COVER STORY

27-08-2021

Cloak, dagger & spyware (August 27, 2021)

Briefing

COVER STORY

‘Sedition’ in freedom struggle

A.G. NOORANI Cover 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 languages, mirror the apologies for sedition cases foisted on dissenters in India today.
Freedom of the press

One more blow to press freedom in India

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 assaults on mediapersons partially succeeded in creating a climate of self-censorship.
Pegasus spyware scandal

Pegasus: Dystopias by design

Anupam Saraph Cover Story
Spying on people using Pegasus or any other means is a glaring example of the failure of leadership.
Pegasus spyware scandal

The global impact of Pegasus

John Cherian Cover 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, especially journalists, human rights campaigners and politicians, despite the Israeli government’s assurance to the contrary.
CINEMA

Of genocide and liberation: the works of Tareque Masud

Vidyarthy Chatterjee Arts & Culture
Tareque Masud introduced the new generation of Bangladeshis to the freedom struggle through his Muktir Gaan, Muktir Kotha and Matir Moina, films that have evoked frenzied enthusiasm in that country.
Media

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

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
The Musalman, a handwritten newspaper in Urdu published from Chennai since 1927, is driven by a secular ideology and a commitment to pluralism.
India-U.S.

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

John Cherian 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 Washington’s policy of strengthening the military alliance with India, an important ally in its anti-China coalition in the region.
HISTORY

The Issur uprising of 1942

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

Vulnerable groups caught between two worlds amid lockdowns

A new study analyses the devastating effects of lockdowns on migrant labourers, children and refugees, who have been invisibilised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers insights into measures that can be taken to help them.
Peru

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

John Cherian 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 wing.
Public Health

Cataract and babies

Vasudha Kemmanu The Nation
It is important to detect and treat cataract in children early in order to eliminate the possibility of blindness.
Controversy

Illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Environment
Allegations of illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region are linked to the politics of the State, but they also raise environmental concerns and questions about the stability of the KRS dam.
COVID-19

Why counting the dead matters

ANUPAMA KATAKAM 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 continue, the data collected under it might have been an important tool in fighting the COVID pandemic.
Dalits temple entry

Dalits break caste barriers in historic Tamil Nadu temple entry

Ilangovan Rajasekaran 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.
COVID-19

The fall and rise of COVID numbers

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

‘Sedition’ in freedom struggle

A.G. NOORANI Cover 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 languages, mirror the apologies for sedition cases foisted on dissenters in India today.
COVID-19

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

V. Sridhar 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.
Freedom of the press

One more blow to press freedom in India

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 assaults on mediapersons partially succeeded in creating a climate of self-censorship.
Legal Issues

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

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The Supreme Court disallows the Kerala government’s plea to withdraw cases against legislators accused of vandalism in the Assembly in 2015.
Jammu and Kashmir

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

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The Concerned Citizens’ Group’s ninth report on the Union Territory finds that there is increasing centralisation of power and a general mood of despondency, particularly amongst young people. It also mentions a palpable ‘anti-India’ sentiment, with the populace having little faith in its political leadership.
Pegasus Spyware scandal

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

Kaleeswaram Raj Cover Story
The Pegasus case poses an unprecedented challenge to India, hinting as it does at the emergence of a surveillance state across countries in furtherance to a global conspiracy that has scant regard for democracies or institutions elsewhere. The future will depend upon how the nation and its institutions respond to it.
Pegasus spyware scandal

Pegasus scandal: Modi government on the back foot

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

Surveillance state: The Pegasus saga unravels in India

Divya Trivedi Cover Story
As the Pegasus phone intrusion saga unravels, raising troubling questions over the government’s invasion of privacy, veteran journalists and civil rights activists turn the heat on the Centre by petitioning the Supreme Court for a probe into the matter.
Public Health

Cataract and babies

Vasudha Kemmanu The Nation
It is important to detect and treat cataract in children early in order to eliminate the possibility of blindness.
Jammu and Kashmir

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

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The Concerned Citizens’ Group’s ninth report on the Union Territory finds that there is increasing centralisation of power and a general mood of despondency, particularly amongst young people. It also mentions a palpable ‘anti-India’ sentiment, with the populace having little faith in its political leadership.
Legal Issues

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

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The Supreme Court disallows the Kerala government’s plea to withdraw cases against legislators accused of vandalism in the Assembly in 2015.
INTER-STATE DISPUTE

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

Sushanta Talukdar The Nation
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 Line Reserve Forest.
OLYMPICS 2020

Odisha’s glory in Olympics hockey

Prafulla Das The Nation
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 his vision for the sport and its development.
Media

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

Ziya Us Salam The Nation
The Musalman, a handwritten newspaper in Urdu published from Chennai since 1927, is driven by a secular ideology and a commitment to pluralism.
India-U.S.

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

John Cherian 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 Washington’s policy of strengthening the military alliance with India, an important ally in its anti-China coalition in the region.
HISTORY

The Issur uprising of 1942

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

Vulnerable groups caught between two worlds amid lockdowns

A new study analyses the devastating effects of lockdowns on migrant labourers, children and refugees, who have been invisibilised by the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers insights into measures that can be taken to help them.
Peru

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

John Cherian 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 wing.
Public Health

Cataract and babies

Vasudha Kemmanu The Nation
It is important to detect and treat cataract in children early in order to eliminate the possibility of blindness.
Controversy

Illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region

VIKHAR AHMED SAYEED Environment
Allegations of illegal stone quarrying in Karnataka’s Mandya region are linked to the politics of the State, but they also raise environmental concerns and questions about the stability of the KRS dam.
COVID-19

Why counting the dead matters

ANUPAMA KATAKAM 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 continue, the data collected under it might have been an important tool in fighting the COVID pandemic.
Dalits temple entry

Dalits break caste barriers in historic Tamil Nadu temple entry

Ilangovan Rajasekaran 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.
COVID-19

The fall and rise of COVID numbers

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

‘Sedition’ in freedom struggle

A.G. NOORANI Cover 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 languages, mirror the apologies for sedition cases foisted on dissenters in India today.
COVID-19

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

V. Sridhar 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.
Freedom of the press

One more blow to press freedom in India

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 assaults on mediapersons partially succeeded in creating a climate of self-censorship.
Legal Issues

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

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The Supreme Court disallows the Kerala government’s plea to withdraw cases against legislators accused of vandalism in the Assembly in 2015.
Jammu and Kashmir

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

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The Concerned Citizens’ Group’s ninth report on the Union Territory finds that there is increasing centralisation of power and a general mood of despondency, particularly amongst young people. It also mentions a palpable ‘anti-India’ sentiment, with the populace having little faith in its political leadership.
Pegasus spyware scandal

Pegasus: Dystopias by design

Anupam Saraph Cover Story
Spying on people using Pegasus or any other means is a glaring example of the failure of leadership.