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03-12-2021

On the back foot (December 3, 2021)

Briefing

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Maharashtra

MSEDCL proposal to recover unpaid power bills comes as shock to farmers

India
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company’s unconventional proposal to get sugar mills to recover around Rs.41,000 crore in unpaid power
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TMC, AAP plans for Goa

Goa expedition: TMC, AAP eyeing a foothold at the expense of BJP and Congress

Lead Story
The Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are both aiming to gain a foothold in Goa, but they may not find it easy to convince the Goan voter eve
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Photo Essay

Through a chronicler's lens: Interview with wildlife photographer Percy Fernandez

Interview with Percy Fernandez, wildlife photographer who is Professor and Chairperson for the School of Media and Communication, Manipal Academy of H
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SOCIAL ISSUES

Same-sex marriage: social attitudes rooted in conservatism

Other
Notwithstanding the decriminalising of homosexuality, the government continues to maintain that same-sex marriages are incompatible with traditional m
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EVENTS

Retracing India’s legacy of resistance, from 1857 onwards

Arts & Culture
“India is not Lost”, an art exhibition organised by the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust to commemorate the country’s 75th year of independence, serves as
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TRIBUTE

Mahendar Misir: The man whom history forgot

India
It is time to retrieve from the oblivion of history the colourful character of Mahendar Misir (1886-1946), musician, poet, athlete, revolutionary and
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Tribute

Subrata Mukherjee (1946-2021): Political all-rounder

Obituary
For five decades, Subrata Mukherjee (1946-2021) was one of the most influential political leaders in West Bengal even though he spent most of his care
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Ethiopia

Ethiopia on the brink of a civil war

World Affairs
Ethiopia is on the brink of a full-blown civil war, with the rebels’ recapture of Tigray province and a new U.S.-backed alliance of nine ethnic partie
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TRIBUTE

Janos Kornai (1928-2021): An economist as an iconoclast

Obituary
Janos Kornai (1928-2021), the Hungarian economist, provided the first systematic and structural understanding of the flaws in the centralised command
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Sri Lanka's 'one country, one law' plan

Sri Lanka: One law, many problems

World Affairs
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa sets up a task force to look into eliminating personal laws, inviting widespread condemnation, but the move is a ploy to
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Interview: Dr Vinay Lal

‘Savarkar did very little for India’s independence’

India
Interview with the historian Dr Vinay Lal.
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COMMUNALISM

Targeting namaz: Hindu right wing outfits obstruct Muslim worshippers in Gurugram

Communalism
Muslim worshippers in Gurugram, Haryana, struggle to offer Friday prayers at the site allocated for the purpose as Hindu right-wing volunteers disrupt
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Cover Story: Maharashtra

Anil Deshmukh case: Thickening plot in Maharashtra

Lead Story
Unable to accept the MVA government in Maharashtra and desperate to reclaim lost ground in the State, the BJP stoops to new lows by hatching plots and
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Communalism

Churches under attack: Uttar Pradesh reports most cases of anti-Christian violence across India

Communalism
More than 300 cases of anti-Christian violence have been reported in India this year, with Uttar Pradesh faring the worst.
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COVER STORY: Kashmir

The BJP game plan to consolidate its position in Jammu and Kashmir before it calls elections

Lead Story
No matter the differences between them, the Gupkar leaders need to evolve a calibrated, nuanced and unified strategy if they have to take on the BJP,
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Nutritional Issues

Against the grain: Concerns over the Narendra Modi government's plan to distribute fortified rice

India
The Narendra Modi government’s grandiose plan to distribute rice fortified with iron through the public distribution system is all set to take off des
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Congress' internal troubles

Congress in disorder, hit by dissension and leadership issues

Lead Story
With internal dissension and a floundering leadership, the Congress is in a state of disarray, unable to mount an effective counter-attack to the BJP’
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Cover story: Rafale deal

The ghost of Rafale: Controversy surrounding the jets deal refuses to go away

Lead Story
The spectre of the Rafale fighter jets deal refuses to dissipate for the Narendra Modi government. Damning new revelations belie its claims that the d
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Interview: Pawan Khera

'Why is the government running away from inquiry?': Pawan Khera on the recent Rafale deal disclosures

Lead Story
Interview with Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera.
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Movements

One year on, the farmers’ protest holds its ground

Agriculture
The agitation demanding the repeal of three contentious farm laws, which began at Delhi’s borders on November 26, 2020, is not only the longest peasan
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Book Review

Book Review: 'The Multivalence of an Epic' retells the many Ramayanas of South India and Southeast Asia

Books
The book perceptively brings out the plurality and inclusiveness that mark the diverse Ramayana traditions traversing over two millennia and across wi
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Politics

BJP under pressure with Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on the horizon

Lead Story
Challenges posed by the farmers’ year-long agitation against the controversial farm laws, the impact of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the judiciary’s
BOOK REVIEW

Book Review: Anvita Abbi's 'Voices from the Lost Horizon' chronicles the literary heritage of the Great Andamanese

Books
The ‘first ever’ transcription and translation of folk tales and folk songs of the Great Andamanese captures some of the intangible heritage of the pe