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16-07-2021

The wrong arm of the law (July 16, 2021)

Briefing

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TRIBUTE

Siddalingaiah: People’s poet

India
Siddalingaiah (1954-2021) achieved cult status in progressive movements with his poetry being appropriated by a variety of activists in the 1970s and
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Interview: Mythily Sivaraman

‘Women’s oppression is integrally linked to capitalism’: Mythily Sivaraman

India
Extracts from a conversation with Mythily Sivaraman, veteran Communist leader and women’s rights activist.
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Iran

The conservative Ebrahim Raisi wins the Iranian presidential election and will take office in August

World Affairs
Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s President-elect, faces U.S. sanctions on his “human rights record” and a travel ban to that country. But many observers believe
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U.S., G7 & NATO

Biden revives Western alliance, slams China & Russia

World Affairs
United States President Joseph Biden attempted to close ranks at the G7 and NATO summits by emphasising on multilateralism while continuing with his p
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G7

The G7’s ‘war’ on China

World Affairs
It is clear that there is widespread agreement in the West that China’s development must be stopped at all costs even if it means mobilising half-trut
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Baghjan blowout

Report on Baghjan blowout says it may take more than 10 years for even a partial recovery of the destruction caused to the landscape

Environment
A report on the impact of the Baghjan blowout in Assam details the all-round loss to people living in the area, and to animal and plant species as a r
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COVID-19

COVID-19 relief work: Friends in need

Covid-19
A group of volunteers in Bengaluru lend dignity to the COVID dead by organising their last rites.
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POLITICS: WEST BENGAL

Defection: Reverse exodus in Bengal

Politics
The BJP’s pre-election strategy of engineering defections from the Trinamool now boomerangs on the party as it faces the prospect of an exodus in the
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COVID-19

Under-reporting of pandemic toll

Covid-19
The concealing of the actual numbers of the dead is likely to impact research on the COVID-19 pandemic and block efforts to combat the virus.
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HINDU ORGANISATIONS

Sangh Parivar’s U.S. funds trail

India
Huge donations to Sewa International for COVID-relief efforts in India brings into focus the funding patterns of Hindu organisations in the United Sta
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Punjab Congress

Rift between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu boils over ahead of the Punjab Assembly election early next year

Politics
Crisis in the Punjab unit of the Congress comes out in the open ahead of the Assembly election due early next year.
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Tamil Nadu sets up advisory panel with eminent economists

Economy
The Tamil Nadu government wins all-round praise for setting up a well-balanced council of eminent minds to guide it in the path to economic recovery.
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Interview: Asif Iqbal Tanha

Asif Iqbal Tanha: ‘I will continue to work on CAA/NRC’

Lead Story
Interview with Asif Iqbal Tanha, student activist.
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COVID-19 Origins

The controversy being created about the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19

Covid-19
Science and the scientific method have been thrown to the winds as politically motivated and unsubstantiated theories that pin the blame for the pande
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COVID-19 update

COVID-19: No endgame in sight

Covid-19
Amidst speculation of a third COVID wave, what remains missing are specific commitments to improve the quality of the public health response in India,
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Suppressing dissent

Tamil Nadu: A State of intolerance

Lead Story
Over the past 10 years, Tamil Nadu under the AIADMK emerged as one of the most repressive States in the country, throwing thousands of peaceful protes
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COVER STORY: UAPA

Deconstructing a draconian law

Lead Story
The Delhi High Court verdict directing the release of three student leaders is significant as it has analysed certain harsh provisions in the UAPA wit
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DELHI RIOTS

Victims twice over

Lead Story
It has been a long and futile wait for compensation and return to even a semblance of normalcy for many of the victims of the February 2020 riots in n
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DIGITAL CONTENT

Silencing speech online

Lead Story
The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, are an extension of a culture of intolerance consistin
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Student activism & repressive laws

Student activists released on bail, pledge to fight on

Lead Story
Student activists Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha, who were released on bail from Tihar Jail on June 17, pledged to continue the
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Interview: Natasha Narwal & Devangana Kalita

When prison itself becomes a site of struggle: Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita talk about their time in Tihar Jail

Lead Story
Interview with Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, students and activists.
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Interview: Dr P.K. Warrier

‘Ayurveda too has evolved through observations and experiences’: Dr P.K. Warrier

India
Interview with Dr P.K. Warrier, managing trustee of the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, on the occasion of his birth centenary.
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Personality

Dr P.K. Warrier: An icon of Ayurveda

India
Dr P.K. Warrier, who turned 100 in June, is a clinician committed to scientific pursuits and the values of human dignity and freedom. Inspired by the
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Jammu and Kashmir

Changing tactics as political equations shift in Valley

India
The fate of Kashmir’s Muslim majority hangs in the balance as cracks within the Gupkar alliance become apparent with the National Conference taking an
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Cover story

Modi regime's agenda of repression

Lead Story
In the face of growing disenchantment with its acts of commission and omission, the Narendra Modi regime intensifies its efforts to suppress voices of
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Economic Perspectives

Union government’s new e-commerce rules target Amazon and Flipkart-Walmart

C.P. Chandrasekhar
There seem to be multiple motivations underlying the Union government’s recent interventions in the digital sphere, which target foreign e-commerce fi