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13-08-2021

Divisive Duo (August 13, 2021)

Briefing

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Cuba

What triggered the Cuban crisis

World Affairs
The protests in Cuba were triggered by the economic downturn and facilitated to a great extent by the United States government and the influential ant
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United States

Latin America to Africa to Asia: U.S. military might on display through global military and naval exercises

World Affairs
Whether it is the “freedom of navigation” missions alongside the Chinese coastline or military exercises such as Tradewinds and African Lion, the U.S.
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Afghanistan

As the Taliban gains ground, the U.S. makes a hasty exit from Afghanistan ahead of the September 11 deadline

World Affairs
The last batch of the U.S. troops makes a quick exit from the Bagram base near Kabul much ahead of the September 11 deadline, marking the end of a 20-
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Migrant labourers' woes

Government’s ad hoc response to the migrant crisis did not take into account the reality of their lives

India
The sudden lockdown announced in March 2020 exposed how precarious the lives of millions of migrant workers across India are and made it clear that th
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MIGRANT LABOUR

Frayed labour laws in Surat's power looms

India
Non-compliance with labour laws by employers and the absence of any rigorous monitoring mechanism leave the migrant workers in Surat’s power looms vul
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Migrant labourers' woes

Migrant labourers: Tunnel-visioned relief from govt

India
Loss of livelihood and the lack of social protection and adequate relief responses have devastated millions of working poor. The state must now look b
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Education

Communalising history textbooks

Lead Story
The recent as well as past attacks on history textbooks, with those engaged in distorting Indian history seeking to use textbooks to push their politi
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Uniform Civil Code

Politics around the uniform civil code

Lead Story
The uniform civil code seems to be back in the country’s political discourse as elections approach in Uttar Pradesh and as always the issue serves as
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ESSAY

Judicial disgrace: Fawning judges

India
Justice Arun Mishra’s fulsome praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a public function does not augur well for the independence of the judiciary.
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Delimitation exercise

Motives behind the Union government’s delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir under suspicion

Lead Story
As the Union government goes ahead with its delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir, there is a near consensus among the people that it may be aime
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Privatisation

Modi government's decision to privatise United India Insurance indicates terrible consequences for general insurance sector

Economy
The Modi government’s move to privatise a public sector general insurance company, threatens to undo years of progress that nationalisation initiated
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COVER STORY

Terror before elections: a pattern

Lead Story
In recent years, there seems to be a pattern of elections being preceded by terror attacks, providing a perfect pretext to the government to go on an
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Assam Population policy

Assam moots polarising cattle and population policies

Lead Story
By implementing the two-child norm strictly and seeking to regulate beef consumption through a new Bill, the BJP government in Assam entrenches itself
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NEET

NEET: Rajan Committee submits report, ball in Tamil Nadu government’s court

Education
With the A.K. Rajan Committee constituted to study the impact of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test on socially backward students submitting i
POPULATION POLICY

Clamour in Karnataka

Lead Story
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Population policy

Politics dominates the proposed two-child norm in Uttar Pradesh

Lead Story
The proposed two-child norm in Uttar Pradesh goes against the grain of the National Population Policy. But the agenda seems to be about targeting a co
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Interview: Dr T.V. Sekher

Dr T.V. Sekher: ‘Socio-economic empowerment is more effective in regulating fertility’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr T.V. Sekher, Professor, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai.
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Interview

The Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan discusses COVID-19, vaccinations, science education in India, among other things

Science & Technology
Interview with Venki Ramakrishnan, structural biologist and a winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Muslim population in India

The propaganda in India that Muslims will outnumber Hindus by 2035 is governed by prejudice, not facts

Lead Story
The propaganda by Hindutva groups that Muslims will outnumber Hindus is just another attempt at polarisation with an eye on the elections. Facts show
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West Bengal violence

Charge of bias against NHRC in West Bengal

Politics
While highlighting the undeniable culture of political clashes in West Bengal, the NHRC’s report on the violence following the Assembly election in th
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Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

‘People have seen through these pathetic communalisation exercises’

Lead Story
Interview with Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party president, in the early stages of the campaign for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.
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U.P. POPULATION BILL

Of policy & prejudice in Uttar Pradesh's population control bill

Lead Story
Public health specialists feel Uttar Pradesh’s Population Bill proposing a two-child norm will have a serious impact on women belonging to marginalise
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Book Review

Book Review: M. Hamid Ansari's "By Many a Happy Accident" is more than just an autobiography

Books
Former Vice President M. Hamid Ansari’s autobiography is more than just memoirs: it consists of reflections of a multifaceted personality and records
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Sangh Parivar's pre-election communal agenda

BJP scripts devious election strategies

Lead Story
The BJP, buffeted by growing criticism of its failures on the economic and public health fronts and the setback caused by the surveillance scandal, ta
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COVID-19

COVID-19 in India: Fourth ICMR survey results show 67.6 per cent seropositivity

Covid-19
The results of the fourth nationwide ICMR survey show unprecedented levels of SARS-CoV-2 antibody seroprevalence while the rate of vaccination in Indi