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History Makers (December 17, 2021)



Christophe Jaffrelot: ‘At stake is survival of Indo-Islamic civilisation’

Interview with Christophe Jaffrelot, political scientist.

Henry Derozio: Early iconoclast

Arts & Culture
A freethinker par excellence, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio’s alleged notoriety lay in his incessant exhortations to his students to cease conforming to
Sudan Crisis

Hamdok reinstated as Sudan PM but public protests against military continue

World Affairs
Despite the Sudan military’s reinstatement of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and his civilian government, in an ostensible reversal of the October 25 c
Retrospective of István Szabó’s films

Steeped in history: The works of Hungarian film-maker István Szabó

Arts & Culture
A retrospective of the Hungarian director István Szabó’s films reflects the awareness of the life of a generation that has been constantly exposed to

Media turns cheerleader for Narendra Modi's decision to repeal farm laws, tries to put positive spin on climb-down

Lead Story
Except for a couple of news channels, the electronic media made a concerted effort to project a larger-than-life image of Narendra Modi for revoking t

Uproar in West Bengal against extending BSF jurisdiction

The ruling Trinamool Congress and non-BJP opposition parties in West Bengal condemn the Centre’s decision to increase the BSF’s jurisdiction in the St
Farmers' Movement

A visual record: Documentary film-maker Kesari Haravoo chronicles the farmers' protest at Delhi's borders

Lead Story
A Bengaluru-based documentary film-maker captures the various aspects of the farmers’ protest and the camaraderie they displayed at Delhi’s borders.
Farmers' Movement

Problem of plenty: Centre's refusal to procure more paddy impacts Telangana farmers

Lead Story
While the Telangana government battles with a stubborn Centre that refuses to increase rice procurement from the State, paddy farmers saddled with hig
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav: ‘The strongman image of the Prime Minister is in tatters’

Lead Story
Interview with Akhilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party.

Gains for sugar cane growers in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government and the State’s Sugar Commissioner take measures to ensure that sugar cane growers get their payments in time from mills in
Farmers' Movement

Bonding for battle: Punjab, Haryana farmers seek to build on new sense of solidarity

Lead Story
The success of the year-long campaign has infused a new awakening and a sense of solidarity among farmers in Punjab and Haryana, who are determined to
Farmers' Movement

Lakhimpur Kheri could prove to be BJP’s Achilles heel

Lead Story
If the reactions on the ground in Lakhimpur Kheri are any indication, mere withdrawal of the farm laws will not be enough to placate the farmers. Two
Jai Bhim film controversy

Casteists vs artists: Controversy surrounds Tamil film "Jai Bhim"

“Jai Bhim”, a gripping Tamil film portraying a tribal woman’s fight for justice, is in the eye of a storm after coming under attack by casteist and ri
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

‘A victory for democracy’: Sitaram Yechury on repeal of farm laws

Lead Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).

Communist Party of China puts Xi Jinping on a pedestal at the Central Committee’s sixth plenary session

World Affairs
The resolution the CPC Central Committee adopted after its sixth plenary session formally places Xi Jinping on the same pedestal as Mao Zedong and Den
Farmers' Movement

Peasant women from Punjab and Haryana stand shoulder to shoulder in year-long farmers' protests against controversial farm laws

Lead Story
The large-scale mobilisation of peasant women from Punjab and the inspired participation of their counterparts from Haryana gave solid support to the
Farmers' Movement

Masterstroke that misfired: BJP unlikely to gain in Uttar Pradesh from Narendra Modi's decision to repeal farm laws

Lead Story
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s plans to win back the support of farmers alienated by the three controversial farm laws are unlikely to yield results in
Interview: Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, AIKS

Dr Ashok Dhawale: ‘Historic first victory in unprecedented struggle’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
Jammu & Kashmir

After the November 15 encounter in Srinagar’s Hyderpora, anger on the streets again

The protests after the encounter killings in Srinagar were notable because for the first time since August 5, 2019, civilians and politicians alike to
Economic Perspectives

End of an era of cheap money?

C.P. Chandrasekhar
Across the world, there is a sense of apprehension about the economic future owing to signs of inflation and a readjustment of monetary policy in adva

Book Review: D. Ravikumar’s 'Dalithugalum nilamum' is an account of Dalits and their bond with land

A broad-based account of Dalits and their struggle for right to landholdings.
Farmers' Movement

How the battle was won: Farmers' protests force the Narendra Modi-led government to repeal controversial farm laws

Lead Story
The year-long struggle of the farmers and its electoral implications force the government to climb down on the three farm laws after all its tactics f
Book Review

Book Review: Amartya Sen’s memoir 'Home in the World' is a discussion of memories and ideas

Amartya Sen’s memoir is not a chronological story of his life; it discusses ideas and emphasises the importance of public reasoning in decision-making
Book Review

Book Review: Achala Moulik's 'Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation of 1971' chronicles India and Russia's longstanding relationship

This remarkable book commemorates a landmark treaty between India and the Soviet Union that played a key role in advancing ties between the two countr