investigation reveals that 11 intelligence inputs warning of the Pulwama terrorist attack of February 14, 2019, were ignored. Who was responsible for the “oversight”, which resulted in the death of 40 CRPF personnel, the Balakot surgical strike, and ultimately the thumping electoral victory of the BJP?
EDUCATION

Education in the time of pandemic

Online teaching cannot be a substitute for physical schools and the opportunities that schools offer for learning and building relationships.
CONTROVERSY

Bhima Koregaon case: planted evidence?

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
Investigations by Arsenal Consulting, a global digital forensics consulting company, have revealed that evidence had been planted in the activist Rona Wilson’s computer, raising larger issues of unethical surveillance and motivated targeting of individuals.
CHAMOLI DISASTER

‘Our scientists have not found any evidence of a glacial lake in the region so far’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kalachand Sain, Director, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.
Disaster

Chamoli flash flood: A wake-up call

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Geologists and glaciologists see the recent landslide and flash flood in Uttarakhand as part of inevitable natural processes given the fragility of the Himalayan region, but affirm that close monitoring and study of such processes are crucial to preventing the recurrence of disasters that result in significant human cost.
Disha Ravi's Arrest

Disha Ravi’s arrest sparks off protests in Bengaluru

Friends, former classmates and members of civil society are speaking up and protesting against the Delhi Police’s arrest of Disha A. Ravi, a young and passionate environmentalist, in Bengaluru, both for the manner in which it was carried out and for the ostensible reasons for it.
Disaster

Himalayan tragedy in Uttarakhand

The flash flood in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which left death and ruin in its wake, was a man-made calamity resulting from the government’s decision to allow destructive development activity in the fragile Himalayan region.
Interview: Kanwar Grewal

Kanwar Grewal: ‘I feel very responsible for what is happening around me’

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Kanwar Grewal, singer.
Interview: Sarwan Singh Pandher

Sarwan Singh Pandher: ‘The government has to first create an environment conducive to talks’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Interview with Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab.
Farmers' movement

Farmers' movement gathers steam in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Support from the khaps of western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and protests across the country have infused new energy into the farmers’ movement amidst the government’s devious attempts to stifle dissent.
Interview: Audrey Truschke

Audrey Truschke: ‘I am not alone in refusing to sway with the Indian political winds’

Ziya Us Salam Arts & Culture
Interview with the historian Audrey Truschke.
TRIBUTE: Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer (1929-2021): Captain out of a trap

Actor Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) was much more than Captain von Trapp, the role that he is most identified with. In a remarkable career of over seven decades, his dapper, upper-class screen persona belied the sheer range of his acting abilities and the tremendous subtlety and nuance at his command.
TRIBUTE

A historian as myth buster

R. Mahalakshmi Obituary
Professor D.N. Jha (1940-2021) sought to bring the dis-privileged into the historical canvas and celebrated pluralism and dissent in his writings.
Justice P.B. Sawant

Justice P.B. Sawant (1930-2021): Champion of civil liberties

Lyla Bavadam Obituary
Justice (retired) P.B. Sawant (1930-2021) will be remembered for his deep involvement in social activism, his unfaltering position on civil and human rights, and his anti-communal and anti-caste standpoints.
DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

Funds crunch cripples industrialisation in North-eastern States

The Narendra Modi government’s industrialisation policy for the north-eastern States has proved to be a non-starter as it is highly centralised and fund allocation for it is abysmally low.
RENEWABLE ENERGY

Maharashtra aims to achieve 40 per cent electricity generation through renewable sources by 2030

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Maharashtra government pushes for solar power generation under its new unconventional energy policy.
India & China

Signs of a thaw between India and China

John Cherian World Affairs
The agreement between India and China to withdraw their troops deployed in the Pangong Tso area is a positive sign of the two sides returning to the pre-April 2020 positions in eastern Ladakh.
EDUCATION

Education in the time of pandemic

Online teaching cannot be a substitute for physical schools and the opportunities that schools offer for learning and building relationships.
CONTROVERSY

Bhima Koregaon case: planted evidence?

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
Investigations by Arsenal Consulting, a global digital forensics consulting company, have revealed that evidence had been planted in the activist Rona Wilson’s computer, raising larger issues of unethical surveillance and motivated targeting of individuals.
Disaster

Chamoli flash flood: A wake-up call

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Geologists and glaciologists see the recent landslide and flash flood in Uttarakhand as part of inevitable natural processes given the fragility of the Himalayan region, but affirm that close monitoring and study of such processes are crucial to preventing the recurrence of disasters that result in significant human cost.
Disha Ravi's Arrest

Disha Ravi’s arrest sparks off protests in Bengaluru

Friends, former classmates and members of civil society are speaking up and protesting against the Delhi Police’s arrest of Disha A. Ravi, a young and passionate environmentalist, in Bengaluru, both for the manner in which it was carried out and for the ostensible reasons for it.
Disaster

Himalayan tragedy in Uttarakhand

The flash flood in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which left death and ruin in its wake, was a man-made calamity resulting from the government’s decision to allow destructive development activity in the fragile Himalayan region.
Interview: Sarwan Singh Pandher

Sarwan Singh Pandher: ‘The government has to first create an environment conducive to talks’

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Interview with Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab.
Farmers' movement

Farmers' movement gathers steam in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh

T.K. Rajalakshmi Agriculture
Support from the khaps of western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and protests across the country have infused new energy into the farmers’ movement amidst the government’s devious attempts to stifle dissent.
POLITICS

Trinamool stares at split in Muslim vote

New political equations emerge in West Bengal with the Left-Congress alliance in the process of sealing an understanding with the influential Islamist leader Abbas Siddiqui’s party.
Farmers' agitation

Popular resentment against the BJP-led Centre rises as ongoing farmers' agitation spreads, shows effects in Punjab local body elections

The spread of the farmers’ agitation to many parts of northern India, the traction it gets from other sections of society and the decimation of the BJP and the Akali Dal in the Punjab local body elections, seen as a reflection of mounting popular resentment, have rattled the BJP and its government.