Briefing

Assam Evictions

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

Nanda Ghosh Cover 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’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Aman Wadud, human rights lawyer.
Assam Evictions

A recent history of evictions

Teesta Setalvad Cover Story
Eviction drives have been carried out in Sivasagar, Nagaon, Marigaon, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Barpeta, Dhubri, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Nalbari, Biswanath, Charaideo, Hojai, Goalpara, Sonitpur, and Golaghat districts, apart from Darrang.
COVER STORY: ASSAM

Assam discord

Teesta Setalvad Cover Story
The BJP-led government’s latest eviction of ‘encroachers’ exposes its ominous intention of targeting Muslims with systematic violence as a precursor to disenfranchising and excluding them.
CONSERVATION

River as a living entity

Shrishtee Bajpai Environment
Recognising river ecosystems or other entities of nature as having rights offers the possibility of managing and governing habitats based on the ecological realities of a region. When a river is recognised as a legal person, it has a right to maintain its spirit, identity and integrity.
Civil aviation

How safe are the Indian skies?

Ravi Sharma The Nation
A poor safety culture and lax regulatory oversight make flying in India risky. And critics blame the Directorate General of Civil Aviation for this state of affairs and accuse it of becoming a controlling agency rather than the regulator or facilitator it is meant to be.
REPORTS

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

Divya Trivedi The Nation
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

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
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 from gaining assets.
Germany election

Germany returns a fractured mandate

John Cherian World Affairs
The German political landscape witnesses a dramatic change as the results of the general election force the two mainstream parties, the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party, to go in for a multiparty coalition.
AUKUS & QUAD

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

John Cherian 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 direction that its foreign policy is taking, notwithstanding its claims to the contrary.
Social issues

A casteist crime beyond doubt

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 killing’ case to “serve as a warning to those who practice casteist superiority and hatred in society”.
Education

Medical education: A case against NEET

Even as allegations of question paper leak and impersonation mar NEET 2021, a Tamil Nadu government panel report slams the examination for obstructing social justice and calls for its abolition.
Uddhav strong in Maharashtra

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

Lyla Bavadam 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 hostility from the BJP and rumblings within the alliance.
Jammu & Kashmir

Prelude to a revolt

Shabir Hussain 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 of confrontation.
Movements

Bharat bandh hailed as historic

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
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 laws, was unprecedented in the support it received from over 12 opposition parties and the participation of women across the country.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu fights back: Economic policies of the Union Territory slammed

Ashutosh Sharma Human rights
The economic policies of the Union Territory administration in Jammu come in for severe criticism from traders, small businesses, industrialists, lawyers and the tourism sector, and the region observes a bandh on September 22 seeking a better deal for local residents.
WEST BENGAL POLITICS

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

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’s ideological appeal among its workers and leaders.
Interview: Yashwant Sinha

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

Anando Bhakto Politics
Interview with Yashwant Sinha, Trinamool Congress leader and former Minister for External Affairs (2002-2004).
Assam Evictions

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

Nanda Ghosh Cover 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’

Ziya Us Salam Cover Story
Interview with Aman Wadud, human rights lawyer.
Social issues

A casteist crime beyond doubt

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 killing’ case to “serve as a warning to those who practice casteist superiority and hatred in society”.
Education

Medical education: A case against NEET

Even as allegations of question paper leak and impersonation mar NEET 2021, a Tamil Nadu government panel report slams the examination for obstructing social justice and calls for its abolition.
Jammu & Kashmir

Prelude to a revolt

Shabir Hussain 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 of confrontation.
Movements

Bharat bandh hailed as historic

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
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 laws, was unprecedented in the support it received from over 12 opposition parties and the participation of women across the country.
Interview: Yashwant Sinha

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

Anando Bhakto 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

Ashutosh Sharma Human rights
The economic policies of the Union Territory administration in Jammu come in for severe criticism from traders, small businesses, industrialists, lawyers and the tourism sector, and the region observes a bandh on September 22 seeking a better deal for local residents.
Jammu & Kashmir

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

Divya Trivedi The Nation
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 history of Jammu and Kashmir.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir’s apparatus of repression

Anando Bhakto 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 surveillance against journalists who are not willing to bow down to its diktats.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir’s apparatus of repression

Anando Bhakto 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 surveillance against journalists who are not willing to bow down to its diktats.
AUKUS & QUAD

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

John Cherian 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 direction that its foreign policy is taking, notwithstanding its claims to the contrary.
Punjab politics

Congress turbulence in Punjab; Amarinder, Sidhu quit

The Congress’ self-destructive streak is all too evident in its missteps in Punjab, which resulted in Captain Amarinder Singh’s exit, and raises troubling questions over the party’s leadership and direction.