COVER STORY

03-12-2021

On the back foot (December 3, 2021)

Briefing

COVER STORY

‘Mamata is an asset to the opposition’: Trinamool Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra

Interview with Om Prakash Mishra, who left the Congress for the Trinamool in 2019.
Cover Story: Maharashtra

Searching for scams: BJP strikes MVA government in Maharashtra using Central agencies

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others have been targeted by the BJP using Central agencies as part of its persistent attack on the MVA government.
TMC, AAP plans for Goa

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

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 even though the electorate is fed up with the Congress and the BJP.
COVER STORY

Trinamool Congress’ expansion drive at national level

In an attempt to usurp the Congress’ space at the national level, the Trinamool Congress launches an attack on the party and tries to make inroads into its bases in some States.
Maharashtra

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

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company’s unconventional proposal to get sugar mills to recover around Rs.41,000 crore in unpaid power bills of farmers raises eyebrows.
Cover Story: Maharashtra

Searching for scams: BJP strikes MVA government in Maharashtra using Central agencies

Lyla Bavadam Cover Story
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and others have been targeted by the BJP using Central agencies as part of its persistent attack on the MVA government.
TMC, AAP plans for Goa

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

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 even though the electorate is fed up with the Congress and the BJP.
SOCIAL ISSUES

Same-sex marriage: social attitudes rooted in conservatism

Notwithstanding the decriminalising of homosexuality, the government continues to maintain that same-sex marriages are incompatible with traditional morality in India.
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 Higher Education, Dubai, UAE.
EVENTS

Retracing India’s legacy of resistance, from 1857 onwards

Suneet Chopra 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 a powerful, emotive reminder of what our freedom fighters stood for.
TRIBUTE

Mahendar Misir: The man whom history forgot

J.N. Sinha The Nation
It is time to retrieve from the oblivion of history the colourful character of Mahendar Misir (1886-1946), musician, poet, athlete, revolutionary and friend of the oppressed, who was willing to go to great lengths to espouse causes close to his heart. Ironically, he is yet to be recognised as a freedom fighter, let alone as a Renaissance man.
Ethiopia

Ethiopia on the brink of a civil war

John Cherian 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 parties led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front encouraging other ethnic groups to raise the banner of revolt against the Abiy Ahmad government.
Tribute

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

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 career in the opposition.
Sri Lanka's 'one country, one law' plan

Sri Lanka: One law, many problems

R.K. Radhakrishnan 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 deflect attention from the economic crisis worsened by a bungling regime.
TRIBUTE

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

Rakesh Batabyal Obituary
Janos Kornai (1928-2021), the Hungarian economist, provided the first systematic and structural understanding of the flaws in the centralised command economy as well as the fallacy of the assumed equilibrium of the capitalist economy.
Interview: Dr Vinay Lal

‘Savarkar did very little for India’s independence’

Interview with the historian Dr Vinay Lal.
COMMUNALISM

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

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

Anil Deshmukh case: Thickening plot in Maharashtra

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 launching raids to bring down Ministers and persecute officials.
Communalism

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

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
More than 300 cases of anti-Christian violence have been reported in India this year, with Uttar Pradesh faring the worst.
Nutritional Issues

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The Narendra Modi government’s grandiose plan to distribute rice fortified with iron through the public distribution system is all set to take off despite the concerns about its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, toxicity due to excess iron, dietary diversity, and conflict of interest.
Cover Story: Maharashtra

Anil Deshmukh case: Thickening plot in Maharashtra

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 launching raids to bring down Ministers and persecute officials.
Congress' internal troubles

Congress in disorder, hit by dissension and leadership issues

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover 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’s offensive ahead of crucial State Assembly elections.
COVER STORY: Kashmir

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

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, which is using whatever tactics it has at its disposal to ensure that it will reach the magic number of 46 seats in the next Assembly election.
Interview: Pawan Khera

