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25-03-2022

Saffron spread & regional resistance (March 25, 2022)

Briefing

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TRIBUTE

Bappi Lahiri: The maverick musical genius

Obituary
Bappi Lahiri (1952-2022) gave some of the best songs in Hindi cinema yet in many ways remained unsung, pigeonholed by the media and even his committed
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Interview: Arvind Narrain

Arvind Narrain: Countering the totalitarian state

Books
Interview with Arvind Narrain, writer and lawyer.
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INTERVIEW

Arvind Rajagopal: ‘Media are active agents of a counter-revolution’

India
Interview with Arvind Rajagopal, Professor of Media Studies, New York University.
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SBI woes

The rot within: The many woes of SBI

India
State Bank of India, India’s largest bank, is plagued with a host of problems, mostly relating to wages, perks and pensions, and the latest addition
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Higher Education

Changes in the Centre’s NOS Scheme restrict what subjects students can study abroad

Education
By barring students from marginalised communities who need to use the National Overseas Scholarship Scheme from studying Indian history, culture and h
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AFSPA

Disturbing Act: The AFSPA's history in the north-eastern region

India
For more than 50 years, successive governments have used the AFSPA to perpetuate a reign of terror in the north-eastern region. However, despite the l
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LABOUR

Gig workers vulnerable to exploitation

Social Issues
Gig workers present the new face of employment in India, with no fixed working hours and no proper terms of employment to which the employer can be he
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TN Local body elections

DMK’s winning spree in Tamil Nadu continues

Politics
The ruling party in Tamil Nadu and its allies romp home to a massive victory in the local body elections, while the BJP makes exaggerated claims of ha
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Science

Scientists’ search for the elusive magnetic monopole

Science & Technology
While theories such as the grand unified theories (GUTs), which unify electromagnetism, nuclear forces and gravity in one framework, predict the exist
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Ahmedabad blasts case

Shocking verdict: Human rights activists outraged by death sentence in Ahmedabad blasts case

India
A special court sentences 38 persons to death for the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts, leading to widespread outrage among human rights activists and comparison
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HUMAN RIGHTS

Student leader’s death sparks protests in West Bengal

Politics
A wave of agitations following the death of a Muslim student leader, Anis Khan, in controversial circumstances puts West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool C
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ODISHA LOCAL BODY ELECTIONS

Naveen raj: Biju Janata Dal wins big in Odisha panchayat elections

Politics
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has consolidated his position further in Odisha following his Biju Janata Dal’s massive win in the panchayat elections
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Russia-Ukraine

Ukraine conflict: Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky responsible for crisis

World Affairs
Presidents Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelensky should urgently find a way out of the crisis they are responsible for. If these three men
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Russia-Ukraine

Operation Ganga: The botched-up evacuation of Indian students from Ukraine

World Affairs
Unlike the historic Kuwait airlift of 1990, which was a study in efficiency, the Narendra Modi government’s evacuation of Indian students from Ukrai
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Afghanistan

Sanctions farce: The U.S.' move to steal the Afghan people's money

World Affairs
The Biden administration’s decision to freeze $7 billion of Afghanistan’s assets, which has pushed the country into a deeper economic and humanita
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RUSSIA-UKRAINE

Ukraine conflict: Russia's military gambit

World Affairs
Russia invokes the right to protect civilians doctrine, which was used by the U.S. in its post-Soviet Union wars, to a launch special military action
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RUSSIA-UKRAINE

Ukraine conflict: Western provocation

World Affairs
The Soviet leadership was promised in 1990 that NATO would not “move an inch eastward”, so the military alliance’s decision to include Ukraine
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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results: The effect of caste equations on voting

Lead Story
The S.P. was able to increase its vote share in this election compared with 2017 because a large section of the non-Yadav OBCs voted for it. However,
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Assembly elections

Assembly election results: How women voted

Lead Story
The claim by a section of the media and the BJP that the ‘silent’ woman voter had risen above caste and other considerations and voted for the BJP
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Uttarakhand Assembly Election

Uttarakhand Assembly election results: The BJP's winning ways

Lead Story
The BJP sweeps to power in Uttarakhand on the strength of its image as a passionate defender of the national interest, its sway over the poor achieved
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Manipur Assembly election

Manipur Assembly election results: Decisive mandate for the BJP

Lead Story
The BJP retains power in the north-eastern State by securing a simple majority, dashing the hopes of kingmaker parties and leaving the Congress in tat
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Goa Assembly Election

Goa Assembly election results: Numbers game pitches BJP back to power

Lead Story
The Bharatiya Janata Party wins its third term in Goa, thanks largely to a divided opposition. The AAP springs a surprise by winning two seats after h
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Book Review

Book Review: Prasanna Mohanty's 'An Unkept Promise: What Derailed the Indian Economy' reflects on unfulfilled commitments in the post-2014 era

Books
The book exposes the systemic flaws of governance since 2014, using persuasive arguments about what has gone wrong with the economy over the last eigh
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PUNJAB ASSEMBLY ELECTION

Punjab Assembly election results: AAP expansion

Lead Story
An avalanche of seats brings the Aam Aadmi Party to power in Punjab while sweeping away all opposition. Among those defeated by rank newcomers from th
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Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election

Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results: Hard-fought win for the BJP

Lead Story
The BJP combined welfare schemes with Hindutva and nationalism, and perhaps did some back-room manoeuvring of the Dalit vote, to hold on to its sway i
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Cover Story: Assembly Elections

Assembly election results: A tale of saffron spread and regional resistance

Lead Story
The biggest takeaway from the latest round of Assembly elections, which saw the AAP storm Punjab, the BJP retain power in U.P., Uttarakhand, Manipur a
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Uttar Pradesh elections

Waiting for the Akhilesh era

Politics
The undercurrents of Hindutva and Narendra Modi’s sway over the poor through sops have the potential to help the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, but the Samaj