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10-09-2021

Throwback to Taliban era (September 10, 2021)

Briefing

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Personality

Agnes Smedley: ‘Daughter of Earth’

Literature
Novelist, feminist and world revolutionary Agnes Smedley rejected “ordained social hierarchy” to follow her radical path to self-discovery. She consid
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France & Israel

Israel: France’s foster child

World Affairs
France has been a key contributor to Project Israel and its lethal, life-destroying remit.
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HISTORY

New light on Tipu Sultan

India
A Persian manuscript in the British Library in London and other documents help correct an error in Tipu Sultan’s birthdate. The ensuing research also
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Finance

RBI proposal to loosen lending norms for private players a catastrophe in the making

India
The RBI’s proposal to loosen regulations for private lenders in the microfinance space will have disastrous consequences for the poor, especially wome
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Environment

Protests in Gujarat against corporate projects that threaten people’s livelihoods and damage the environment

Environment
Gujarat’s poor track record in environmental governance has pushed people to the wall, and they are now making their voices heard and using legal mean
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Muslim victims of false terrorism charges

New book sheds light on struggle of Muslim victims of false terror after acquittal

India
Several Muslims framed under bogus terrorism charges struggle to lead a normal life after their acquittal and release. A new book in Hindi, a product
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Hate sloganeering

Hate speech at Jantar Mantar rally latest attempt by Hindutva forces to stoke communal passions

Communalism
The hate speech at Jantar Mantar in Delhi is the latest in a string of attempts by right-wing organisations to stoke communal passions ahead of the Ut
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COVID-19

No data, little relief: Panel report exposes government inadequacies

Covid-19
A parliamentary panel report exposes the government’s cluelessness on the extent of job losses caused by the pandemic and its inability to provide ade
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COVID-19

The trajectory of scientific progress in the time of pandemic

Covid-19
The scale and spread of the pandemic have imposed unprecedented demands on modern science. But science being bound by the complex nature of reality an
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JAMMU & KASHMIR

Congress changing tack in Kashmir?

Politics
The Congress under Rahul Gandhi seems to be focussed on countering the BJP in Jammu with a soft Hindutva line, sidestepping in the process crucial iss
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Mamata Banerjee’s Project Tripura

Politics
The Trinamool Congress makes forays into Tripura to form key alliances as part of its plans to overthrow the BJP government and establish its base in
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COVID-19

Will India be able to avert a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic?

Covid-19
The downward trajectory of the second wave has slowed down to imperceptible levels, a worrying trend in a context where the numbers are rising again a
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Climate Change

IPCC calls for immediate action rather than rhetorical references to a “climate crisis”

Environment
The IPCC report is an important wake-up call to the world to not get taken in by the claim that net-zero declarations of developed countries represent
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Climate Change

The takeaway messages in the IPCC’s AR6: What does it mean for India?

Environment
From the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, it is clear that the outlook is grim for India on the climate change front. It can expect to experience errat
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IPCC report on climate change

IPCC issues dire warning on global warming

Environment
The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report comes as an ominous reminder of how global warming will impact the world in the coming years and stresses the urgen
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Cover Story: Afghanistan

Taliban takeover pushes Afghanistan into chaos

Lead Story
The Taliban seizes power swiftly as the United States pulls out its troops after 20 years of misadventure, plunging Afghanistan into an atmosphere of
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Interview: William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple: ‘Prestige of America heavily dented’

Lead Story
Interview with William Dalrymple, writer and historian.
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U.S. policy & Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s chequered history

Lead Story
What has happened in Afghanistan can be traced to the United States’ ‘muscular’ foreign policy after the Cold War and the floundering global war on te
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COVER STORY

Afghanistan’s neighbours react cautiously to Taliban takeover

Lead Story
India stands out in the region as Afghanistan’s only neighbour to steadfastly refuse to do business with the Taliban, the new rulers in Kabul.
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Book Review: M. Mukundan's "Delhi: A Soliloquy" is an elegy for innocence

Books
A nonchalant depiction of the personal tragedies of people as they unfold in Delhi during the war years in the 1960s and 1970s, the Emergency and the
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Book Review: "Ranganayaki" by K. Bharathi is the saga of a community

Books
The writer successfully captures the milieu of an upper middle-class Brahmin household with a keen eye for ethnographic detail.
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Book Review: Abhishek Saha's "No Land's People" talks about the lack of transparency in citizenship determination in Assam

Books
Abhishek Saha’s book captures the lack of transparency in citizenship determination in Assam and exposes the deep inequality in the relationship betwe
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Afghan Crisis

Afghanistan’s long struggle with reforms and conservativism

Lead Story
For a hundred years, the Afghan people have struggled between two visions of their society—one that saw the need to reform society through women’s ema
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Economic Perspectives

An insider’s warning on environmental, social and governance investing

C.P. Chandrasekhar
Tariq Fancy, former chief investment officer of BlackRock Inc., says that the financial services industry that has promoted environmental, social and