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09-04-2021

The Terror of Laws (April 9, 2021)

Briefing

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ANTI-CHINA AXIS

U.S. policy on Asia focussed on its attempt to weaken China

World Affairs
Discussions in the Quad on vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies shroud the actual impetus of the grouping, which is to weaken China and
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Afghanistan

U.S. troops withdrawal in Afghanistan: A long drawn-out endgame

World Affairs
The U.S. is supposed to withdraw its troops in Afghanistan by May 1, but the Biden administration is keen to involve neighbouring countries in a diplo
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West Asia

Biden bombs Syria, says it was in ‘self-defence’

World Affairs
Even as U.S. forces routinely targeted militants in Yemen, Somalia and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, President Biden ordered a military strike in
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Controversy

New rules for Overseas Citizens of India targeting certain communities and categories of employment

India
A recent notification by the Home Ministry relating to rights of Overseas Citizens of India comes with a baggage of conditions, some of which are dire
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Jammu and Kashmir

DDC administration in J&K is a sham, say members, who even three months after winning have no clarity on their role

India
Some three months after they were elected, District Development Council members are still unclear about their role in the administrative structure, le
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The Judiciary

Activists denounce 'patriarchal and regressive' statements by judicial institutions

India
Activists denounce casual observations made by judicial institutions in cases of violence against women as patriarchal and regressive.
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COVID-19 Update

Virus mutations of COVID-19 pose a challenge as latest wave of coronavirus infection in India highlights need to ramp up genome sequencing efforts

India
The rising wave of coronavirus infection, which began in Maharashtra, and is spreading to hitherto unaffected areas, underscores the importance of gre
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UTTARAKHAND

BJP replaces Uttarakhand Chief Minister

Politics
The BJP, which takes pride in its “double engine” government in Uttarakhand, once again replaces its Chief Minister a year before the Assembly electio
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BOGEY OF TERROR

From victims of injustice to campaigners for justice

Lead Story
Some of those acquitted in terror-related cases have been working as social activists or legal counsellors, travelling across the country to spread aw
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UAPA

Crushing free spirit in the name of terrorism

Lead Story
The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has always remained a powerful tool in the hands of successive regimes to suppress opposition. The approach o
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Cover story: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, long battles ongoing for accused in terror cases

Lead Story
Several individuals, especially Muslims, have been fighting tedious legal battles in terrorism-related cases in Maharashtra.
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Cover story: Kerala

Encounters and the arrest of two students under the UAPA have rocked Kerala in 2019

Lead Story
“Encounter” killings of four Maoists and the arrest of two youths under UAPA for allegedly possessing Maoist literature rocked the State in 2019 with
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Muslims' suffering in Tamil Nadu

Muslim prisoners languish in Tamil Nadu sans legal remedies

Lead Story
Even as many Muslims languish in prisons since 1991, the State government has been overenthusiastic in locking up civil rights activists by using the
ASSAM ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2021

It is BJP’s failures vs Congress’ guarantees in Assam

Politics
As the gap between the BJP’s electoral promises and the ground realities is stark, the ruling party falls back on its familiar tactic of communal pola
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Assembly Election: Kerala

The election-eve political climate in Kerala has changed little from when the LDF won the local body elections last year

Politics
The ruling LDF, with its governance and development record, is confident of getting another term in office in Kerala even as the Congress-led UDF is r
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Interview: Rebecca Mammen John

How the UAPA and the NIA are used to crush dissent

Lead Story
Senior advocate Rebecca Mammen John on how the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the National Investigation Agency are being “weaponised” again
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Puducherry Assembly election 2021

BJP aims for back-door entry in Puducherry

Politics
While the major alliances get ready to battle it out in Puducherry, the mood on the street is that the BJP will use every trick in the book to lure th
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UAPA in Kashmir

The UAPA and PSA are being used as tools of coercion in Kashmir

Lead Story
In recent times in Jammu and Kashmir, the UAPA and other anti-terror laws have been used against journalists, university students, mainstream politici
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Tamil Nadu Assembly election 2021

In Tamil Nadu it's a two-horse race, still

Politics
The State is all set to witness an intense fight between the two fronts led by the AIADMK and the DMK with smaller players seeking to break the Dravid
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Malegaon blast accused

How Salman Farsi copes with the stigma after his acquittal in the 2006 Malegaon blast case

Lead Story
Salman Farsi, who was acquitted in the 2006 Malegaon blast case, speaks of his ordeals and the pain of social exclusion.
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Assembly Election: West Bengal

All eyes on Nandigram

Politics
Interesting contests are on the cards in the tribal belts of West Bengal in the first and second phases of the election, and the fight for Nandigram a
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Interview: S.M. Mushrif

S.M. Mushrif: ‘Secularists should challenge UAPA in Supreme Court’

Lead Story
Interview with S.M. Mushrif, former Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra.
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Terror of Laws

Karnataka: False accusations, ruined lives

Lead Story
Several Muslim men spent decades in jail on charges of terrorism before being acquitted, while many continue to languish in prison, awaiting justice.
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Book excerpt

Karunanidhi and the Sri Lankan Tamil Issue

Books
Excerpts from Karunanidhi: A Life, by A.S. Panneerselvan.
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Book Review: "Soumitra Chatterjee: A Life in Cinema, Theatre, Poetry & Painting" by Arjun Sengupta and Partha Mukherjee

Books
The book offers fascinating insights into Soumitra Chatterjee’s craft and persona, along with exploring the historical and sociocultural backdrop in w
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Book Review: Partha Chatterjee's "I am the People" discusses populism & the rise of the Hindu Right

Books
An important book to make sense of the present time and the rise of the Hindu right wing.
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Economic Perspectives

Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ all set to boost U.S. economy

Columns
The Joe Biden administration’s decision to hugely ramp up government spending through the American Rescue Plan Act signals a return to proactive gover
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From ‘bling-bling’ to Sing Sing: the calamitous fall of Nicolas Sarkozy

World Affairs
The conviction of a former president on corruption charges is a major humiliation for the French state.