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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’

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

The rot within: The many woes of SBI

The Nation
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

The Nation
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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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

The Nation
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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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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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