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24-09-2021

Broken promises: 30 Years of Economic 'Reforms' (September 24, 2021)

Briefing

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Interview: Akkai Padmashali

Akkai Padmashali: Beyond victimhood, reclaiming dignity

Books
Interview with Akkai Padmashali, transgender activist.
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Interview: Shafey Kidwai

Syed Ahmad Khan: The 'shaper of India’s collective consciousness’

Books
Interview with Shafey Kidwai, the author of 'Sir Syed Ahmad Khan: Reason, Religion and Nation'.
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Controversy

Communalising martyrdom

India
The deletion of the names of two top leaders of the Malabar Mappila rebellion from the Dictionary of Martyrs of India’s Freedom Struggle invalidates t
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TRIBUTE

Gail Omvedt: Voice of Dalits

India
Gail Omvedt (1941-2021) was an unabashed individual thinker whose works covered caste, class, gender, economics, tribal issues and socio-agricultural
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Communalism

Controversy over Siva statue in Begur lake, Bengaluru, communalises an environmental issue

Communalism
The dispute over the unveiling of a Siva statue in Begur lake in violation of a High Court order takes a communal turn, undermining efforts to preserv
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COMMUNALISM

Politics of renaming: Aligarh or Harigarh?

Communalism
Historical records show that it was the Marathas who came up with the name of Aligarh for their fort in the town Kol, a name which was then extended t
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Credit policy and corporate plunder

Creating oligopolies? The pitfalls of neoliberal banking and agri-credit policy

Lead Story
Two successive NDA governments have taken forward the neoliberal agenda set in motion in 1991, with disastrous consequences for banking and agricultur
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COMMUNALISM

‘Love jehad’ law: An Act of bias in Gujarat

Communalism
While the Gujarat High Court’s stay on crucial provisions of the State’s amended anti-conversion law comes as a relief to interfaith couples, it has p
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Interview: Dr Ashok Dawale

Dr Ashok Dhawale: ‘Crisis has engulfed agrarian society’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
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RESERVATION

The case for caste census

India
The Constitution 127th amendment restores the rights of States to determine their list of other backward classes, a power that the Supreme Court verdi
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Liberalisation of economy

Deregulation: Licence to Loot Raj

Lead Story
The story of India’s liberalisation drive is the incessant push towards deregulation and privatisation, which has promoted the growth of monopolies, o
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Jammu and Kashmir

Gupkar alliance demands restoration of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and statehood in strongly worded resolution

Politics
The Gupkar alliance’s August 24 resolution demanding restoration of the special status and statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and the sudden assertiveness
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Reforms and labour

Labour on hit list for three decades

Lead Story
For three decades, successive governments have implemented various measures that undermine workers’ rights in the name of improving ease of doing busi
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Interview: Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani: ‘BJP wanted to have dialogue with me’

Politics
Interview with Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmir’s veteran pro-resistance leader.
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Tribute

A bruised politician: Syed Ali Shah Geelani was key to the launch of an armed movement in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989

Obituary
Syed Ali Geelani’s (1929–2021) stance remained unwavering: the solution for Kashmir lies in the plebiscite, a vote to determine whether Kashmir will g
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Industry

Profit over labour: Indian working class the ultimate victims of the neoliberal regime since 1991

Lead Story
If India has become the hot destination for global capitalists since the implementation of neoliberal policies, it is beyond doubt that the industrial
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Appointment of non-Brahmin archakas

Temple of social justice: Tamil Nadu appoints non-Brahmins as 'archakas' in Vedic temples

Social Issues
In a historic decision, the Tamil Nadu government appoints several non-Brahmin priests to perform rituals in Vedic temples, but casteist elements try
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Failure of 1991 reforms

1991 reforms: Weak balance sheet, found wanting on manufacturing and employment

Lead Story
Contrary to popular perception, the economic reforms of 1991 were a dismal failure as they did not address chronic issues in the areas of manufacturin
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Neoliberal reforms

Indian neoliberalism: A toxic gift from global finance

Lead Story
The stock market, with the foreign institutional investor at the centre, has come to symbolise what neoliberalism has to offer. If at Independence fre
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World Affairs

Afghanistan: An imperial disaster

World Affairs
The U.S. demolishes its CIA base and war machines in Kabul as its last troops retreat from Afghanistan after an “extraordinary mission” that in realit
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Interview: P. Chidambaram

P. Chidambaram: ‘Now, cronyism is a bitter fact’

Lead Story
Interview with P. Chidambaram, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha.
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Book Review: 'Social Sector Development in North-East India' delves into the ‘social’ in the region

Books
The way the region has been governed since colonial times shapes the narratives of underdevelopment of the social sector in the present time.
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Book Review: ‘A Red-necked Green Bird’ is Tamil writer Ambai’s many-feathered fiction in translation

Books
A clutch of variegated, life-affirming stories to read and revisit as we emerge from an age of forced social isolation.
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COVER STORY: Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism: An era of growth sans justice

Lead Story
Neoliberalism, which could garner support for itself by promising a better tomorrow for all in its growth phase, has entered a period of prolonged sta
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Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘A corporate-communal nexus has emerged’: Sitaram Yechury

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
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Book Review: Jairam Ramesh's ‘The Light of Asia: The poem that defined the Buddha’ re-illumines Edwin Arnold’s epic poem

Books
A brilliant resurrection of Sir Edwin Arnold’s 19th century poem on the life and teachings of the Buddha, which is sure to create more awareness about