COVER STORY

31-12-2022

Massacre of the innocents (December 31, 2021)

Briefing

Ajit Doval IPS address

With advisers like these: Ajit Doval's disregard for letter and spirit of Constitution

K.S. Subramanian Cover Story
With utter disregard for the letter and spirit of the Constitution, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval shocks civil society by harping on “fourth generation warfare” and belittling the commitment of dedicated social activists in his address to new IPS officers.
Interview: Sanjoy Hazarika

Sanjoy Hazarika: ‘AFSPA should be revoked’

Sushanta Talukdar Cover Story
Interview with Sanjoy Hazarika, political commentator and author.
Oting massacre

Between the law and the lawless: Civilian killings in Nagaland provoke outrage, calls to revoke AFSPA intensify

The indiscriminate killing of 13 people in Mon district of Nagaland by the Indian Army sparks popular anger in the State, strengthens the north-eastern States’ demand for repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, and casts a shadow over the Naga peace talks.
Profile

Thi. Janakiraman: A classical radical

Tamil writer Thi. Janakiraman (1921-1982) was a modernist whose fiction explored the man-woman relationship and its tangles in a changing world. For him, writing was an act of resistance against the Brahmin orthodoxy he had been raised in.
BOOKS / CONTROVERSY

Fate of a book on Indian democracy

The peculiar case of a book on Indian democracy that almost got pushed out of the Indian market but has managed to make a comeback.
World Affairs: Maldives

Former President Yameen’s campaign to get India out of Maldives

R.K. Radhakrishnan World Affairs
Former President Abdullah Yameen is leading a concerted campaign to remove India’s presence from his island nation. Solving the problem of deteriorating bilateral relations may require the ruling BJP to change what it is doing at home in the case of Muslims.
World Affairs: Latin America

The Left making a comeback in Latin America

John Cherian World Affairs
With the Left registering impressive victories in recent elections in Honduras, Venezuela and Nicaragua and expected to win in the near future in Chile, Brazil and Colombia, Latin America seems all set for a socialist resurgence.
Tribute

S. Ganesalingan: Marxist to the core

S. Ganesalingan (1928-2021), the Sri Lankan Tamil writer whose works largely had as the setting the years of the Eelam struggle, looked at developments in a Marxist perspective.
ESSAY

Unsung sisterhood of Odisha’s women freedom fighters

The Satyagraha movement in Odisha, directly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, was led, at many places, by women freedom fighters. Their contributions were rich, varied and covered many aspects of public life — political, legal, social and literary.
LEGISLATION

The crypto phenomenon

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The government seems to have acknowledged the need to recognise and regulate trade in cryptocurrencies, which enthusiasts say points to a new future, but critics warn that it is a bubble that is bound to burst.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir: Political parties gearing up to take on the Centre

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The overwhelming sense among the Kashmir-based parties is that the Modi government is on the back foot at the moment, so this is the opportune time to strike back at the BJP and the Sangh Parivar and rebuild their own credentials and space in the Kashmir valley.
Communalism

Right wing vigilante groups target stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Munawar Faruqui was imprisoned in Indore jail earlier this year for allegedly insulting Hindu gods in his comedy shows, which have been cancelled thereafter owing to ultimatums by right-wing vigilante groups. He now faces threats to his life and the denial of the right to earn a livelihood.

United on exclusion: States insist on demarcating more area in the Western Ghats from 'ecologically sensitive' category

R. Krishnakumar Environment
The validity of the Centre’s fourth draft notification on ecologically sensitive areas in the Western Ghats will end soon. But Kerala stands firm on exclusion of more area from ESA category as recommended by an experts’ committee. The five other stakeholder States too demand exclusion of more areas.
Interview: Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel: ‘Modi shrank India’s workforce by a fifth’

Ziya Us Salam Economy
Interview with Aakar Patel, author of ‘Price of the Modi Years’.
STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Agenda for inequality: A new report raises red flags over privatisation

Thomas Franco Economy
The People’s Commission report cautions the government against privatisation, as it will find it difficult to deliver on the future challenges emerging on various fronts.
Interview: Prof. T.V. Sekher

‘Population explosion is not a concern now’

Interview with Prof. T.V. Sekher, head of the Department of Family and Generations at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS).
ECONOMY

Multidimensional Poverty Index: A new poverty marker

Divya Trivedi Economy
The government’s jubilation over the ‘economic recovery’ hides the bitter reality of persisting low wages and poverty among a large section of the people.
Banning meat stalls

Meat of the matter: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation forced to roll back its decision to remove non-vegetarian food stalls

Divya Trivedi Communalism
Imposition of vegetarianism receives a pushback in Hindutva’s laboratory of Gujarat.
Policy and economic recovery

Engineered setback: Government's COVID response aggravates economic crisis

The COVID-induced devastation and the state’s tepid response have enhanced the severity of the current economic crisis and official claims of a V-shaped recovery amount to mere wishful thinking.
Helicopter crash

