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22-04-2022

Island in dire straits (April 22, 2022)

Briefing

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NORTH KOREA’S NEW MISSILE

North Korea on a testing spree

World Affairs
North Korea tests an ICBM citing the escalating military tension in and around the Korean peninsula, the inevitability of the long-standing confrontat
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Ukraine conflict

Signs of hope: Negotiations could lead to an end to Ukraine conflict

World Affairs
As the war in Ukraine enters its second month, there is a glimmer of hope that negotiations between the warring sides could end the conflict. This wou
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Common University Entrance Test

CUET challenge: Attempt to centralise education and undermine federalism

Education
The proposed Common University Entrance Test is a move towards centralising education and undermining the federal structure, something similar to repl
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Bhagavad Gita in syllabus

Targeting young minds: BJP plans to introduce Bhagavad Gita as subject in Gujarat

Communalism
The Gujarat government’s plan to introduce the Bhagavad Gita as a compulsory subject in school leads to a strong backlash from secularists, who suspec
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POLITICAL VIOLENCE

Stench of brutality in West Bengal’s Rampurhat

Politics
The arson in West Bengal’s Rampurhat where eight women and a child were killed in internecine violence between supporters of the ruling Trinamool Cong
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Controversy

Hijab verdict: Lifting the veil on essentiality

Social Issues
With so many sections of society approaching the judiciary for redress of grievances, the concept of essentiality of a religious practice will be put
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Interview: M.A. Sumanthiran

‘They kept denying that there was a crisis’

Lead Story
Interview with M.A. Sumanthiran, Tamil National Alliance leader.
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Bihar

The BJP's ‘swallowing’ tactics in Bihar

Politics
The BJP poaches all three MLAs of the Vikassheel Insaan Party in Bihar, sending a strong signal that there is no change in its decades-old strategy of
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Economic refugees

Passage to India: Arrival of economic refugees from Sri Lanka looms large

Lead Story
Intelligence agencies believe that up to 2,000 economic refugees from crisis-torn Sri Lanka will arrive in India.
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Cover Story: Sri Lanka's worsening crisis

Inherited problems that led to Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Lead Story
The Sri Lankan crisis has been intensified by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. However, the government’s attention is focussed on its foreign exch
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Foreign exchange crisis

Sri Lanka's forex crisis bodes ill for tottering economy

Lead Story
Low worker remittances and falling tourism revenue as a result of COVID-19 and diminishing export earnings have, among other reasons, triggered a mass
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COVER STORY: Sri Lanka's worsening crisis

Roots of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Lead Story
Sri Lanka’s current economic crisis is rooted in its long dalliance with IMF-imposed conditionalities and has been aggravated by the Rajapakse governm
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Sri Lanka's worsening crisis

In danger zone: Sri Lanka's downward spiral into full-blown crisis

Lead Story
Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic and humanitarian catastrophe becomes a full-blown political crisis, with the people taking to the streets in protest and
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Book Review

Book Review: 'Avvai' by Inquilab reimagines the Tamil poet

Books
A deeply political play which establishes Avvai as a vibrant, passionate poet of the Sangam period, almost an antithesis of the holier-than-thou image