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27-08-2021

Cloak, dagger & spyware (August 27, 2021)

Briefing

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Media

Plural imprint: Chennai-based Urdu daily 'The Musalman' continues its strong show

India
The Musalman, a handwritten newspaper in Urdu published from Chennai since 1927, is driven by a secular ideology and a commitment to pluralism.
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HISTORY

The Issur uprising of 1942

India
As India enters its 75th year of Independence, a celebration of the revolt of Issur and its declaration of ‘swaraj’ that drew national attention.
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India-U.S.

Security cooperation high on Blinken’s agenda in his two-day India visit

World Affairs
In July, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the third senior official of the Biden administration to visit India since January, took forward Wash
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Peru

In a historic victory for the Left, Pedro Castillo is sworn in as Peru’s new President

World Affairs
The election of Pedro Castillo as President is a historic victory for the Left in a country that for the past three decades was a bastion of the right
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Migrant Labour

Vulnerable groups caught between two worlds amid lockdowns

India
A new study analyses the devastating effects of lockdowns on migrant labourers, children and refugees, who have been invisibilised by the COVID-19 pan
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Public Health

Cataract and babies

India
It is important to detect and treat cataract in children early in order to eliminate the possibility of blindness.
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Controversy

Illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region

Environment
Allegations of illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region are linked to the politics of the State, but they also raise environmental concern
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Dalits break caste barriers in historic Tamil Nadu temple entry

Social Issues
In yet another victory for Dalit rights, a group of believers assert their right to worship inside a temple in rural Tamil Nadu.
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COVID-19

Why counting the dead matters

Covid-19
The Million Death Study, done between 1998 and 2014, was meant to throw up data on the leading causes of death in India. Had the study been allowed to
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COVER STORY

‘Sedition’ in freedom struggle

Lead Story
The arguments by British members of the Viceroy’s Council, which passed the Vernacular Press Act in 1878 to suppress “seditious” writing in Indian lan
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COVID-19

The fall and rise of COVID numbers

Covid-19
The number of cases begins to rise again after weeks of showing a declining trend, confirming that the COVID challenge is not over yet.
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COVID-19

India impossibly short of vaccinating its entire adult population against COVID-19 by the end of 2021

Covid-19
India’s vaccination drive rests on a wing and a prayer as it looks set to miss the target of vaccinating all adults by the end of the year.
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Freedom of the press

One more blow to press freedom in India

Lead Story
Even before the ‘Pegasus scandal’ broke out, India had been witnessing a serious decline in press freedom as the government’s direct and indirect assa
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Jammu and Kashmir

The Concerned Citizens’ Group’s ninth report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir paints a grim picture

India
The Concerned Citizens’ Group’s ninth report on the Union Territory finds that there is increasing centralisation of power and a general mood of despo
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Pegasus spyware scandal

Pegasus: Dystopias by design

Lead Story
Spying on people using Pegasus or any other means is a glaring example of the failure of leadership.
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Legal Issues

Supreme Court reiterates limits of legislative privileges while disallowing Kerala’s plea

India
The Supreme Court disallows the Kerala government’s plea to withdraw cases against legislators accused of vandalism in the Assembly in 2015.
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Pegasus spyware scandal

The global impact of Pegasus

Lead Story
Recent revelations have proved that governments across the world, from Mexico to Rwanda to Saudi Arabia, used Pegasus to spy on their own citizens, es
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Mamata Banerjee's plans to oust BJP

Mamata Banerjee rallying opposition forces against BJP

Politics
After her resounding victory in the West Bengal Assembly election, Mamata Banerjee announces her intent to overthrow the BJP at the Centre in 2024 and
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PUNJAB CONGRESS

Uneasy truce between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu in Punjab

Politics
The crisis in the Punjab Congress passes with the high command working out a formula for peace: Navjot Singh Sidhu is made Pradesh Congress Committee
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Pegasus Spyware scandal

Will the Pegasus case be another ‘tryst with destiny’ for India?

Lead Story
The Pegasus case poses an unprecedented challenge to India, hinting as it does at the emergence of a surveillance state across countries in furtheranc
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KARNATAKA GOVERNMENT

Caste constant in Karnataka

Politics
B.S. Yediyurappa quits as Chief Minister to make way for Basavaraj Bommai in what is seen as a safe choice by the BJP leadership to keep the Lingayat
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INTER-STATE DISPUTE

Fragile peace between Assam and Mizoram in inter-State boundary dispute

India
Assam and Mizoram agree to keep their forces away from the inter-State boundary even as they harden their positions over the ownership of the Inner Li
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Pegasus spyware scandal

Pegasus scandal: Modi government on the back foot

Lead Story
The Pegasus revelations have galvanised the opposition into a programme of collective action that the government seems unable to ignore.
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Pegasus scandal

Surveillance state: The Pegasus saga unravels in India

Lead Story
As the Pegasus phone intrusion saga unravels, raising troubling questions over the government’s invasion of privacy, veteran journalists and civil rig
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Book Review: Kabir Bedi’s memoir "Stories I Must Tell" is the tale of a star’s self-definition

Books
As in some of the best literary works, the life stories by Kabir Bedi, the well-known actor who has carved out a place for himself in the cinema of th
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Economic Perspectives

The strange case of Videocon’s insolvency

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The twists and turns in the Videocon bankruptcy proceedings have called into question the integrity of the IBC, which was touted as a game-changing me
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OLYMPICS 2020

Odisha’s glory in Olympics hockey

India
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has made hockey promotion a mission. His government’s support for the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams showcases hi