COVER STORY

17-12-2021

History Makers (December 17, 2021)

Briefing

Media

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover 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 the farm laws in ‘the national interest’. They ignored the human and economic costs of the laws.
Farmers' Movement

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
A Bengaluru-based documentary film-maker captures the various aspects of the farmers’ protest and the camaraderie they displayed at Delhi’s borders.
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

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

Interview with Akhilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party.
Farmers' Movement

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

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
While the Telangana government battles with a stubborn Centre that refuses to increase rice procurement from the State, paddy farmers saddled with high output are staring at a grim future.
Wildlife

Wings of hope

While climate change has already affected both shorebird and seabird species the world over, the legal protection of the ecosystem holds out hope that Indian coasts and estuaries will remain healthy and continue to support viable shorebird and seabird populations.
Interview

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

Interview with Christophe Jaffrelot, political scientist.
Sudan Crisis

Hamdok reinstated as Sudan PM but public protests against military continue

John Cherian 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 coup, the continuing massive public protests indicate that the people of Sudan are determined to see that the Army gets detached from politics and returns permanently to the barracks.
TRIBUTE

Henry Derozio: Early iconoclast

Vidyarthy Chatterjee 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 medieval notions of morality and start thinking and deciding for themselves.
Retrospective of István Szabó’s films

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

Margit Köves 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 challenges.
Media

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover 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 the farm laws in ‘the national interest’. They ignored the human and economic costs of the laws.

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 State to 50 km from the international border.
Farmers' Movement

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
A Bengaluru-based documentary film-maker captures the various aspects of the farmers’ protest and the camaraderie they displayed at Delhi’s borders.
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

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

Interview with Akhilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party.
Farmers' Movement

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

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
While the Telangana government battles with a stubborn Centre that refuses to increase rice procurement from the State, paddy farmers saddled with high output are staring at a grim future.
AGRICULTURE

Gains for sugar cane growers in Maharashtra

Lyla Bavadam Agriculture
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 a year when sugar prices are booming and the harvest is good.
Farmers' Movement

Lakhimpur Kheri could prove to be BJP’s Achilles heel

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover 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 months after the murder of four people, in which the son of a Union Minister is an accused, farmers in this district continue to wait for justice.
Farmers' Movement

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

Anando Bhakto Cover 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 build on their solidarity to fight for other demands.
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 right-wing forces.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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' protests on Delhi’s borders.
Farmers' Movement

Lakhimpur Kheri could prove to be BJP’s Achilles heel

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover 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 months after the murder of four people, in which the son of a Union Minister is an accused, farmers in this district continue to wait for justice.
Farmers' Movement

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

Anando Bhakto Cover 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 build on their solidarity to fight for other demands.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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' protests on Delhi’s borders.
Interview: Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, AIKS

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

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
Farmers' Movement

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

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 Uttar Pradesh. The resentment on the ground is high and the Samajwadi Party is tapping into it.
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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 failed to break the unprecedented solidarity of the protesters cutting across class and caste divides.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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' protests on Delhi’s borders.
Interview: Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, AIKS

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

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.
Farmers' Movement

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

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 Uttar Pradesh. The resentment on the ground is high and the Samajwadi Party is tapping into it.
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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 failed to break the unprecedented solidarity of the protesters cutting across class and caste divides.
TRIBUTE

Henry Derozio: Early iconoclast

Vidyarthy Chatterjee 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 medieval notions of morality and start thinking and deciding for themselves.
Sudan Crisis

Hamdok reinstated as Sudan PM but public protests against military continue

John Cherian 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 coup, the continuing massive public protests indicate that the people of Sudan are determined to see that the Army gets detached from politics and returns permanently to the barracks.
Retrospective of István Szabó’s films

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

Margit Köves 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 challenges.
Farmers' Movement

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

Vikhar Ahmed Sayeed Cover Story
A Bengaluru-based documentary film-maker captures the various aspects of the farmers’ protest and the camaraderie they displayed at Delhi’s borders.
Media

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

Ziya Us Salam Cover 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 the farm laws in ‘the national interest’. They ignored the human and economic costs of the laws.

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 State to 50 km from the international border.
Interview: Akhilesh Yadav

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

Interview with Akhilesh Yadav, president of the Samajwadi Party.
Farmers' Movement

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

Ravi Sharma Cover Story
While the Telangana government battles with a stubborn Centre that refuses to increase rice procurement from the State, paddy farmers saddled with high output are staring at a grim future.
AGRICULTURE

Gains for sugar cane growers in Maharashtra

Lyla Bavadam Agriculture
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 a year when sugar prices are booming and the harvest is good.
Farmers' Movement

Lakhimpur Kheri could prove to be BJP’s Achilles heel

Purnima S. Tripathi Cover 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 months after the murder of four people, in which the son of a Union Minister is an accused, farmers in this district continue to wait for justice.
Farmers' Movement

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

Anando Bhakto Cover 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 build on their solidarity to fight for other demands.
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 right-wing forces.
Interview: Sitaram Yechury

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover Story
Interview with Sitaram Yechury, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Farmers' Movement

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

T.K. Rajalakshmi Cover 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' protests on Delhi’s borders.
China

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

John Cherian 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 Deng Xiaoping and focusses on the country’s progress during Xi’s nine years in power and his vision for its rejuvenation by its centenary year.
Interview: Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, AIKS

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

Anupama Katakam Cover Story
Interview with Dr Ashok Dhawale, president, All India Kisan Sabha.