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Civil aviation

How safe are the Indian skies?

India
A poor safety culture and lax regulatory oversight make flying in India risky. And critics blame the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for this st
REPORTS

2020 NCRB report of crimes in India: Year of the ‘anti-national’

India
In the list of crimes in the country in 2020 released by the National Crime Records Bureau, “offences against the state” show a significant spike.
Reports

Two recent household surveys reveal no trickle down

India
Two surveys paint a stark picture of an India divided between a small minority that owns most of its wealth and the large majority that is excluded fr
Germany election

Germany returns a fractured mandate

World Affairs
The German political landscape witnesses a dramatic change as the results of the general election force the two mainstream parties, the Christian Demo
AUKUS & QUAD

AUKUS: U.S.' military grouping could be the start of a Cold War with China

World Affairs
The U.S.’ announcement of the trilateral AUKUS military grouping and its reaffirming of the Quad alliance are indications of the distinct anti-China d
Social issues

A casteist crime beyond doubt

India
The Cuddalore Special Court judge invokes the doctrine of the rarest of rare cases to pronounce the death sentence on Accused No.2 in the 2003 ‘honour
Education

Medical education: A case against NEET

Education
Even as allegations of question paper leak and impersonation mar NEET 2021, a Tamil Nadu government panel report slams the examination for obstructing
Movements

Bharat bandh hailed as historic

India
The September 27 Bharat bandh, called by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha to mark ten months of the agitation demanding repeal of the three contentious farm
Jammu & Kashmir

Prelude to a revolt

Human rights
As New Delhi continues to lie to itself and the people of India on Kashmir, the engineered peace in the valley is likely to lead to a prolonged phase
Uddhav strong in Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray's staying power amid BJP hostility, internal rumblings

Politics
Nearly two years after the Maha Vikas Aghadi took charge of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has managed to steer his ship in the face of
Interview: Yashwant Sinha

Yashwant Sinha: ‘Alienation of people in Kashmir at an all-time high’

Politics
Interview with Yashwant Sinha, Trinamool Congress leader and former Minister for External Affairs (2002-2004).
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu fights back: Economic policies of the Union Territory slammed

Human rights
The economic policies of the Union Territory administration in Jammu come in for severe criticism from traders, small businesses, industrialists, lawy
WEST BENGAL POLITICS

Bubble of BJP's organisational base in West Bengal burst with Babul Supriyo's defection to the TMC

Politics
Babul Supriyo’s defection to the Trinamool Congress may signify not just a weakening of the BJP’s organisational base but also a decline in the party’
Jammu & Kashmir

Cultural invasion: Modi's move to rename historical places and institutions in Kashmir

India
The Narendra Modi government’s move to alter names of historical places and institutions is one more in a series of attempts to rewrite the political
Assam Evictions

'I converted voluntarily': A temple priest’s widow debunks Assam BJP leaders’ hate campaign

Lead Story
A victim’s testimony nails the lies spread by the BJP and its supporters about forcible conversion.
Interview: Aman Wadud

Aman Wadud: ‘There is normalisation of hatred’

Lead Story
Interview with Aman Wadud, human rights lawyer.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir’s apparatus of repression

Human rights
In post-August 2019 Kashmir, the state is using, among other things, raids, look-out circulars, denial of passports, anti-terror laws and sweeping sur
Punjab politics

Congress turbulence in Punjab; Amarinder, Sidhu quit

Politics
The Congress’ self-destructive streak is all too evident in its missteps in Punjab, which resulted in Captain Amarinder Singh’s exit, and raises troub
Assam Evictions

A recent history of evictions

Lead Story
Eviction drives have been carried out in Sivasagar, Nagaon, Marigaon, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Barpeta, Dhubri, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Biswanath,
COVER STORY: ASSAM

Assam discord

Lead Story
The BJP-led government’s latest eviction of ‘encroachers’ exposes its ominous intention of targeting Muslims with systematic violence as a precursor t
Economic Perspectives

Evergrande conundrum

Columns
A Chinese behemoth’s missing of an interest payment triggers local and global fears of its impending collapse, but the government is in no hurry to ba