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30-07-2021

Murder by Other Means (July 30, 2021)

Briefing

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Mangrove Forests

The importance of mangroves to protect India’s coast from the adverse effects of climate change

Environment
The recent cyclones on the west coast have highlighted the increased climate change–related risks that India is facing and made it clear how essential
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Gangavaram port disinvestment

AP govt offers Adani group Gangavaram Port on a platter

India
In a widely-criticised move, the Andhra Pradesh government decides to divest its stake in Gangavaram Port to the Adani group, but the labour unions op
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The U.S.

Donald Rumsfeld (1932-2021): Unapologetic warmonger

World Affairs
Donald Rumsfeld (1932-2021) will be remembered for his role in the U.S.’ occupation of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, and as one who showed no
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REGIONAL ELECTIONS IN FRANCE

No champagne for Macron, Marine Le Pen

World Affairs
The triumph of traditional parties of the left and right, together with record levels of abstention, in the regional elections offer little cheer for
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TRIBUTE

Dilip Kumar: Nehru’s Hero

Cinema
Dilip Kumar (1922-2021) was to some a tragedy king and to others a romantic hero who with his acting skills created a new era in Hindi cinema. But per
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COMMUNALISM

Kin of lynching victims wait for justice

Communalism
The RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat has asserted that those who kill innocent Muslims over cow slaughter go against Hindutva, but the families of men who ha
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DEVOUT & DIVIDED

Nature of religiosity in India

India
The Pew survey on religion in India finds that regardless of their socio-economic status, Indians claimed a religious identity and their commitment to
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Cinematograph Act Amendment

The Modi government’s move to play super censor has the film fraternity up in arms

India
The Modi government’s move to give itself the power to re-examine a film cleared by the CBFC has the film fraternity up in arms and puts the spotlight
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Free Speech

Fear as the key: Modi regime targets cartoonist Manjul

India
The cartoonist Manjul is the latest target of the Modi regime, which is facing widespread condemnation for its attempt to browbeat social media giants
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Police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters

NHRC report on Thoothukudi firing: Truth under wraps

Human rights
A High Court bench pulls up the National Human Rights Commission for closing its probe into the 2018 police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters without
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Cabinet Reshuffle

Prime Minister Modi's Cabinet reshuffle is an attempt to absolve himself of all the government's failures and continue with the Sangh Parivar’s divisive politics

Politics
Regardless of the outrage across the world over Father Stan Swamy’s death in custody, Prime Minister Modi effects a Cabinet reshuffle, which is seen a
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Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir: Centre’s iron hand in velvet glove

India
Hopes of the Centre softening its stance on Kashmir are belied as the Union government starts making moves to begin the delimitation exercise in Jammu
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Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition goes through a rocky patch

Politics
Maharashtra’s ruling coalition goes through a rocky patch amid rumours of the Sena and the BJP coming together again.
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COVID-19

A simple prescription to contain COVID-19 in rural Karnataka

Covid-19
A doctor and his team of volunteers spread across 160 villages of Karnataka adopt a simple method to contain the spread of COVID-19 in areas where pub
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COVID-19

COVID-19 in India: False positivity amidst declining second wave?

Covid-19
The current trend of declining COVID-19 cases and deaths and the positive outlook the government is projecting on the pandemic situation in India are
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Interview: Justice Madan B. Lokur

Justice Madan B. Lokur: ‘The special court failed in its duty’

Lead Story
Interview with Justice Madan B. Lokur, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.
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Interview: Justice V. Gopala Gowda

Justice V. Gopala Gowda: ‘State alone can be held accountable’

Lead Story
Interview with Justice V. Gopala Gowda, former judge of the Supreme Court of India.
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Cover story: Bhima Koregaon

The 16 activists arrested in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case are victims of witch-hunt

Lead Story
The arrests and incarceration of 16 activists, known as the BK-16, on specious charges relating to the Bhima Koregaon violence case is part of the Cen
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COVER STORY: UAPA

UAPA: Terror and the law

Lead Story
It is time to question intensely the provisions of the draconian UAPA that made it possible for the state to incarcerate Fr Stan Swamy from October 20
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Profile

Father Stan Swamy: Portrait of a priest as an Adivasi

Lead Story
Stan Swamy left Tamil Nadu early in life not to preach, but in search of an enduring identity, which he found among the indigenous people he worked wi
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Binayak Sen and Stan Swamy

Sen, Swamy and the ‘evidence’

Lead Story
The case of Binayak Sen shows the depths to which the state can descend to prolong incarceration of public-spirited activists and allow them to wither
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Economic Perspectives

Biden’s economic policy faces a backlash

C.P. Chandrasekhar
As President Joe Biden strives to win support for substantially enhanced spending to help the post COVID recovery of the United States economy, critic

“The Institutional Murder of Fr. Stan Swamy”

Lead Story
A statement by the family members and friends of the BK-16*
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Hindutva stamp in Modi’s foreign policy

Books
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy is shaped by his Hindu nationalist ideology and the RSS’ expansionist utopia and driven by his self-aggr
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Revisiting Gandhi’s early years

Books
A new and close look at the first 45 years of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s life, ingeniously reconstructed from his The Story of My Experiments with T

What is the ‘crime’ I’m supposed to have committed?

Lead Story
Reproduction of Father Stan Swamy’s letter, which was written in October 2020 just before his arrest
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Death of Father Stan Swamy

Father Stan Swamy: Silenced in death

Lead Story
The passing of 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy marks the lowest point in the functioning of several institutions of the state, which seemed to be more k