Tragedy at Coonoor: CDS General Bipin Rawat, 12 others die in helicopter crash

R.K. Radhakrishnan The Nation
General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, and defence personnel killed in a helicopter crash.
BOOKS / CONTROVERSY

Fate of a book on Indian democracy

The peculiar case of a book on Indian democracy that almost got pushed out of the Indian market but has managed to make a comeback.
World Affairs: Maldives

Former President Yameen’s campaign to get India out of Maldives

R.K. Radhakrishnan World Affairs
Former President Abdullah Yameen is leading a concerted campaign to remove India’s presence from his island nation. Solving the problem of deteriorating bilateral relations may require the ruling BJP to change what it is doing at home in the case of Muslims.
World Affairs: Latin America

The Left making a comeback in Latin America

John Cherian World Affairs
With the Left registering impressive victories in recent elections in Honduras, Venezuela and Nicaragua and expected to win in the near future in Chile, Brazil and Colombia, Latin America seems all set for a socialist resurgence.
Tribute

S. Ganesalingan: Marxist to the core

S. Ganesalingan (1928-2021), the Sri Lankan Tamil writer whose works largely had as the setting the years of the Eelam struggle, looked at developments in a Marxist perspective.
ESSAY

Unsung sisterhood of Odisha’s women freedom fighters

The Satyagraha movement in Odisha, directly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, was led, at many places, by women freedom fighters. Their contributions were rich, varied and covered many aspects of public life — political, legal, social and literary.
LEGISLATION

The crypto phenomenon

ANUPAMA KATAKAM The Nation
The government seems to have acknowledged the need to recognise and regulate trade in cryptocurrencies, which enthusiasts say points to a new future, but critics warn that it is a bubble that is bound to burst.
Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu & Kashmir: Political parties gearing up to take on the Centre

Anando Bhakto The Nation
The overwhelming sense among the Kashmir-based parties is that the Modi government is on the back foot at the moment, so this is the opportune time to strike back at the BJP and the Sangh Parivar and rebuild their own credentials and space in the Kashmir valley.
Communalism

Right wing vigilante groups target stand-up comic Munawar Faruqui

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Munawar Faruqui was imprisoned in Indore jail earlier this year for allegedly insulting Hindu gods in his comedy shows, which have been cancelled thereafter owing to ultimatums by right-wing vigilante groups. He now faces threats to his life and the denial of the right to earn a livelihood.

United on exclusion: States insist on demarcating more area in the Western Ghats from 'ecologically sensitive' category

R. Krishnakumar Environment
The validity of the Centre’s fourth draft notification on ecologically sensitive areas in the Western Ghats will end soon. But Kerala stands firm on exclusion of more area from ESA category as recommended by an experts’ committee. The five other stakeholder States too demand exclusion of more areas.
Interview: Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel: ‘Modi shrank India’s workforce by a fifth’

Ziya Us Salam Economy
Interview with Aakar Patel, author of ‘Price of the Modi Years’.
STATE OF THE ECONOMY

Agenda for inequality: A new report raises red flags over privatisation

Thomas Franco Economy
The People’s Commission report cautions the government against privatisation, as it will find it difficult to deliver on the future challenges emerging on various fronts.
Interview: Prof. T.V. Sekher

‘Population explosion is not a concern now’

Interview with Prof. T.V. Sekher, head of the Department of Family and Generations at the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS).
ECONOMY

Multidimensional Poverty Index: A new poverty marker

Divya Trivedi Economy
The government’s jubilation over the ‘economic recovery’ hides the bitter reality of persisting low wages and poverty among a large section of the people.
Banning meat stalls

Meat of the matter: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation forced to roll back its decision to remove non-vegetarian food stalls

Divya Trivedi Communalism
Imposition of vegetarianism receives a pushback in Hindutva’s laboratory of Gujarat.
Policy and economic recovery

Engineered setback: Government's COVID response aggravates economic crisis

The COVID-induced devastation and the state’s tepid response have enhanced the severity of the current economic crisis and official claims of a V-shaped recovery amount to mere wishful thinking.
World Affairs: Ukraine

Will Ukraine be the next flashpoint?

John Cherian World Affairs
While Russia has repeatedly denied that it has any plans for military intervention in Ukraine, the United States insists that an invasion is imminent even as Ukraine stated its intentions to reclaim both Crimea and the Donbas region from Russia.
Policy and economic recovery

Engineered setback: Government's COVID response aggravates economic crisis

The COVID-induced devastation and the state’s tepid response have enhanced the severity of the current economic crisis and official claims of a V-shaped recovery amount to mere wishful thinking.
NFHS-5 report

Families in distress: Latest NFHS findings paint bleak picture

The latest NFHS findings point to many areas that need improvement, but the Central government decides to give the whole report a positive spin, underplaying the harsh realities.
Book Review

Book Review: 'Bangalore's Lalbagh' by Suresh Jayaram pays homage to the Garden City

The story of Lalbagh is intertwined with the story of Bengaluru, and the book makes this connect wonderfully.