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26-03-2021

Politics of Topplers and Turncoats (March 26, 2021)

Briefing

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U.S. & Saudi Arabia

U.S. intelligence report states that MBS approved the 2018 operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Khashoggi

World Affairs
The Biden administration releases a U.S. intelligence report that spells out Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the brutal killing of Jamal Kh
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Labour Issues

NITI Aayog's draft national policy on migrant workers: A narrow vision document

India
The NITI Aayog draft national policy on migrant workers opts for a rights-based framework instead of a handout approach in addressing the concerns of
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Madhya Pradesh

The BJP defers panchayat election in Madhya Pradesh using pandemic as excuse

Politics
The postponement of the local body elections in Madhya Pradesh leads to speculation that the ruling BJP fears an adverse outcome in view of the genera
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West Asia

ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes in occupied Palestinian territories

World Affairs
The International Criminal Court has ruled that it has the jurisdiction to investigate all of Israel’s actions, including possible war crimes and buil
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Agriculture

‘Negative support’ to Indian farmers: myth or reality?

Agriculture
The argument that the Indian farmer is overburdened by “negative support” has become contentious in the context of the recent farm laws. In reality, t
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COVID-19 Update

Kerala initiates “Back to the Basics” campaign to contain the spread of coronavirus infection

India
The spurt in positive cases in Kerala draws criticism but the Left Front government says the trajectory of the pandemic is not surprising and that del
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COVID-19 Update

Worrying increase in Maharashtra COVID cases

India
Maharashtra’s COVID count rises again, this time more in the districts, but the government says things are under control.
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COVID-19 Update

Promising interim Phase 3 trial data a shot in the arm for acceptance of Covaxin

Health
Following Covaxin’s promising interim Phase 3 results and the WHO’s recommendation on the use of Covishield for the elderly, the pace of vaccinations
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COVID-19 Update

Is India on the verge of a second COVID wave?

Health
The steady nationwide surge in cases, even as the vaccination drive is under way, has raised legitimate concerns that India may be on the verge of a s
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Farmers' Movement

The farmers’ protest completes a hundred days and forges new solidarities across castes and communities

Agriculture
The ongoing farmers’ protest at the Delhi borders, which recently completed 100 days, has not only spread to the rural hinterland but also forged new
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ESSAY

Government's game of prosecution

India
The present dispensation uses prosecution as a tool to silence critics and opponents in a way that makes the legal process a punishment in itself.
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ASSEMBLY ELECTION: Assam

Revolt in Assam BJP and allies over seat-sharing deal

Politics
Election to the 126-member Assam Assembly, scheduled to be held in three phases, sees the BJP, AGP and UPPL forge an electoral alliance. But the Congr
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Assembly Election: Kerala

LDF confident of second innings in Kerala

Politics
Bolstered by the resounding victory in the local body elections, and with the UDF in disarray, the ruling Left Democratic Front exudes hope of securin
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Cover story: Governors' role

Governors doing the Centre’s bidding

Lead Story
As an appointee of the Centre, many a Governor has chosen to serve the political interests of the ruling party at the Centre and chosen to forget his
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Digital media

With new rules for digital media, the noose tightens

India
Jittery over the swelling tide of online dissent, the government issues new rules that give it overarching powers to control digital media under the g
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COVER STORY: Anti-defection law

Anti-defection law ridden with loopholes, prone to misuse

Lead Story
Legal experts want the anti-defection law to be re-examined as it is not equipped in its present form to prevent rampant misuse of its provisions.
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Cover Story: Karnataka

The BJP’s use of allurements to come to power in Karnataka

Lead Story
The BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ in 2008 and enticement of MLAs through offers of money and ministerial positions in 2019 perhaps set the tone for the BJP’
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Cover Story: Madhya Pradesh

Poaching for power in Madhya Pradesh

Lead Story
There was perhaps more to it than met the eye in the drama that unfolded in Madhya Pradesh in March 2020 and ended in the unseating of the Kamal Nath
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COVER STORY: Rajasthan

Close shave in Rajasthan

Lead Story
The Congress saved its government in Rajasthan last year, but as long as there are methods to skirt the Tenth Schedule, a government with a thin major
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Goa

Political flip-flops, Goan style

Lead Story
In stark contrast to its laid-back culture, Goa has been a hotbed of political opportunism which the BJP has used to the hilt.
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Assembly Elections 2021: Tamil Nadu

Moments of high drama lie in store ahead of 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly election

Politics
With twists and turns at every corner, the run-up to the Tamil Nadu Assembly election is packed with suspense and intrigue as the political fronts led
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COVER STORY: West Bengal

Bengal BJP: Lotus of borrowed petals

Lead Story
Riding high on the shoulders of leaders who defected from other parties, the BJP has made defection one of its principal political strategies in the S
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Maharashtra

The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra shows resilience in the face of the BJP's ploys to destabilise it

Lead Story
Despite repeated attempts by the BJP to destabilise the government in the State, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has remained stable
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Assembly Elections 2021: Puducherry

The Congress and the N.R. Congress remain prime contenders in Puducherry even as the BJP looks to make inroads

Politics
While the Congress and the N.R. Congress fight it out in Puducherry, the BJP is expected to carry on its mission of undermining the public mandate.
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ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2021: West Bengal

High-stakes triangular contest in Bengal for the 2021 assembly election

Politics
The entry of the Indian Secular Front in a big way into the electoral arena has changed the electoral equations and calculations in West Bengal.
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Interview: V. Narayanasamy

V. Narayanasamy on BJP’s twin-track toppling game

Lead Story
Interview with V. Narayanasamy, former Chief Minister of Puducherry.
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COVER STORY: Puducherry

Coordinated resignations of legislators in Puducherry just ahead of the Assembly election

Lead Story
The coordinated resignations of legislators in Puducherry just ahead of the Assembly election smack of the BJP’s devious plans to topple governments.
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Interview: N. Rangasamy

‘It was our duty to seek a trust vote’

Lead Story
Interview with N. Rangasamy, former Chief Minister of Puducherry.
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Book Review: "Forts of the Deccan: 1200-1800" (edited by Nicolas Faucherre and Nicolas Morelle)

Books
The volume enhances the understanding of the forts of medieval Deccan and, concomitantly, the history of the region.
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Economic Perspectives

Pakistan caught in debt trap

Columns
Pakistan’s debt crisis, further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is the result of not only its fiscal profligacy but also the supply side debt pus
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Cover story

BJP’s brazen ventures to topple democratically elected governments in the name of Operation Lotus makes a mockery of democracy

Lead Story
In the face of its failure to achieve its goal of a Congress-free India, the Bharatiya Janata Party is on a spree of toppling legitimately elected gov