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11-03-2022

Manufacturing conflict (March 11, 2022)

Briefing

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CINEMA

Chilean documentary films: Records of resistance

Cinema
As Chile looks forward to a hopeful future under the recently elected socialist President Gabriel Boric, a review of the large body of films that has
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Interview: Paul Waters

'Every society has its darkness': In conversation with Irish author Paul Waters

Books
Interview with Paul Waters, author and TV and radio reporter and producer.
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SPOTLIGHT

Rerecording history: Bengaluru's Inscriptions 3D Digital Conservation Project helps preserve millenia-old stone inscriptions

India
A local history buff in Bengaluru finds technological solutions to preserve 1,000-year-old stone inscriptions for posterity.
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Short Story

'Calendar Bawa' by Thoppil Mohamed Meeran: A Tamil short story in translation

Literature
Translated by Prabha Sridevan.
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World Affairs: Africa

A wave of coups in West Africa

World Affairs
The recent military takeovers in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso are the result of increasing terror attacks from extremist forces aligned to Al Qaeda a
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China-Russia

Historic summit between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin strengthens China-Russia ties

World Affairs
Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin agree to expand strategic and economic ties in the face of the West’s efforts to militarily encircle China
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LIVELIHOOD ISSUES

MGNREGA: Wake-up call

General Issues
A Parliamentary Standing Committee pulls up the Rural Development Ministry in its report on a “critical evaluation” of the MGNREGA and calls for m
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Conservation

Maharashtra constitutes State Tree Authority to protect trees in urban areas

Environment
Maharashtra becomes the first State to take a step towards conservation of urban trees by constituting State- and local-level tree authorities.
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Labour issues

Women on the warpath: Haryana's anganwadi workers and helpers on indefinite strike

India
Seventy per cent of Haryana’s anganwadi workers and helpers have been on an indefinite strike for two months demanding that the government honour it
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Jammu & Kashmir

Journalists and press freedom under attack in Jammu and Kashmir

India
Being a journalist in Jammu and Kashmir has always been fraught with dangers, but after August 5, 2019, intimidation and harassment of individual scri
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PARTY AFFAIRS

Cracks in Trinamool Congress

Politics
As the ruling party continues to dominate West Bengal politics, speculation about a rift between Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee has
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Cover Story: The hijab controversy

Islamophobia comes to a head in France

Lead Story
France, the first country in Europe to ban the wearing of full veils in public a decade ago, has since seen a deepening of Islamophobia, with the Sena
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Tamil Nadu against NEET

Not so neat: Tamil Nadu government, Governor lock horns on NEET

India
The Tamil Nadu Governor sends back a Bill seeking exemption for the State from NEET, triggering a political tussle and questions of constitutional pro
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Hijab and Quran

The paradox of hijab

Lead Story
The hijab controversy, while exposing a sinister right-wing agenda to communalise the situation for political gain, has given rise to scrutiny from wi
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ASSEMBLY ELECTION: MANIPUR

Manipur Assembly election: Territory in focus

Politics
Territorial integrity is the dominant election issue in Manipur, but in Naga-majority constituencies, ruling and opposition parties speak of developme
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Cover Story: The hijab controversy

The hijab ban threatens Muslim women’s access to education

Lead Story
The hijab ban in government-run and minority-aided educational institutions seeks to undo whatever little progress has been made in getting Muslims ed
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Interview: Charanjit Singh Channi

Charanjit Singh Channi: ‘We will get the support of the poor’

Politics
Interview with Charanjit Singh Channi, Chief Minister of Punjab.
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Attacks on women by right-wingers

Victimising women: How the right wing attacks Muslim women

Lead Story
Muslim women have always been in the cross-hairs of the Sangh Parivar, and issues such as the hijab ban and the ‘Sulli Deals’ controversy only hig
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Goa Assembly election

Goa Assembly election: A vote for change?

Politics
The high voter turnout, the increase in the number of contestants, and a strong anti-incumbency mood might upset the BJP’s plans to retain power in
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ASSEMBLY ELECTION: Uttar Pradesh

Down to the wire

Politics
The OBC-MBC consolidation created by the BJP has broken down following the desertion by strong regional leaders. The smaller allies of the S.P. are ex
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COVER STORY: The hijab controversy

‘Purdah’ for men, too

Lead Story
In Islam, a man too is required to dress modestly. Pertinently, this ‘purdah’, or concealment, is not just for women but also men.
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Cover Story: The hijab controversy

Denying agency of choice

Lead Story
The woman’s right to wear or not wear the hijab is often not considered an independent decision. And women voices on the subject are seldom heard.
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Economic perspectives

Financial markets at a turning point as inflation looms large

C.P. Chandrasekhar
High inflation in advanced economies is forcing central banks to go back on their unconventional monetary policies. It also spells trouble for emergin
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Book Review

Building bridges

Books
This book is a significant contribution to the understanding of India-Pakistan relations and the complex peace-building process.
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Cover Story: Hijab controversy

Tearing the social fabric

Lead Story
The hijab controversy is a part of the Hindu right wing’s strategy of alienating Muslims by creating an ‘us versus them’ narrative. Observers se
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UTTARAKHAND ASSEMBLY ELECTION

‘People are rooting for the Congress’

Politics
Interview with Harish Rawat, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.
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UTTARAKHAND ASSEMBLY ELECTION

Close contest

Politics
The Congress leaves no stone unturned to gain power by capitalising on discontent over unemployment and price rise and its ‘soft Hindutva’ strateg