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23-04-2021

Jolt to Federalism (April 23, 2021)

Briefing

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Brazil

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil is cleared to contest the 2022 elections

World Affairs
The recent rulings of Brazil’s Supreme Court annulling former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s conviction for corruption expose a corrupt nexus i
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Rohingya refugees

Rohingya refugees face deportation threat

India
The return of military rule in Myanmar has upended the lives of the Rohingya refugees in India where they face the terrifying prospect of being deport
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INDIA & UNITED STATES

India now a major defence partner for the US as it gangs up on China

World Affairs
The U.S. recognises India as “a major defence partner” as it prepares for a confrontation with China. The special status gives India access to militar
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COMMUNALISM

Petition challenging constitutionality of 1991 Places of Worship Act admitted by Supreme Court

India
The Supreme Court admits petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Places of Worship Act, 1991, giving rise to fears that this will reopen ol
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Temple entry ban on Muslims

After temple entry ban, Dasna Muslims now suffer social apartheid

Communalism
After a Muslim boy was assaulted for drinking water inside a temple in Dasna near Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, the surrounding areas have turned into a
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Maharashtra

High-voltage drama rocks Maharashtra government following the arrest of policeman Sachin Vaze

India
What started as a criminal case following the arrest of policeman Sachin Vaze flares into a political crisis for the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra
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Controversy

The plot thickens in the case involving Sachin Vaze and the discovery of explosives near Mukesh Ambani’s home in Mumbai

India
Details emerging from the investigations into the bomb scare incident near Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai and Sachin Vaze’s involvement in it see
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COVID-19 Update

Spiralling irresponsibility behind rising number of new COVID cases in Maharashtra

Health
Non-compliance with safety measures is causing numbers to rise in Maharashtra.
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Party Affairs

Congress rift in Jammu and Kashmir and its larger political ramifications

Politics
The rift in the Congress in Jammu and Kashmir and the aggressive posturing by G-23 supporters in the party are a pointer to a larger discontent brewin
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Movements

Four months on, the farmers’ protest continues unabated

Agriculture
Despite the steadfast indifference of the Narendra Modi government and its refusal to hold talks, the farmers’ protest has not seen any abatement. The
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COVID-19 Update

Second wave of COVID-19 in India

Health
Even as India is in the throes of a second wave, having failed to use testing as a means of checking the spread of the pandemic, all that the Central
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BIHAR ARMED POLICE BILL

Manoj Jha, RJD: ‘Protest will continue until Bill is withdrawn’

Lead Story
Interview with Prof. Manoj Jha, RJD spokesman.
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Interview: Anil Chaudhary

‘The GNCTD Bill is unconstitutional and goes against the very nature of federalism,’ says Anil Chaudhary of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee

Lead Story
Interview with Anil Chaudhary, president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
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BIHAR SPECIAL ARMED POLICE BILL

Bihar: Makings of a police raj

Lead Story
The opposition parties in Bihar have come out in protest against the Nitish Kumar government’s decision to create a special armed police force with dr
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury: ‘The BJP should understand that without States, there is no India’

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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ASSAM ASSEMBLY ELECTION

The communal narrative in the Assam Assembly election

Politics
The BJP’s obstinate stand on the CAA, the resentment of those excluded from the NRC list and the unity of the opposition threaten to undermine its eff
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Interview: Sanjay Singh, Aam Aadmi Party

Sanjay Singh: ‘A cruel joke on the people of Delhi’

Lead Story
Interview with Sanjay Singh, Rajya Sabha member, Aam Aadmi Party.
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COVER STORY

When laws subvert the Constitution

Lead Story
A solidarity against inhuman and unconstitutional laws is a democratic imperative in present-day India.
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WEST BENGAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION

Game-changing phase in West Bengal

Politics
While Mamata Banerjee tries to safeguard the Trinamool Congress’ bastions in south Bengal and the BJP prepares to make a dent in southern districts wh
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Postal Ballot

How the bureaucracy votes matters

Politics
Any party or coalition that wins in an Assembly election needs to win a majority in both the general vote and the postal vote if it wants to effective
Tamil Nadu Election 2021

Vanniyar reservation in Tamil Nadu: problems ahead

Politics
The Tamil Nadu government’s decision to provide exclusive reservation to Vanniyar will sow the seeds of dissatisfaction among other castes within the
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Puducherry Assembly election

Puducherry Assembly election: Two fronts, too many problems

Politics
The main combines in the fray continue to trade charges even as they are plagued by internal issues.
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Assembly elections

Kerala Assembly election: LDF government on its path to a record second term in office as predicted by all opinion surveys

Politics
The LDF banks on its achievements on public health, education and infrastructure development fronts to weather the challenges posed by the Congress-le
Tamil Nadu Election 2021

Tamil Nadu Assembly election: Crucial role of straight contests

Politics
A study of past elections indicates that the 131 constituencies where the Dravidian majors are facing each other directly hold the key to determining
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Tamil Nadu Election 2021

Tamil Nadu Assembly election: Winds of change

Politics
The DMK-led alliance forges ahead in the last leg of the campaign as the AIADMK government’s decision to give internal reservation for Vanniyars withi
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Cover Story

Federalism in peril

Lead Story
The Delhi government Bill and other legislative measures adopted by the Narendra Modi government and State governments headed by the BJP fit in well w
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The GNCTD Act

With the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, the Centre has usurped the Delhi government’s powers

Lead Story
With the passing of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act, 2021, the Centre has usurped the Delhi government’s powers
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Book Review: 'Ghalib: A Wilderness at My Doorstep: A Critical Biography' by Mehr Afshan Farooqi reveals a great classicist with a modern mind

Books
An incisive, comprehensive study of the textual history of Urdu and Persian poet Ghalib’s verse.
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Covid-19 Update

Recent research throws light on the significance of the role T-cells play in immune response against the coronavirus

Health
Recent clinical research work carried out on COVID-19 convalescent patients has shown that the role of memory T-cells is significant in providing prot