COVER STORY

14-01-2022

'Socialism failed once. Capitalism, many times' (January 14, 2022)

Briefing

Interview: Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now’

Interview with Tariq Ali, public intellectual, writer and political activist.
India & Sri Lanka

All at sea: India-Sri Lanka relations turn increasingly fragile

R.K. Radhakrishnan World Affairs
Indian fishermen crossing over to Sri Lankan waters and the issue of Tamil refugees in India have become flashpoints in an already fragile relationship between the two countries.
World Affairs: Chile

As the Left triumphs in Chile, Gabriel Boric becomes new President

John Cherian World Affairs
Chile’s new President, Gabriel Boric, is the youngest and most radical leader elected since the legendary Salvador Allende. His coalition, “Apruebo Dignidad” (Approve Dignity), which enjoys the support of the working class, the youth and ethnic minorities, has pledged to undo the neoliberal economic model and form an inclusive, youth-driven government to rectify the inequality in Chilean society.
Summit for democracy

U.S. democracy summit nothing but a drama

John Cherian World Affairs
The Biden administration receives widespread flak for convening a dubious summit for democracy, with Russia and China condemning it as the U.S.’ ‘cold war’ mentality that could trigger new ideological confrontations worldwide.
Attack against churches

Christians at receiving end amid growing violence

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Christian groups are worried about the growing violence against churches and the disinformation campaign against them.
Interview with Thomas Blom Hansen

‘The spell of Modi has been broken’

Abhish K. Bose The Nation
Interview with Dr Thomas Blom Hansen, professor of anthropology and renowned scholar on Hindu nationalism.
SILVERLINE PROJECT

Kerala's SilverLine: Putting a project on track

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The LDF government in Kerala takes determined steps to go ahead with the SilverLine project, a semi high-speed rail corridor, but opposition to the project is mounting.
Controversy

Vegetarian extremism in Karnataka: Lingayat groups against eggs in schools

The Karnataka government’s laudable move to improve nutrition levels of children by introducing eggs in the noon meal scheme in its schools meets with opposition from a section of Lingayat religious leaders, leaving the ruling BJP in a quandary.
Farmers' Struggle

Planned conspiracy behind the Lakhimpur Kheri violence exposed

Divya Trivedi Farmers' Struggle
While the Special Investigation Team report has concluded that the Lakhimpur Kheri violence was a conspiracy, the farmers maintain that they will not relent in their struggle for justice as long as Minister Ajay Mishra “Teni”, whose son is the main accused in the case, remains in office.
JAMMU & KASHMIR

Persistent militant attacks in Kashmir puncture peace claims

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Continuing terror attacks in Kashmir belie the Central government’s claim that the abrogation of Article 370 has ushered in an atmosphere of relative peace and development in the Valley.
Legislation

The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill has a flawed notion of gender justice

The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, which raises the age of marriage of women from 18 to 21, strikes a blow against women’s empowerment and leads to apprehensions that it will curtail the autonomy of women.
COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID: Omicron concerns rise in India as virus rages in other parts of the world

Although the new virus variant’s spread in India is relatively low when compared with the situation in the United Kingdom and the United States, a debate on the country’s preparedness is on in the light of the pandemic experience of the past two years.
KOLKATA MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections: One more victory for Trinamool Congress

The Trinamool Congress sweeps the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections winning 134 of the 144 wards amid allegations of violence and rigging.
Assembly Elections: Goa

Goa: Politics on the trapeze

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Politics
Opportunistic politics is at its worst in Goa, where senior politicians are switching parties in the scramble for seats.
U.P. election campaign

Shaky start to BJP's Uttar Pradesh election campaign

Amid a sudden upsurge in the Samajwadi Party’s popularity in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly election and the anti-incumbency mood against the Adityanath government, Modi resorts to the familiar tactic of communal rhetoric and hollow claims of development.
Interview: Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now’

Interview with Tariq Ali, public intellectual, writer and political activist.
BOOK REVIEW

Book Review: Thol. Thirumavalavan's 'Mathamum Mathamaatramum' puts caste identity and conversion in the spotlight

D. Dalton Books
The book portrays caste atrocities and police brutalities as reasons for religious conversion and rejects the argument that the lure of money was the motive.
JAMMU & KASHMIR

