COVER STORY

26-03-2021

Politics of Topplers and Turncoats (March 26, 2021)

Briefing

Cover story: Governors' role

Governors doing the Centre’s bidding

Sanjay Hegde Cover 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 designated role as the first citizen of the State over which he reigns but does not rule.
COVER STORY: Anti-defection law

Anti-defection law ridden with loopholes, prone to misuse

Ziya Us Salam Cover 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.
COVER STORY: Rajasthan

Close shave in Rajasthan

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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 majority and ambitious legislators will always find itself facing instability.
Cover Story: Karnataka

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover 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’s actions to manufacture the majority in other States where it had fallen short.
Interview: Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel: ‘Structurally, we have already arrived at a Hindu Rashtra’

Ziya Us Salam Arts & Culture
Interview with Aakar Patel, author of “Our Hindu Rashtra”.
Labour Issues

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

Anupama Katakam The Nation
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 migrant workers. But analysts seek a more holistic, broader and futuristic policy.
U.S. & Saudi Arabia

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

John Cherian 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 Khashoggi, but it is clear that the U.S., for fear of a trusted ally seeking new strategic partners, has only sought partial accountability from the Saudi leadership.
Madhya Pradesh

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

Anando Bhakto 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 general distrust among the public.
West Asia

ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes in occupied Palestinian territories

John Cherian 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 building of settlements, in the Palestinian territories it annexed after 1967.
Agriculture

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

The argument that the Indian farmer is overburdened by “negative support” has become contentious in the context of the recent farm laws. In reality, this does not hold up to scrutiny.
COVID-19 Update

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

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
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 delaying the peak and the slow but prolonged disease transmission have helped keep COVID-related deaths low.
COVID-19 Update

Worrying increase in Maharashtra COVID cases

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

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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 in India is likely to improve. So far, the total number of people who have been vaccinated is far fewer than half the number of doses the government has procured.
COVID-19 Update

Is India on the verge of a second COVID wave?

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public 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 second wave.
ESSAY

Government's game of prosecution

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
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.
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi 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 solidarities across castes and communities that could affect the equations of political parties, especially in States that face Assembly elections.
Assembly Election: Kerala

LDF confident of second innings in Kerala

Bolstered by the resounding victory in the local body elections, and with the UDF in disarray, the ruling Left Democratic Front exudes hope of securing a second consecutive term in office.
ASSEMBLY ELECTION: Assam

Revolt in Assam BJP and allies over seat-sharing deal

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 Congress-led ‘mahajot’ is likely to change the poll arithmetic and make the going tough for the ruling coalition.
Digital media

With new rules for digital media, the noose tightens

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Jittery over the swelling tide of online dissent, the government issues new rules that give it overarching powers to control digital media under the guise of preventing misuse of freedom of speech.
Cover story: Governors' role

Governors doing the Centre’s bidding

Sanjay Hegde Cover 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 designated role as the first citizen of the State over which he reigns but does not rule.
Cover Story: Madhya Pradesh

Poaching for power in Madhya Pradesh

Anando Bhakto Cover 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 government.
Goa

Political flip-flops, Goan style

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Cover 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.
Maharashtra

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

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Despite repeated attempts by the BJP to destabilise the government in the State, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi has remained stable.
COVER STORY: West Bengal

Bengal BJP: Lotus of borrowed petals

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 State.
Interview: V. Narayanasamy

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

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
Interview with V. Narayanasamy, former Chief Minister of Puducherry.
COVER STORY: Puducherry

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

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

‘It was our duty to seek a trust vote’

R.K. Radhakrishnan Cover Story
Interview with N. Rangasamy, former Chief Minister of Puducherry.
Cover story

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

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 governments through foul means, making a mockery of democracy.
COVID-19 Update

Worrying increase in Maharashtra COVID cases

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

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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 in India is likely to improve. So far, the total number of people who have been vaccinated is far fewer than half the number of doses the government has procured.
COVID-19 Update

Is India on the verge of a second COVID wave?

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public 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 second wave.
ESSAY

Government's game of prosecution

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
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.
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi 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 solidarities across castes and communities that could affect the equations of political parties, especially in States that face Assembly elections.
Digital media

With new rules for digital media, the noose tightens

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Jittery over the swelling tide of online dissent, the government issues new rules that give it overarching powers to control digital media under the guise of preventing misuse of freedom of speech.
West Asia

ICC to investigate Israeli war crimes in occupied Palestinian territories

John Cherian 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 building of settlements, in the Palestinian territories it annexed after 1967.
Agriculture

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

The argument that the Indian farmer is overburdened by “negative support” has become contentious in the context of the recent farm laws. In reality, this does not hold up to scrutiny.
COVID-19 Update

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

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
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 delaying the peak and the slow but prolonged disease transmission have helped keep COVID-related deaths low.
COVID-19 Update

Worrying increase in Maharashtra COVID cases

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

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

R. Ramachandran Public 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 in India is likely to improve. So far, the total number of people who have been vaccinated is far fewer than half the number of doses the government has procured.
COVID-19 Update

Is India on the verge of a second COVID wave?

T.K. Rajalakshmi Public 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 second wave.
ESSAY

Government's game of prosecution

A.G. NOORANI The Nation
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.
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi 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 solidarities across castes and communities that could affect the equations of political parties, especially in States that face Assembly elections.
Assembly Election: Kerala

LDF confident of second innings in Kerala

Bolstered by the resounding victory in the local body elections, and with the UDF in disarray, the ruling Left Democratic Front exudes hope of securing a second consecutive term in office.
ASSEMBLY ELECTION: Assam

Revolt in Assam BJP and allies over seat-sharing deal

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 Congress-led ‘mahajot’ is likely to change the poll arithmetic and make the going tough for the ruling coalition.
Digital media

With new rules for digital media, the noose tightens

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Jittery over the swelling tide of online dissent, the government issues new rules that give it overarching powers to control digital media under the guise of preventing misuse of freedom of speech.
Cover story: Governors' role

Governors doing the Centre’s bidding

Sanjay Hegde Cover 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 designated role as the first citizen of the State over which he reigns but does not rule.
COVER STORY: Anti-defection law

Anti-defection law ridden with loopholes, prone to misuse

Ziya Us Salam Cover 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.
COVER STORY: Rajasthan

Close shave in Rajasthan

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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 majority and ambitious legislators will always find itself facing instability.
Cover Story: Karnataka

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover 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’s actions to manufacture the majority in other States where it had fallen short.
Cover Story: Madhya Pradesh

Poaching for power in Madhya Pradesh

Anando Bhakto Cover 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 government.
ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2021: West Bengal

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

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.
Assembly Elections 2021: Puducherry

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

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.
Assembly Elections 2021: Tamil Nadu

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

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 by the DMK and the ruling AIADMK get ready for a do-or-die battle.