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

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover Story
Interview with Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera.
Cover story: Rafale deal

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

Divya Trivedi Cover 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 deal was above board and for the public good.
Politics

BJP under pressure with Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on the horizon

Challenges posed by the farmers’ year-long agitation against the controversial farm laws, the impact of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the judiciary’s tough talk on this and other issues, spiralling prices and the latest Rafale revelations have forced the BJP to be on the defensive ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections.
COMMUNALISM

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

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Muslim worshippers in Gurugram, Haryana, struggle to offer Friday prayers at the site allocated for the purpose as Hindu right-wing volunteers disrupt them.
Communalism

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

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
More than 300 cases of anti-Christian violence have been reported in India this year, with Uttar Pradesh faring the worst.
Nutritional Issues

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
The Narendra Modi government’s grandiose plan to distribute rice fortified with iron through the public distribution system is all set to take off despite the concerns about its efficacy, cost-effectiveness, toxicity due to excess iron, dietary diversity, and conflict of interest.
Movements

One year on, the farmers’ protest holds its ground

T.K. RajalakshmI 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 peasant struggle in the history of India but also a secular, democratic, pan-India movement that has managed to hold its ground for an entire year.
SOCIAL ISSUES

Same-sex marriage: social attitudes rooted in conservatism

Notwithstanding the decriminalising of homosexuality, the government continues to maintain that same-sex marriages are incompatible with traditional morality in India.
TMC, AAP plans for Goa

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

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 even though the electorate is fed up with the Congress and the BJP.
COVER STORY

Trinamool Congress’ expansion drive at national level

In an attempt to usurp the Congress’ space at the national level, the Trinamool Congress launches an attack on the party and tries to make inroads into its bases in some States.
Maharashtra

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

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company’s unconventional proposal to get sugar mills to recover around Rs.41,000 crore in unpaid power bills of farmers raises eyebrows.
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 Higher Education, Dubai, UAE.
EVENTS

Retracing India’s legacy of resistance, from 1857 onwards

Suneet Chopra 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 a powerful, emotive reminder of what our freedom fighters stood for.
TRIBUTE

Mahendar Misir: The man whom history forgot

J.N. Sinha The Nation
It is time to retrieve from the oblivion of history the colourful character of Mahendar Misir (1886-1946), musician, poet, athlete, revolutionary and friend of the oppressed, who was willing to go to great lengths to espouse causes close to his heart. Ironically, he is yet to be recognised as a freedom fighter, let alone as a Renaissance man.
Ethiopia

Ethiopia on the brink of a civil war

John Cherian 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 parties led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front encouraging other ethnic groups to raise the banner of revolt against the Abiy Ahmad government.
Tribute

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

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 career in the opposition.
Sri Lanka's 'one country, one law' plan

Sri Lanka: One law, many problems

R.K. Radhakrishnan 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 deflect attention from the economic crisis worsened by a bungling regime.
TRIBUTE

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

Rakesh Batabyal Obituary
Janos Kornai (1928-2021), the Hungarian economist, provided the first systematic and structural understanding of the flaws in the centralised command economy as well as the fallacy of the assumed equilibrium of the capitalist economy.
Interview: Dr Vinay Lal

‘Savarkar did very little for India’s independence’

Interview with the historian Dr Vinay Lal.
COMMUNALISM

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

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Muslim worshippers in Gurugram, Haryana, struggle to offer Friday prayers at the site allocated for the purpose as Hindu right-wing volunteers disrupt them.
Communalism

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

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
More than 300 cases of anti-Christian violence have been reported in India this year, with Uttar Pradesh faring the worst.
Cover Story: Maharashtra

Anil Deshmukh case: Thickening plot in Maharashtra

Anupama Katakam Cover 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 launching raids to bring down Ministers and persecute officials.
Congress' internal troubles

Congress in disorder, hit by dissension and leadership issues

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover 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’s offensive ahead of crucial State Assembly elections.