Persistent militant attacks in Kashmir puncture peace claims

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Continuing terror attacks in Kashmir belie the Central government’s claim that the abrogation of Article 370 has ushered in an atmosphere of relative peace and development in the Valley.
World Affairs: Chile

As the Left triumphs in Chile, Gabriel Boric becomes new President

John Cherian World Affairs
Chile’s new President, Gabriel Boric, is the youngest and most radical leader elected since the legendary Salvador Allende. His coalition, “Apruebo Dignidad” (Approve Dignity), which enjoys the support of the working class, the youth and ethnic minorities, has pledged to undo the neoliberal economic model and form an inclusive, youth-driven government to rectify the inequality in Chilean society.
Summit for democracy

U.S. democracy summit nothing but a drama

John Cherian World Affairs
The Biden administration receives widespread flak for convening a dubious summit for democracy, with Russia and China condemning it as the U.S.’ ‘cold war’ mentality that could trigger new ideological confrontations worldwide.
Attack against churches

Christians at receiving end amid growing violence

Ziya Us Salam Communalism
Christian groups are worried about the growing violence against churches and the disinformation campaign against them.
Interview with Thomas Blom Hansen

‘The spell of Modi has been broken’

Abhish K. Bose The Nation
Interview with Dr Thomas Blom Hansen, professor of anthropology and renowned scholar on Hindu nationalism.
SILVERLINE PROJECT

Kerala's SilverLine: Putting a project on track

R. Krishnakumar The Nation
The LDF government in Kerala takes determined steps to go ahead with the SilverLine project, a semi high-speed rail corridor, but opposition to the project is mounting.
Controversy

Vegetarian extremism in Karnataka: Lingayat groups against eggs in schools

The Karnataka government’s laudable move to improve nutrition levels of children by introducing eggs in the noon meal scheme in its schools meets with opposition from a section of Lingayat religious leaders, leaving the ruling BJP in a quandary.
Farmers' Struggle

Planned conspiracy behind the Lakhimpur Kheri violence exposed

Divya Trivedi Farmers' Struggle
While the Special Investigation Team report has concluded that the Lakhimpur Kheri violence was a conspiracy, the farmers maintain that they will not relent in their struggle for justice as long as Minister Ajay Mishra “Teni”, whose son is the main accused in the case, remains in office.
JAMMU & KASHMIR

Persistent militant attacks in Kashmir puncture peace claims

Anando Bhakto The Nation
Continuing terror attacks in Kashmir belie the Central government’s claim that the abrogation of Article 370 has ushered in an atmosphere of relative peace and development in the Valley.
Legislation

The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill has a flawed notion of gender justice

The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, which raises the age of marriage of women from 18 to 21, strikes a blow against women’s empowerment and leads to apprehensions that it will curtail the autonomy of women.
COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID: Omicron concerns rise in India as virus rages in other parts of the world

Although the new virus variant’s spread in India is relatively low when compared with the situation in the United Kingdom and the United States, a debate on the country’s preparedness is on in the light of the pandemic experience of the past two years.
KOLKATA MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections: One more victory for Trinamool Congress

The Trinamool Congress sweeps the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections winning 134 of the 144 wards amid allegations of violence and rigging.
Assembly Elections: Goa

Goa: Politics on the trapeze

ANUPAMA KATAKAM Politics
Opportunistic politics is at its worst in Goa, where senior politicians are switching parties in the scramble for seats.
U.P. election campaign

Shaky start to BJP's Uttar Pradesh election campaign

Amid a sudden upsurge in the Samajwadi Party’s popularity in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly election and the anti-incumbency mood against the Adityanath government, Modi resorts to the familiar tactic of communal rhetoric and hollow claims of development.
Interview: Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now’

Interview with Tariq Ali, public intellectual, writer and political activist.
BOOK REVIEW

Book Review: Rasheed Kidwai's 'The House of Scindias' is a tale of a dynasty well told

The book throws light on the power dynamics and pomp displayed by one of the respected dynasties of Indian politics.
Economic Perspectives

Co-lending: Another bonanza for private capital

C.P. Chandrasekhar C.P. Chandrasekhar
The recent State Bank of India-Adani Capital co-lending scheme to help farmers is not only loaded in favour of Adani Capital but also appears to facilitate the back-door entry of business groups into banking. As with all public-private partnerships under capitalism, the public sector will bear the risk while the private sector will share the rewards generated by the investment of public capital.